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CEPR/Warwick/Princeton/Utah Political Economy Conference 2020

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CEPR/Warwick/Princeton/Utah Political Economy Conference 2020

The Department of Economics at the University of Warwick along with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Department of Politics at Princeton University, the Department of Finance at University of Utah and the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) are organising the first CEPR Conference on Political Economy in March 2020.

Thursday 2 – Friday 3 July 2020
Venue: EIEF- Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance, Via Sallustiana 62 - 00187 in Rome, Italy.

The aim of the conference is to bring together the top theoretical and empirical political scientists and economists across Europe and North America. This conference will also launch the new CEPR Polecon Research Group. A limited number of papers will be presented (10 over two days) to allow maximum time for discussion. The workshop will be held in Rome this year, building on previous successful meetings held at the Warwick in Venice Palazzo since 2013.



The Conference will feature a range of academics from across the world presenting papers on a number of topics.

Friday, 20 March

9.30 – 10.00

Registration, Coffee and Welcome Remarks from the Organisers

Session 1


10:00 – 11.00

Dominic Rohner and Mathias Thoenig (University of Lausanne)
'Ethnic Conflict and the Informational Dividend of Democracy'

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30

Gilat Levy (LSE)
'Misspecified Politics and the Recurrence of Populism' joint with Ronny Razin (LSE) and Alwyn Young (LSE)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

Session 2


14.00 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.00

Melis Kartal (Vienna University of Economics and Business)
'Fake News, Voter Overconfidence, and the Quality of Democratic Choice' joint with Jean-Robert Tyran (University of Vienna)

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.45

Keynote Speaker: TBA

19:00 onwards

Dinner (by invitation only)

Saturday, 21 March

Session 3


10.00 – 11.00

Charlotte Cavaille (Ford School, University of Michigan - Princeton University, CSDP)
'Who Cares? Measuring Preference Intensity in a Polarized Environment' joint with Daniel L Chen (TSE - IAST) and Karine Van der Straeten (TSE - IAST)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30

Ernesto dal Bo (University of California at Berkeley)
'Information Technology and Government Decentralization: Experimental Evidence From Paraguay' joint with Federico Finan (UC Berkeley), Nicholas Li (UC Berkeley), and Laura Schechter (UW-Madison)

12.30 – 12.45

Helios Herrera (University of Warwick)
'Political Economy as a Field: A Few Facts'

12.45 – 14.00


Session 4


14:00 – 15:00


15:00 – 16.00

Ravideep Sethi (University of Utah)
'The Power of the Agenda Setter: A Dynamic Legislative Bargaining Model' joint with Ewout Verriest (Penn State University)

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30

Laurent Bouton (Georgetown University)
'A Theory of Small Campaign Contributions' joint with Micael Castanheira (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Allan Drazen (University of Maryland)