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EPEC

European Political Economy Consortium (EPEC)

The European Political Economy Consortium fosters high-quality research in political economy by facilitating exchange among the leading European centres in political economy. It consists of five founding institutions, including Warwick.

In addition to providing multiple exchange opportunities for students, junior and senior colleagues among the partner centres, EPEC actively engages in creating an international research network in political economy. This includes quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, the laws and the government, the state, the allocation of power in different decision-making settings, and more generally, the success and failure of political reforms, which is determined by competing interests, contexts and the political process of reform-making.

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Founding institutions

The European Political Economy Consortium consists of the following founding institutions:

Warwick Political Economy

The Department of Economics at the University of Warwick has an active Political Economy and Public Economics, with a weekly external seminar, a weekly internal workshop, and high quality PhD students.

Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)

The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse is a unified scientific project whose aim is to study human behaviour. It offers an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to science and welcome international researchers trained in the different social sciences to tackle important research questions.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The Political Science and Political Economy (PSPE) research group at the LSE brings together faculty and PhD students who do quantitative and/or formal research on political institutions, political behaviour, public policy, and political economy.

Political Economy of Reforms (University of Mannheim)

The goal of the multidisciplinary group Political Economy of Reforms is to provide scientific insights into success and failure of reforms. About 150 international researchers from political science, economics, sociology, statistics and computer science conduct research in 18 projects at this interdisciplinary research centre.

PERICLES (Bocconi)

PERICLES - Political Economics of Reforms, Institutional Complexity and Legislative Evaluation Studies, University of Bocconi. The goal of the unit is to help cooperation and generation of new ideas on the broad questions of institutional design that society in general and Europe in particular are facing.

IPEG (Barcelona)

IPEG - Institute of Political Economy and Governance. Established in Barcelona in 2013, IPEG is a research centre that focuses on the interaction between politics (political regimes and institutions, political order and conflict, the aggregation of preferences and interests) and economics (development, the economic cycle, redistribution and welfare), although the multidisciplinary perspective of IPEG extends to sociology, history, archaeology, etc.

Interdisciplinary events

The research groups at each partner coordinate their regular seminars, workshops and conferences in the field of political economy – interdisciplinary events which bring together economists, political scientists and related disciplines. Scholars from partner centres, including PhD candidates, can present and discuss their research at these events in EPEC’s excellent international environment.

In addition to these events, EPEC supports short- and longterm visits among the partner centers. Another activity concerns the regular training in summer institutes, such as EITM Europe (Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models), the Summer School in Economics at the University of Warwick, and the LSE Summer School in Political Science and in Economics.

Finally, the research groups intend to strengthen common research activities in the field of political economy.

Executive board

  • Thomas Koenig (Mannheim)
  • Massimo Morelli (Bocconi)
  • Karine van der Straeten (Toulouse)
  • Torun Dewan (LSE)
  • Francesco Squintani (Warwick)
  • Marta Reynal-Querol (Barcelona GSE)
  • Gilat Levy (LSE)