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Click on a faculty member's name for more information about his or her research interests. In addition to names listed here, many of the more than 100 members of the faculty in Economics, Politics, and the Woodrow Wilson School have interests in political economy.


PROGRAM COMMITTEE (2014-15)

CHAIR: Kristopher Ramsay, Politics

Marco Battaglini, Economics

Gene Grossman, Economics and WWS

John Londregan, Politics and WWS

Nolan McCarty, Politics and WWS

Adam Meirowitz, Politics

Thomas Romer, Politics and WWS

ASSOCIATED FACULTY

Douglas Arnold, Politics and WWS

Roland Benabou, Economics and WWS

Carles Boix, Politics and WWS

Charles Cameron, Politics and WWS

Brandice Canes-Wrone, Politics and WWS

Anne Case, Economics and WWS

Sylvain Chassang, Economics and WWS

Avinash Dixit, Economics

Henry Farber, Economics

Thomas Fujiwara, Economics

Mikhail Golosov, Economics

Joanne Gowa, Politics

Matias Iaryczower, Politics

Paul Krugman, Economics and WWS

David Lee, Economics and WWS

Atif Mian, Economics and WWS

Helen Milner, Politics and WWS

Stephen Morris, Economics

Wolfgang Pesendorfer, Economics

Grigore Pop-Eleches, Politics and WWS

Leonard Wantchekon, Politics

 

Avinash Dixit

Research Interests: State and non-state institutions of economic governance; organizations and incentives in public-sector agencies.

Selected Publications:

Lawlessness and Economics: Alternative Modes of Governance, Princeton University Press, 2004.

"Governance Institutions and Economic Activity," American Economic Review, 2009.

"Democracy, Autocracy, and Bureaucracy," Journal of Globalization and Development, 2010

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Gene Grossman

Research Interests: Role of special interest groups in policy formation; transmission of information in political settings; political economy of trade policy

Selected Publications:

Grossman, Gene M. and Elhanan Helpman, "Protection for Sale," American Economic Review, vol. 84, no.4, September, 1994.

Grossman, Gene M. and Elhanan Helpman, Special Interest Politics, MIT Press, 2001.

Grossman, Gene M. and Elhanan Helpman, Interest Groups and Trade Policy, Princeton University Press, 2002.

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Thomas Romer

Research Interests: Political economy of federalism; campaign finance and electoral competition

Selected Publications:

"Economic Incentives and Political Institutions: Spending and Voting in School Budget Referenda" (with Howard Rosenthal and Vincent Munley), Journal of Public Economics, October 1992.

"An Empirical Investigation of the Dynamics of PAC Contributions" (with James Snyder), American Journal of Political Science, August 1994.

"Interjurisdictional Sorting and Majority Rule: An Empirical Analysis" (with Dennis Epple and Holger Sieg), Econometrica, November 2001.

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Douglas Arnold

Research Interests: Legislative politics, representation, economic policymaking, social insurance.

Selected Publications:

R. Douglas Arnold, Congress and the Bureaucracy: A Theory of Influence, Yale University Press, 1979.

R. Douglas Arnold, The Logic of Congressional Action, Yale University Press, 1990.

R. Douglas Arnold, Michael Graetz, and Alicia H. Munnell, eds., Framing the Social Security Debate: Values, Politics, and Economics, Brookings Institution Press, 1998.

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Marco Battaglini

Research Interests: Economic theory, political economy, contract theory.

Selected Publications:

"The Swing Voter's Curse in the Laboratory" (with Rebecca Morton and Thomas Palfrey, Review of Economic Studies, 2010.

"A Dynamic Theory of Public Spending, Taxation and Debt" (with Stephen Coate), American Economic Review, 2008.

"Efficiency, Equity and Timing in Voting Mechanisms" (with Rebecca Morton and Thomas Palfrey), American Political Science Review, 2007.

"Inefficiency in Legislative Policy-Making: A Dynamic Analysis" (with Stephen Coate), American Economic Review, 2007.

"Multiple Referrals and Multidimensional Cheap Talk", Econometrica, 2002.

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Roland Benabou

Research Interests: Inequality, redistributive policies, and growth; education and school finance; social mobility; cities, economic geography; psychology and economics

Selected Publications:

"Unequal Societies: Income Distribution and the Social Contract," American Economic Review, March 2000.

"Social Mobility and the Demand for Redistribution: The POUM Hypothesis" (with Efe Ok), Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2001.

"Belief in a Just World and Redistributive Politics" (with Jean Tirole), Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2006.

"Ideology," Journal of the European Economic Association, April-May 2008.

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Carles Boix

Research Interests: State formation; democratization; political representation; political economy of growth

Selected Publications:

Democracy and Redistribution, Cambridge U. Press, 2003.

Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, Co-editor with Susan Stokes. Oxford U. Press, 2007.

"Electoral Markets, Party Strategies and Proportional Representation," American Political Science Review, May 2010.

"Democracy, Development and the International System," American Political Science Review, November 2011

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Charles Cameron

Research Interests: Political institutions, law and politics, political history, political economics, applied formal theory

Selected Publications:

"Formal Theory Meets Data" (with Rebecca Morton), in The State of the Discipline, Ira Katznelson and Helen Milner (eds), W.W. Norton (2002).

"Strategic Auditing in a Political Hierarchy: An Informational Model of the Supreme Court's Certiorari Decisions" (with Jeffrey Segal and Donald Songer) American Political Science Review, March 2000.

Veto Bargaining: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Power, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

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Brandice Canes-Wrone

Research Interests: Political institutions, elections, electoral business cycles, and representation

Selected Publications:

"Partisan Signals and Democratic Accountability: An Analysis of State Supreme Court Abortion Decisions" (with Richard Caldarone and Tom S. Clark), Journal of Politics, 2009.

"When Do Elections Induce Ideological Rigidity?" (Kenneth W. Shotts), American Political Science Review, 2007.

Who Leads Whom? Presidents, Policy Making, and the Mass Public, University of Chicago Press, 2006.

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Anne Case

Research Interests: Political economy of social assistance programs in developed and developing countries; the impact of political constraints on economic decision making at the state and local level

Selected Publications:

"Incumbent Behavior: Vote-Seeking, Tax-Setting and Yardstick Competition" (with Timothy Besley), American Economic Review, March 1995

"Election Goals and Income Redistribution: Recent Evidence From Albania", European Economic Review, March 2001.

"Political Institutions and Policy Choices: Evidence from the United States" (with Timothy Besley), Journal of Economic Literature March 2003.

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Sylvain Chassang

Research Interests: Cooperation, conflict, dynamic public good provision, technology adoption, applied mechanism design

Selected Publications:

"Conflict and Deterrence under Strategic Risk," Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 2010.

"Fear of Miscoordination and the Robustness of Cooperation in Dynamic Global Games with Exit", Econometrica, 2010.

"Building Routines: Learning, Cooperation and the Dynamics of Incomplete Relational Contracts", American Economic Review, 2010.

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Henry Farber

Research Interests: Wage dynamics and worker mobility; dispute resolution (arbitration, litigation, strikes, military disputes, war); empirical analysis of elections and voting; jury behavior; political economy of public policy in the labor market.

Selected Publications:

"Learning and Wage Dynamics" (with R. Gibbons), Quarterly Journal of Economics, November 1996.

"Common Interests or Common Polities? Reinterpreting the Democratic Peace" (with J. Gowa), Journal of Politics, 1997.

"The Litigious Plaintiff Hypothesis: Case Selection and Resolution" (with T. Eisenberg), Rand Journal of Economics, 1997.

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Thomas Fujiwara

Research Interests: Voting and elections; the role of political constraints on policy decisions in developing countries; trust and social capital

Selected Publications:

"Voting Technology, Political Responsiveness, and Infant Health: Evidence from Brazil", working paper 2010.

"A Regression Discontinuity Test of Strategic Voting and Duverger's Law", working paper 2010.

"Competition Builds Trust" (with Patrick Francois and Tanguy van Ypersele),working paper 2011.

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Mikhail Golosov

Research Interests: Role of political constraints on government policy; political institutions, military conflict and economic interactions.

Selected Publications:

"Political Economy of Mechanisms" (with D. Acemoglu and A. Tsyvinski), Econometrica, 2008.

"Power Fluctuations and Political Economy" (with D. Acemonglu and A. Tsyvinski), Journal of Economic Theory, 2011.

"A Dynamic Theory of Resource Wars" (with D. Acemoglu, A. Tsyvinski and P. Yared) NBER WP #16682.

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Joanne Gowa

Research Interests: International political economy; impact of polity types on war; influence of domestic politics on the use of force abroad

Selected Publications:

Ballots and Bullets: The Elusive Democratic Peace, Princeton University Press 1999.

"The Democratic Peace after the Cold War," Economics and Politics, 2011

"Politics, Institutions and Trade: Lessons of the Interwar Era,. International Organization, forthcoming.

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Matias Iaryczower

Research Interests: Positive political theory; committees; electoral competition; ideology and common values

Selected Publications:

"The Value of Information in the Court: Get it Right, Get it Tight", with Matthew Shum. Caltech SS Working Paper No. 1313

"On the Nature of Competition in Alternative Electoral Systems", with Andrea Mattozzi. Caltech SS Working Paper No. 1285

"Contestable Leadership: Party Leaders as Principals and Agents", Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2008.

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Paul Krugman

Research Interests: International trade, market structure and trade policy, the self-organizing economy, globalization and the inequality of nations

Selected Publications:

The Self-Organizing Economy, Blackwell Publishers, 1996.

"It's Baack: Japan's Slump and the Return of the Liquidity Trap," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 1998.

The Spatial Economy (with M. Fujita and A. Venables), MIT Press, 1999.

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David Lee

Research Interests: Empirical analysis of elections; electoral competition; analysis of unions

Selected Publications:

"Randomized Experiments from Non-Randomized Selection in the U.S. House of Representatives," Journal of Econometrics, forthcoming.

"Economic Impacts of New Unionization on U.S. Private Sector Employers: 1984-2001," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2004.

"Do Voters Affect or Elect Policies? Evidence from the U.S. House," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2004.

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John Londregan

Research Interests: Political economy, comparative politics, political methodology, formal theory

Selected Publications:

"Estimating Legislators' Preferred Points," Political Analysis, 2000.

"Political Power and the Credibility of Government Debt" (with Avinash Dixit), Journal of Economic Theory, 2000.

Legislative Institutions and Ideology in Chile, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

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Nolan McCarty

Research Interests: American political institutions, formal theory, research methods

Selected Publications:

Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal), MIT Press, 2006.

"Does Gerrymandering Cause Polarization?" (with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal), American Journal of Political Science, 2009.

"Presidential Vetoes in the Early Republic: Changing Constitutional Norms or Electoral Reform," Journal of Politics, 2009.

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Adam Meirowitz

Research Interests: Information aggregation and learning in political institutions; electoral politics; congressional politics; crisis bargaining and investment.

Selected Publications:

"Pivots versus signals in elections" (with K. Shotts), Journal of Economic Theory, 2009.

"Electoral contests, incumbency advantages, and campaign finance" Journal of Politics, 2008.

"Strategic uncertainty as a cause of war" (with A. Sartori), Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2008.

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Atif Mian

Research Interests: Political economy of financial markets

Selected Publications:

"Rent Seeking And Corruption In Financial Markets" (with Asim Ijaz Khwaja), Annual Review Of Economics, Vol 3, 2011.

"The Political Economy of the U.S. Mortgage Default Crisis" (with Amir Sufi and Francesco Trebbi), American Economic Review, Vol 100, Number 5, December 2010.

"Do Lenders Favor Politically Connected Firms? Rent Provision in an Emerging Financial Market" (with Asim Khwaja), Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 120, Issue 4, November 2005.

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Helen Milner

Research Interests: International and comparative political economy; globalization; foreign aid and development; international trade and the environment; international economic cooperation; two-level bargaining games

Selected Publications:

"Why the Move to Free Trade? Democracy and Trade Policy in the Developing Countries" (with the assistance of Keiko Kubota), International Organization, Winter 2005.

"Partisanship, Trade Policy and Globalization: Is there a Left-Right Party Divide on Trade Policy?" (with Benjamin Judkins), International Studies Quarterly, March 2004.

"Why Democracies Cooperate More: Electoral Control and International Trade Agreements" (with Edward Mansfield and B. Peter Rosendorff), International Organization, Summer 2002.

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Stephen Morris

Research Interests: Economic theory; the role of information in public policy

Selected Publications:

"On the Form of Transfers to Special Interests" (with Stephen Coate), Journal of Political Economy, 1995.

"Policy Persistence" (with Stephen Coate), American Economic Review 1999.

"Political Correctness," Journal of Political Economy, 2001.

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Wolfgang Pesendorfer

Research Interests: Economic theory; information in economics and politics

Selected Publications:

"Strategic Redistricting" (with Faruk Gul), American Economic Review, 2010.

"Partisan Politics and Aggregation Failure with Ignorant Voters" (with Faruk Gul), Journal of Economic Theory, 2009.

"The War of Information" (with Faruk Gul), working paper.

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Grigore Pop-Eleches

Research Interests: Economic reforms and democratization in ex-communist countries and Latin America; politics of external conditionality (IMF, EU); electoral responses to economic reforms

Selected Publications:

"Separated at Birth or Separated by Birth? The Communist Successor Parties in Romania and Hungary", East European Politics and Societies, Winter 1999.

"Squaring the Circle: External Pressures and Domestic Economic and Political Reforms", working paper, 2003.

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Kristopher Ramsay

Research Interests: Crisis bargaining; political economy of conflict; optimism and war

Selected Publications:

"Mutual Optimism and War" (with M. Fey), American Journal of Political Science, 2007.
"Mechanism Design Goes to War" (with M. Fey), Review of Economic Design , 2009.
"When is Shuttle Diplomacy Worth the Commute?" (with M. Fey), World Politics, 2010.

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Leonard Wantchekon

Research Interests: Political economy, comparative politics, development economics, experimental methods

Selected Publications:

"Electoral Competition Under the Threat of Political Unrest" (with Matthew Ellman), Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2000.

"Clientelism and Voting Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Benin," World Politics, April 2003.

"The Paradox of "Warlord" Democracy: A Theoretical Investigation," American Political Science Review, 2004.

"The Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa" (with Nathan Nunn). American Economic Review, forthcoming.

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