Seminars: Political Economy

Alberto Alesina Seminar on Political Economy

Term:   Spring 2022

Location: CGIS Knafel Building Room K354

Meeting Time:  Thursdays - 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Description: The Program on Positive Political Economy (PPE) supports research-related activities that integrate the study of economics and politics, whether by studying economic behavior in the political process or political behavior in the marketplace. In general, positive political economy is concerned with showing how observed differences among institutions affect political and economic outcomes in various social, economic, and political systems and how the institutions themselves change and develop in response to individual and collective beliefs, preferences, and strategies.

List Serve/Announcements:






January 27

Ben Enke, Harvard University

“Morals as Luxury Goods and Political Polarization.”

February 3

Santiago Pérez, Brown University

"Who Benefits from Meritocracy?"

February 10

Nikhar Gaikwad, Columbia University

"How Overseas Opportunities Shape Political Preferences: A Field Experiment on International Migration."

February 11 (*Friday) 

James Feigenbaum, Brown University

“Who Becomes a Member of Congress? Evidence from De-Anonymized Census Data”

February 17

Guadalupe Tuñón, Princeton University

"When the Church Votes Left: How Progressive Bishops Helped to Build the Workers' Party in Brazil."

Feburary 24

Jesse Shapiro, Harvard University

"Measuring the Tolerance of the State: Theory and Application to Protest."

March 4* (Friday!) 

Michela Giorcelli, UCLA. Visiting Harvard Business School

“Technology Transfer and Early Industrial Development: Evidence from the Sino-Soviet Alliance”

March 10

Raquel Fernandez, New York University

"Coming Out in America: Thirty Years of Cultural Change." 

March 24

Petra Moser, New York University

Title Pending

March 31

Fred Finan, UC Berkeley

Title Pending

April 7

Agustina Paglayan, UCSD

Title Pending

April 14

Helios Herrera, New York University

Title Pending

April 21

Ben Marx, Sciences Po Paris

Title Pending