Political Science and Political Economy

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.

We organise a weekly Research Seminar and Doctoral Workshop/ Work in Progress Seminar.  We also publish a working paper series and hold an annual conference (jointly with the Department of Politics at New York University).

Our activities are supported by the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) and the LSE Government Department.

Research seminar

The PSPE Research Seminar provides a venue for researchers (mostly from outside of the LSE) to present their work.

Seminar coordinator: Dr Stephane Wolton

Location: Room 32L 3.05 and room 32L 1.04 (see dates below), LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH

Time: 14:00 to 15:30

2018-19 Year

Michaelmas Term:

Tuesday 2 October 2018
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Gabriele Gratton
Title: Political Capital (with Richard Holden and Barton Lee)

Tuesday 9 October 2018
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Eddy Malesky
Title: Testing Legislator Responsiveness to Citizens and Firms in Single-Party Regimes: A Field Experiment with the Vietnamese National Assembly

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Alessandro Riboni
Title: Nation-Building, Nationalism, and Wars 

Tuesday 23 October 2018
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Mounu Prem
Title: Corruption and Firms: Evidence from Randomized Anti-corruption Audits in Brazil

Tuesday 30 October 2018
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Joey McMurray

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Georgy Egorov

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Hye Young You
Title: Foreign Lobbying in the US Congress: Evidence from Free Trade Agreements

Tuesday 20 November 2018
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: David Yang

Tuesday 27 November 2018
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Diana Moreira
Title: Political Turnover, Bureaucratic Turnover, and the Quality of Public Services

Tuesday 4 December 2018
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Sanjeev Goyal
Title: The Strategy of Conquest 

Tuesday 11 December 2018
Room 32L 1.04, 1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Brian Knight 

Lent Term:

Tuesday 15 January 2019
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Pia Raffler
co-hosted with the African Political Economy Group 

Tuesday 22 January 2019
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

Tuesday 29 January 2019
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Ian Turner

Tuesday 5 February 2019
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Ethan Bueno de Mesquita

Tuesday 12 February 2019
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Lisa Blaydes

Tuesday 19 February 2019
Room 32L 3.05, 3rd floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Jim Fearon

Tuesday 26 February 2019
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Ruixie Jia

Tuesday 5 March 2019
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Alessandra Casella

Tuesday 12 March 2019
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Maggie Pen

Tuesday 19 March 2019
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Yotam Margalit
co-hosted with the with the Political Behaviour Group

Tuesday 26 March 2019
Room 32L 1.04,1st floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Paolo Pinotti


2017-18 Year

Lent Term:

Tuesday 9 January 2018 
Andy Eggers, Oxford
Location: 32L 3.05

Tuesday 16 January 2018
Horacio Larreguy, Harvard
Location: 32L 3.05

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Vicky Fouka, Stanford
Location: 32L 3.05

Tuesday 6 February 2018 
James Fearon, Stanford - CANCELLED
Location: 32L 3.05

Tuesday 13 February 2018
Alex Fouirnaies, Harris
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 20 February 2018
Matilde Bombardini, UBC
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 27 February 2018
Sarah Moshary, Upenn
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 6 March 2018
Jonathan Woon, University of Pittsburgh
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 13 March 2018
Maya Sen, Harvard - CANCELLED
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 20 March 2018
Noam Yuchtman, Berkeley (Haas)
Location: room 32L 1.04

Michaelmas Term:

Tuesday 3 October 2017
Roberto Galbiati, Sciences Po
Location: 32L 3.05
Title: The Political Cost of Being Soft on Crime:Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Tuesday 10 October 2017
Hulya Eraslan, Rice University
Location: 32L 3.05
Title: Information Acquisition under Persuasive Precedent versus Binding Precedent

Tuesday 17 October 2017
Marina Azzimonti, Stony Brook
Location: room 32L 3.05
Title: Social Media Networks, Fake News, and Polarization 

Tuesday 24 October 2017
Greg Martin, Emory
Location: room 32L 1.04
Title: Election Coverage and Slant in Television News

Tuesday 31 October 2017
Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, PSE
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 7 November 2017
Molly Robets, UCSD
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 14 November 2017
Stefan Krasa, UofI, Urbana-Champaign
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 21 November 2017
Milan Svolik, Yale
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 28 November 2017
Mehdi Shadmehr, Calgary
Location: room 32L 1.04

Tuesday 5 December 2017
Giacomo Ponzetto, Barcelona GSE
Location: room 32L 1.04

2016-17 Year

Michaelmas Term:

Tuesday 4 October 2016
Tiberiu Dragu, New York University
'The Dynamic Foundations of Terrorism and Counterterrorism'

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Claudio Ferraz, PUC-Rio
'Can Entertainment Media Undermine Dictatorships? Evidence from Brazil’s Novelas (with A. Chong, F. Finan, E. La Ferrara and L. Meloni)'

Tuesday 18 October 2016
Karam Kang, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
'The Value of Connections in Lobbying' 

Tuesday 25 October 2016
Alessandro Lizzeri, New York University
'The Political Economy of Debt and Entitlements'

Tuesday 1 November 2016
Octavia Dana Foarta,Stanford Graduate School of Business
'Centralization versus separation of regulatory institutions'

Tuesday 8 November 2016
Marta Reynal Querol
'Ethnic Diversity and Growth: Revisiting the Evidence' 

Tuesday 15 November 2016
Stefano DellaVigna, UC Berkeley
'Predicting Experimental Results: Who Knows What?'

Tuesday 22 November 2016
Eliana La Ferrara, Bocconi University
'Interaction, stereotypes and performance: Evidence from South Africa" (joint with J. Burns and L. Corno)'

Tuesday 29 November 2016
Cesar Martinelli, George Mason University
Electoral Accountability and Responsive Democracy

Tuesday 6 December 2016
Petra Persson, Stanford University
'Bargaining Power, Narrow Coverage, and Welfare in Health Insurance Design" (joint with Maria Polyakova)'

Lent Term:

Tuesday 10 January 2017
Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan
'When Order Affects Performance: Behavioral Spillovers and Institutional Path Dependence'

Tuesday 17January 2017
Will Howell, University of Chicago

Tuesday 24 January 2017
Ola Olsson, University of Gothenburg
'Roman Roads to Prosperity: The Long-Run Impact of Infrastructure on Economic Activity" (with C-J Dalgaard, Nicolai Kaarsen and Pablo Selaya)'

Tuesday 31January 2017
Paola Conconi, Ecares
'Abortion, Environment, Guns: How Single-Minded Voters Shape Politicians’ Decisions” (with Laurent Bouton, Francisco Pino and Maurizio Zanardi)'

Tuesday 7 February 2017
Jenny Guardado, Georgetown University
'Office-Selling, Corruption, and Long-Term Development in Peru'

Tuesday 14 February 2017
Christopher Berry, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
'Leadership or Luck: An Analysis of World Leaders, Governors, and Mayors'

Tuesday 21 February 2017
Andrea Tesei , Queen Mary University
'The Political Legacy of Entertainment TV' (joint with R. Durante and P. Pinotti)

Tuesday 28 February 2017
Scott Tyson, University of Michigan
'Deterrence and counterdeterrence in the fight against global terror''

Tuesday 7 March 2017
John Patty, University of Chicago
'A Taste for Polarization? Uncertainty, Legislative Agendas, and Preferences Over Representatives'

Tuesday 14 March 2017
Ken Scheve, Stanford University

Tuesday 21 March 2017
Nahomi Ichino, University of Michigan

Tuesday 25 April 2017
Daniel Rubenson, Ryerson University

Tuesday 2 May 2017
Toke Aidt, Cambridge University
*this seminar will take place at the earlier time of 12:30 - 14:00

Tuesday 9 May 2017
Andrea Mattozzi, European University Institute

2015-16 Year

Michaelmas Term:

Tuesday 22 September 2015
Strategic Mass Killings
Joan Esteban, Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica

Tuesday 29 September 2015
State Capacity, Local Governance, and Economic Development in Vietnam
Melissa Dell, Harvard University

Tuesday 6 October 2015
The Political Economy of Liberal Democracy
Dani Rodrik, Harvard University
**Please note this seminar will take place in 32L 1.04**

Tuesday 13 October 2015 
How Modern Dictators Survive: An Informational Theory of the New Authoritarianism
Sergei Guriev, Sciences Po

Tuesday 20 October 2015
Highway to Hitler
Joachim Voth, University of Zurich

Tuesday 27 October 2015 
Valence influence in electoral competition with rank objectives
Alexei V. Zakharov, HSE Faculty of Economics

Tuesday 3 November 2015
The Effect of Civilian Casualties on Wartime Informing: Evidence from the Iraq War
Jake Shapiro, Princeton University

Tuesday 10 November 2015
Do Government Audits Reduce Corruption? Estimating the Long-Term Impacts of Exposing Corrupt Politicians
Frederico Finan, University of California
**Please note this seminar will take place in 32L 1.04**

Tuesday 17 November 2015
Debates: Voting and Expenditure Responses to Political Communication
Katherine Casey, Stanford Graduate School
**Please note this seminar will take place in 32L 1.04**

Tuesday 24 November 2015 
Media Power
Andrea Prat, Columbia University
**Please note this seminar will take place in 32L 1.04**

Tuesday 1 December 2015
Electoral Ambiguity and Political Representation (podcast will be available)
Richard Van Welden, University of Chicago

Tuesday 8 December 2015
Econographics and Political Attitudes: Evidence from Nation-wide, Incentivized, Surveys
Erik Snowberg, California Institute of Technology

Lent Term:
**All LT seminars will take place in 32L 1.04**

Tuesday 12 January 2016
Can Intrastate Accountability Reduce Local Capture? Results from a Field Experiment in Mexico (podcast will be available)
Ana de la O, Yale University

Tuesday 19 January 2016
Language Policy and Human Development
David Laitin, Stanford University

Tuesday 26 January 2016
Political Language in Economics 
Suresh Naidu, Santa Fe Institute

Thursday 28 January 2016
Nazi Occupation and Political Polarization: the Effects of the Italian Civil War of 1943-45
Guido Tabellini, Bocconi University

Tuesday 2 February 2016 
Reading Between the Lines: Prediction of Political Violence Using Newspaper Text
Hannes Mueller, Institute for Economic Analysis

Tuesday 9 February 2016
Path Dependence in European Development
Avidit Acharya, Stanford University

Tuesday 16 February 2016
Intra-Party Disagreement and Inter-Party Polarization 
James Snyder, Harvard University

Tuesday 23 February 2016
The Political Economy of Social Media in China
David Stromberg, Institute for International Economic Studies

Tuesday 1 March 2016 
Dynamic Coalitions and Communication: Public versus Private Negotiations
Salvatore Nunnari, Bocconi University

Tuesday 8 March 2016
The Turnout and Partisanship Consequences of Early Voting 
Ethan Kaplan, University of Maryland

Tuesday 15 March 2016
Influencing connected legislators
Marco Battaglini, Cornell University

Tuesday 22 March 2016
The Loser’s Bonus:  Political Geography and Minority Party Representation
Jonathan Rodden, Stanford University

Summer Term:

Tuesday 26 April 2016
Taxation without Representation? Experimental Evidence from Ghana and Uganda on Citizen Action toward Taxes, Oil, and Aid
Helen Milner, Princeton University

Tuesday 3 May 2016
Do Close Elections Cause Higher Turnout? Evidence from Swiss Referenda
Leonardo Bursztyn, UCLA School of Management

2014-15 Year

Michaelmas Term

Tuesday 14 October 2014 
"Get Rid of Unanimity: The Superiority of Majority with Veto Power"
Aniol Llorente-Saguer, Queen Mary University of London

Tuesday 21 October 2014
"Capital Cities, Conflict, and Misgovernance: Theory and Evidence" 
Filipe Campante, Harvard Kennedy School

Tuesday 4 November 2014
"Voter Registration Costs and Disenfranchisement: Experimental Evidence from France" 
Vincent Pons, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tuesday 11 November 2014
"Electoral Rules and the Quality of Politicians: Theory and Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan"
Ruben Enikolopov, Barcelona Institute for Political Economy and Governance

Tuesday 18 November 2014
"Conservation Contracts and Political Regimes"
Bard Harstad, University of Oslo

Monday 24 November 2014 

"US Congress and Foreign Policy Lobbying"
Thad Kousser, University of California

Tuesday 25 November 2014
"Preferential Voting, Accountability and Promotions into Political Power"
Torsten Persson, Institute for International Economic Studies

Tuesday 2 December 2014
"Reactionary Reform and Radical Restraint"
Peter Buisseret, Warwick University

Tuesday 9 December 2014
"Attack When the World is Not Watching? International Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
Ruben Durante, Sciences Po

Lent Term

Tuesday 13 January 2015 
"Prosocial Insurgents: Evidence from Nepal's Maoists"
Cyrus Samii, New York University

Tuesday 20 January 2015 
"Dispute Resolution Institutions and Strategic Militarization’’
Massimo Morelli, Columbia University

Tuesday 27 January 2015 
"The Political Economy of Enforcing Conditional Welfare Programs: Evidence from Brazil"
Fernanda Brollo, University of Alicante

Tuesday 3 February 2015 
"Voter Learning in Electoral Primaries"
Catherine Hafer, New York University

Tuesday 10 February 2015
"Deliberate Disengagement: How Education Decreases Political Participation in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes"
Guy Grossman, University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday 17 February 2015 
"Tailoring Intertemporal Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan"
Michael Callen, Harvard Kennedy School

Tuesday 24 February 2015
"Efficiency of Flexible Budgetary Institutions"
Renee Bowen, Stanford Business School

Monday 2 March 2015, 13:00 - 14:30, in 32L.LG.02.
Lunch will be provided.
"Policy Unbundling and Special Interest Politics"
Patrick Le Bihan, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Tuesday 3 March 2015 
"A Structural Model of Political Accountability "
Allan Drazen, University of Maryland

Tuesday 10 March 2015 
Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party
Shanker Satyanath, New York University

Tuesday 17 March 2015
"Elections as a Method of Processing Conflicts"
Adam Przeworski, New York University

Tuesday 28 April 2015
"Newspapers in Times of Low Advertising Revenues"
Julia Cage, Sciences Po Paris, Department of Economics

Tuesday 12 May 2015
"Local Agency Costs of Political Centralization"
Roger Myerson, University of Chicago 

2013-14 Year

Lent Term

Tuesday 21 January 2014
"Mandatory Versus Discretionary Spending: The Status Quo Effect"
Hulya Eraslan, Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday 28 January 2014
"The Impact of Unions on Workers' Political Preferences"
Yotam Margalit,  Columbia University

Tuesday 4 February 2014
"Correlation Neglect, Voting Behaviour and Polarization"
Ronny Razin, London School of Economics

Tuesday 11 February 2014
"Communication in Multilateral Bargaining" 
Marina Agranov, California Institute of Technology

Tuesday 18 February 2014
"Political Incentives to Privatize"
Pablo Montagnes, Harris School of Public Policy

T uesday 25 February 2014
"Electoral Control and the Human Capital of Politicians"
Carlo Prato, Georgetown University

Tuesday 4 March 2014
"Democracy Undone. Systematic Minority Advantage in Competitive Vote Markets"
Alessandra Casella, Columbia University

Tuesday 11 March 2014
"Politics and Administration"
Michael Ting, Columbia University

Tuesday 18 March 2014"
Airpower and Coercion in Counterinsurgency Wars: Evidence from Afghanistan"
Jason Lyall, Yale University

Michaelmas Term

Tuesday 8 October 2013
"Evaluating Competing Explanations for The Midterm Gap: A Unified Econometric Approach with Microfoundations”.
Brian Knight, Brown University

Tuesday 15 October 2013
“Do Legislators Cater to the Priorities of their Constituents?”
Anthony Fowler, Harris School of Public Policy

Tuesday 22 October 2013
“Demand Slant: How Abstention shapes voters choice of news media”
Santiago Oliveros, University of Essex

Tuesday 5 November 2013
"Ethnicity or Class? Identity Choice in Elections and its Implications for Redistribution"
John Huber, Colombia University

Tuesday 12 November 2013
"Incumbency Disadvantage In Weak Party Systems: Evidence from Brazil"
Rocio Titiunik, University of Michigan

Tuesday 19 November 2013
"Imperfectly Informed Voters and Strategic Extremism" 
Enriqueta Aragones, Institute for Economic Analysis 

Tuesday 26 November 2013
Voting to Tell Others
Stefano DellaVigna, University of California

Thursday 28 November 2013
Note - this seminar will be held in NAB.LG.09, between 13:00-14:00
Are Voters Equal Under Proportional Representation?
Orit Kedar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tuesday 3 December 2013
"The Dictator's Inner Circle"
Francesco Trebbi, The University of British Colombia

Tuesday 10 December 2013
"Political Reform and Elite Political Persistence"
Pablo Querubin, New York University

2012-13 Year

Lent Term

Tuesday 15 January 2013It's the Bribe, Stupid! Pocketbook vs. Sociotropic Corruption Voting
The Economy, Corruption, and the Vote: Evidence from Experiments in Sweden and Moldova
Joshua Tucker NYU 

Tuesday 22 January 2013Cross-Border Spillover: U.S. Gun Laws and Violence in Mexico
Oeindrila Dube NYU  

Tuesday 19 February 2013Cross-border media and nationalism: Evidence from Serbian radio in Croatia
Maria Petrova, New Economics School Moscow

Tuesday 26 February 2013Education and Human Capital Externalities: Evidence from Colonial Benin
Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton

Tuesday 5 March 2013The Lawmakers: Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress
Alan Wiseman, Vanderbilt

Tuesday 12 March 2013Pre-emptive Policy Experimentation
Steve Callander, Stanford GSB

Tuesday 19 March 2013 
Renewable Resource Shocks and Conflict in India's Maoist Belt
Shanker Satyanath, NYU  

Michaelmas Term

Tuesday 9 October 2012 Marketing sovereign promises:  The English model
Gary Cox, Stanford University

Tuesday 16 October 2012 Permanent Friends? Dynamic Difference and the Democratic Peace
Erik Gartzke, University of California, San Diego

Tuesday 23 October 2012 Ethnic Inequality
Alberto Alesina, Harvard University

Tuesday 30 October 2012 Information and Contestation: A Formal Model of Notice and Comment
Sean Gailmard, University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday 6 November 2012 Cross-border media and nationalism: Evidence from Serbian radio in Croatia
Maria Petrova, New Economic School, Moscow

Tuesday 13 November 2012 Procedural Choice in Majoritarian Organizations
Daniel Diermeier, Northwestern University

Tuesday 20 November 2012 Credibility and Commitment in Crisis Bargaining
Kris Ramsay, Princeton University

Tuesday 27 November 2012 Transparency and Legislative Behaviour
John Carey, Dartmouth College

Tuesday 4 December 2012 International Conventions and Non-State Actors: Selection, Signalling, and Reputation Effects
Kristian Gleditsch, Essex University

2011-12 Year

Lent Term

Tuesday 10 January 2012

"The Impact of Elections on Cooperation: Evidence from a Lab in the Field Experiment in Uganda"
Guy Grossman, Princeton University(with Delia Baldassarri Princeton University)

Tuesday 17 January 2012 "The Total Survey Error Paradigm and Pre-election Polls: The Case of the 2006 Italian General Election"
Laura Fumagalli, University of Essex (with Emanuela Sala, University of Milano-Bicocca)

Tuesday 24 January 2012 "Divided Majority and Information Aggregation: A Laboratory Experiment"
Laurent Bouton, Boston University

Tuesday 31 January 2012 "Female Representation but Male Rule? Elite Entrenchment, Gender Quotas and the Political Glass Ceiling"
Olle Folke, Columbia University
(with Johanna Rickne, Research Institute for Industrial Economics & Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

Tuesday 7 February 2012 "Money in Judicial Politics: Individual Contributions and Collective Decisions"
Matias Iaryczower, Princeton University
(with Matthew Shum, Princeton University)

Tuesday 14 February 2012 "The Treaty of Lisbon and European Union Trade Policy: A Political-Economic Analysis"
Christophe Crombez, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven/Stanford University
(with Wim Van Gestel, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Tuesday 21 February 2012 "Information Revelation and (Anti-)Pandering in Elections"
Navin Kartik, Columbia University
(with Francesco Squintani, Warwick University, and Katrin Tinn, Imperial College)

Tuesday 28 February 2012 "Vote Markets".
Tom Palfrey, Caltech

Tuesday 6 March 2012 "To Vote Or To Abstain? An Experimental Study of Rational and Normative Considerations Under First Past the Post and PR Elections"
Andre Blais, University of Montreal
(with Jean-Benoit Pilet, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Karine van der Straeten, Toulouse School of Economics, Jean-François Laslier, École Polytechnique, and
Maxime Héroux-Legault, Université de Montréal)

Tuesday 13 March 2012 "Markovian Elections"
John Duggan, University of Rochester
(with Jean Guillaume Forand, University of Waterloo, Ontario)

Tuesday 20 March 2012 "The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Shapes the Development of Nations"
Michael Ross, UCLA


Tuesday 4 October 2011 "Ethnicity and Conflict: An Empirical Study"
Joan Esteban, Institute for Economic Analysis, Barcelona
(with Laura Mayoral, Institute for Economic Analysis, Barcelona, and
Debraj Ray, New York University)

Tuesday 11 October 2011 "Should Audiences Cost? Optimal Domestic Constraints in International Crises"
Scott Ashworth, University of Chicago
(with Kristopher W. Ramsay, Princeton University)

Tuesday 18 October 2011 "Why Do Authoritarian Regimes Sign the Convention AgainstTorture? Signalling, Domestic Politics and Non-Compliance"
Peter Rosendorff, New York University
(with James R. Hollyer, New York University)

Tuesday 25 October 2011 "Monopolizing Violence and Consolidating Power"
Robert Powell, UC Berkeley

Tuesday 1 November 2011 "Dynastic Leaders and Economic Performance: Theory and Evidence"
Tim Besley, LSE
(with Marta Reynal-Querol, University of Pompeu Fabra)

Tuesday 8 November 2011 "Vote Buying in the UN General Assembly"
Randall Stone, University of Rochester
(with David Carter, Penn State University)

Tuesday 15 November 2011 "Is Political Behaviour Better Explained Using Self-Confirming Equilibria?"
Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan

Tuesday 22 November 2011 "The Self-Defeating Rationale for Torture"
Sandeep Baliga, Northwestern University
(with Jeffrey Ely, Northwestern University)

Tuesday 29 November 2011 "Markov Voting Equilibria: Theory and Applications"
Georgy Egorov, Northwestern University
(with Daron Acemoglu, MIT, and Konstantin Sonin, New Economic School)

Tuesday 6 December 2011 "Assessing Racial Discrimination in Parole Release"
Nicolas Sahuguet, HEC Montreal
(with Stéphane Mechoulan, Dalhousie University)

PSPE Doctoral Workshop / Work in Progress Seminar

The PSPE Doctoral Workshop/Work in Progress Seminar is intended as an informal setting in which LSE PhD students and LSE staff, and visiting scholars can present and receive feedback on early stage and ongoing research. The Seminar aims to foster a strong and lively research community within the PSPE group and beyond. We welcome empirical or theoretical work linked in any way to politics or political economy. Anyone in the LSE community is welcome to attend. The seminar meets Wednesdays 13:00-14:00 in room 32L.G.20 (Lincoln's Inn Fields building).

Faculty organizer: Dr Stephane Wolton (s.wolton@lse.ac.uk). Student coordinator: Greg Sheen (c.sheen@lse.ac.uk)

Working papers

2017 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2017
Organised Crime, Captured Politicians and the Allocation of Public Resources
Marco Di Cataldo (LSE) and Nicola Mastrorocco (LSE)

2016 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2016
Votes for and by Women: How Did Women Vote after the Nineteenth Amendment?
Mona Morgan-Collins (LSE)

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2016
Lobbying, Inside and Out: How Special Interest Groups Influence Policy Choices
Dr Stephane Wolton (LSE)

2015 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2015
Explanations and Accountability: Deliberation in UK Select Committees
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey (LSE)

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2015
Forward Guidance as a New Idea: Changes in the MPC Discourse of the MPC under King and Carney
Derek William Vallès and Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey (LSE)

2014 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2014
Divide and Rule: Redistribution in a Model with Differentiated Candidates
Konstantinos Matakos (LSE)
Dimitrios Xefteris (University of Cyprus)

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2014
Reason-Based Rationalization
Franz Dietrich (Paris School of Economics,CNRS, and University of East Anglia)Christian List (LSE)

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2014
Monetary Policy Oversight in Comparative Perspective: Britain and America during the Financial Crisis
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey (LSE)

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2014
Anthropometric Dividends of Czechoslovakias Break Up
Joan Costa Font (LSE)
Lucia Kossarova (LSE)

2013 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2013 
Rethinking Compassion: Toward a Political Account of the Partisan Gender Gap
Scott Blinder (University of Oxford)
Meredith Rolfe (LSE) 

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2013
Between Economic Necessity and Ideology: IMF Programs Before and During the Global Financial Crisis
Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton)

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2013
The Perverse Consequences of Policy Restrictions in the Presence of Asymmetric Information
Rafael Hortala-Vallve (LSE)
Valentino Larcinese (LSE)
Stephanie J. Rickard (LSE)

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2013
What lies behind the promise of fiscal austerity? Unveiling the determinants of party positioning in the EU
Elina De Simone (University of Naples)
Alessandro Sapio (University of Naples)

2012 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2012
Policy Learning and Elections
Torun Dewan, LSE
Rafael Hortala-Vallve, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2012
Testing Models of Distributive Politics using Exit Polls to Measure Voters' Preferences and Partisanship
Valentino Larcinese, LSE
James M. Snyder, Jr, Harvard University
Cecilia Testa, Royal Holloway, University of London

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2012
International Treaty Recognition and Party Competition: Theory and Evidence from the EU's Constitutional Treaty
Andreas Dur, University of Salzburg
Nikitas Konstantinidis, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2012
Teams of Rivals: Learning About a Cabinet and its Shadow
Torun Dewan, LSE
Rafael Hortala-Vallve, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 5, 2012
Moral Hazard in an Economic Union: Politics, Economics, and Fiscal Gimmickry in Europe
James Alt, Harvard University
David Dreyer Lassen, University of Copenhagen
Joachim Wehner, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 6, 2012
Political Budget Cycles and Intergovernmental Transfers in a Dominant Party Framework: Empirical Evidence from South Africa
Verena Kroth, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 7, 2012
Effects of Transparency on Behaviour in the European Parliament
Simon Hix, LSE
Sara Hagemann, LSE
Doru Frantescu, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 8, 2012
Deliberation on Monetary Policy in Times of Crisis in the UK and US – or, How the British and Americans Came to Different Understandings of the Financial Crisis
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 9, 2012
Crime and Punishment the British Way: Accountability Channels Following the MPs’ Expenses Scandal
Valentino Larcinese, LSE
Indraneel Sircar (University of Essex)

2011 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2011
Why do States Commit to International Labour Standards? The Importance of 'Rivalry' and 'Friendship'
Leonardo Baccini, IMT Lucca
Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2011
Military Conscription, Foreign Policy, and Income Inequality: The Missing Link
Nikitas Konstantinidis, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2011
Endogenous Ethnicity
Elliott Green, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2011
Who Kills? Social Influence, Spatial Opportunity, and Participation in Inter-group Violence
Omar McDoom, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 5, 2011
The Psychology of Security Threats in Ethnic Warfare: Evidence from Rwanda's Genocide
Omar McDoom, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 6, 2011
How Significant are Fiscal Interactions in Designing Federations? A Meta-Regression Analysis
Joan Costa-Font, LSE
Hristis Doucouliagos, Deakin University Australia

PSPE Working Paper 7, 2011
Enfranchisement and Representation: Italy 1909-1913
Valentino Larcinese, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 8, 2011 
Electoral Accountability and the UK Parliamentary Expenses Scandal: Did Voters Punish Corrupt MPs?
Andrew Eggers, LSE
Alexander Fisher, Yale University

PSPE Working Paper 9, 2011
In Their Own Words: Perspectives from the Congressional Banking Committees
Andrew Bailey, Bank of England
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 10, 2011
Information Aggregation and Optimal Structure of the Executive
Torun Dewan, LSE
Andrea Galeotti, University of Essex
Christian Ghiglino, University of Essex
Francesco Squintani, Warwick University

2010 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2010
Did the Extension of the Franchise Increase the Liberal Vote in Victorian Britain Evidence from the Second Reform Act
Samuel Berlinski, University College London
Torun Dewan, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2010
Ideological Change and the Economics of Voting  Behaviour in the US, 1920-2008
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2010
A Reason-Based Theory of Rational Choice
Franz Dietrich, LSE
Christian List, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2010
On the Size and Shape of African States
Elliott Green, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 5, 2010
Launchpads and Graveyards: Career Profiles and the Design of Hierarchies
Klaus Broesamle, Nuffield College, Oxford

PSPE Working Paper 6, 2010
Independence and Interdependence: Lessons from the Hive
Christian List, LSE
Adrian Vermeule, Harvard University

PSPE Working Paper 7, 2010
Workers of the World, Unite! Franchise Extensions and the Threat of Revolutions in Europe, 1820-1938
Toke Aidt, University of Cambridge
Peter Jensen, University of Southern Denmark

PSPE Working Paper 8, 2010
Deliberation and Oversight in Monetary Policy, 1976-2008
Andrew Bailey, Bank of England
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, LSE

2009 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2009
The Electoral Sweet Spot: Low-Magnitude Proportional Electoral Systems
John M. Carey, Dartmouth College
Simon Hix, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2009
Generous Legislators? A Description of Vote Trading Agreements (Theory and Experiments)
Rafael Hortala-Vallve, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2009
Policy Restrictions, Democratic Deficit and Redistribution
Valentino Larcinese, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2009
Endogenous Preferences: The Political Consequences of Economic Institutions
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 5, 2009
Cabinet Structure and Fiscal Policy Outcomes
Joachim Wehner, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 6, 2009
On the Rhetorical Strategies of Leaders:Speaking Clearly, Standing Back, and Stepping Down
Torun Dewan, LSE
David Myatt, University of Oxford

PSPE Working Paper 7, 2009
The Three A's of Government Formation: Appointment, Allocation, and Assignment
Torun Dewan, LSE
Rafael Hortala-Vallve, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 8, 2009
A Model of Non-Informational Preference Change
Franz Dietrich, University of Maastricht and LSE
Christian List, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 9, 2009
Policy Shaping Politics: Monetary Policy Deliberations in Congressional Hearings, 1976-2008
Andrew Bailey, Bank of England
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 10, 2009
Deliberation and Monetary Policy:Quantifying the Words of American Central Bankers, 1979-1999
Andrew Bailey, Bank of England
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, LSE

2008 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2008
The Qualities of Leadership: Direction, Communication, and Obfuscation
Torun Dewan, LSE
David Myatt, University of Oxford

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2008
A Simple Mechanism for Resolving Conflict
Rafael Hortala-Vallve, LSE and Nuffield College, Oxford
Aniol Llorente-Saguer, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2008
The Declining Talent Pool of Government
Torun Dewan, LSE
David Myatt, University of Oxford

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2008
Institutional Constraints on Profligate Politicians: The Conditional Effect of Partisan Fragmentation on Budget Deficits
Joachim Wehner, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 5, 2008
Exchange Rate Regime Choice with Multiple Key Currencies
Thomas Plümper, University of Essex
Eric Neumayer, LSE

2007 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2007
The Elusive Qualities of Leadership: Leaders and Decision Delegates
Patrick Dunleavy, LSE
Bernard Steunenberg, Leiden University

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2007
Famine Mortality, Rational Political Inactivity, and International Food Aid
Thomas Plümper, University of Essex
Eric Neumayer, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2007
Entry and Asymmetric Lobbying: Why Governments Pick Losers
Richard E. Baldwin, Graduate Institute of International Studies
Frédéric Robert-Nicoud, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2007
Group Deliberation and the Transformation of Judgments: An Impossibility Result
Christian List, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 5, 2007
The Effective Space of Party Competition
Patrick Dunleavy, LSE
Rekha Diwakar, LSE
Christopher Dunleavy, Trinity College, Cambridge

PSPE Working Paper 6, 2007
Policy Shaping Politics: Monetary Policy Deliberations in Congressional Hearings
Andrew Bailey, Bank of England
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 7, 2007
Partisan Bias in Economic News: Evidence on the Agenda-Setting Behaviour of U.S. Newspapers
Valentino Larcinese, LSE
Riccardo Puglisi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
James M. Snyder Jr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PSPE Working Paper 8, 2007
From Doves to Hawks: A Spatial Analysis of Voting in the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, 1997-2007
Simon Hix, LSE
Bjorn Hoyland, University of Oslo
Nick Vivyan, LSE

2006 Series

PSPE Working Paper 1, 2006
Deliberation, Single-Peakedness, and the Possibility of Meaningful Democracy: Evidence from Deliberative Polls
Christian List, LSE
Robert C. Luskin, University of Texas at Austin
James S. Fishkin, Stanford University
Iain McLean, Nuffield College, Oxford University

PSPE Working Paper 2, 2006
Does Deliberation Matter in FOMC Monetary Policymaking? The Volcker Revolution of 1979
Andrew Bailey, Bank of England
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 3, 2006
Term Limits and Electoral Accountability
Michael Smart, University of Toronto
Daniel Sturm, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 4, 2006
The Meaning of Conflict in the Korean National Assembly
Hae-Won Jun, Yonsei University, Seoul
Simon Hix, LSE

PSPE Working Paper 5, 2006
In Praise of Manipulation
Keith Dowding, LSE
Martin van Hees, University of Groningen

PSPE Working Paper 6, 2006
Extremist Outbidding In Ethnic Party Systems Is Not Inevitable: Tribune Parties in Northern Ireland
Paul Mitchell, LSE
Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield College, Oxford
Brendan O'Leary, University of Pennsylvania

PSPE Working Paper 7, 2006
Leading the Party: Coordination, Direction, and Communication
Torun Dewan, LSE
David Myatt, University of Oxford

PSPE Working Paper 8, 2006
Legislative Institutions and Fiscal Policy
Joachim Wehner, LSE