NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

 

Political Economy Program Meeting

 

October 31, 2008

 

Romain Wacziarg, Organizer

 

NBER

2nd Floor Conference Room

1050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA

 

PROGRAM

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30:

 

7:00 pm            Group Dinner

                        Dante Restaurant, Royal Sonesta Hotel

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31:

 

8:15 am            Shuttle van departs Royal Sonesta Hotel for NBER

 

8:30 am            Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 am            Pedro Dal Bó, Brown University and NBER

Andrew Foster and Louis Putterman, Brown University

                        Institutions and Behavior: 

Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Democracy

                       

                        Discussant:  Alan Gerber, Yale University and NBER

 

10:00 am          Verónica Amarante, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo

                        Marco Manacorda, Queen Mary University of London

                        Edward Miguel, UC, Berkeley and NBER

                        Andrea Vigorito, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo

                        Government Transfers and Political Support

 

                        Discussant:  Rohini Pande, Harvard University

 

11:00 am          Break

 

11:30 am          Pol Antrŕs, Harvard University and NBER

                        Gerard Padró i Miquel, London School of Economics and NBER

Foreign Influence and Welfare

 

                        Discussant:  Arnaud Costinot, MIT and NBER

 

12:30 pm          Lunch

 

1:30 pm            Alberto Alesina, Harvard University and NBER

                        Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, New Economic School

                        Segregation and the Quality of Government in a Cross-Section

of Countries

 

                        Discussant:  Benjamin Olken, MIT and NBER

 

2:30 pm            Break

 

3:00 pm            Nathan Nunn, Harvard University and NBER

                        Leonard Wantchekon, New York University

                        The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust within Africa

 

                        Discussant:  William Easterly, New York University and NBER

 

4:00 pm            Adam Meirowitz, Princeton University

                        Kenneth Shotts, Stanford University

                        Pivots Versus Signals in Elections

 

                        Discussant:  Steven Callander, Northwestern University

 

5:00 pm            Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

10/20/08