Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG)
Speaker Series

We are pleased to announce a change in the Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) format to include a formal speaker series, sponsored by the Center for Global Transformation and the Center on Commerce and Diplomacy. For the past 17 years, the PELG has operated primarily as a faculty reading group, with occasional invited speakers peppered into the mix. Beginning this fall, we are flipping this format on its head by making invited speakers the main activity of the group. We will continue to meet occasionally for faculty-only reading group events, but invited public talks will be more frequent. Upcoming and previous papers of the reading group can be found here.

This change is prompted by the desire to showcase UCSD as a hub of political economy research. We have a strong interdisciplinary group of economists and political scientists that are eager to engage with the world's leading scholars. The PELG provides a natural focal point to do so.

The 2018-2019 schedule of events is below:

2019 Spring PELG Events

May 7, 2019 Sarah Brierley, Washington University in St. Louis,
May 14, 2019 Tom Pepinsky, Cornell University,

Past PELG Events

2019 Winter PELG Events

January 15, 2019 Sean Gailmard , UC Berkeley,
"Laws of War: The Growth of Legislative Power in America"
Faculty sign up to meet Sean here.
January 22, 2019 Jeffry Frieden, Harvard University,
"The Political Economy of the Globalization Backlash: Sources and Implications"
Faculty sign up to meet Jeffry here.
January 29, 2019 Reading Group Event
February 5, 2019 Reading Group Event
February 12, 2019 David Stasavage, New York University,
"Origins of Early Democracy" (with Ali Ahmed.)
Faculty sign up to meet David here.
February 19, 2019 Alisha Holland, Princeton University,
"Private Property Against Public Works: How Rights Affect Development in Ecuador and Colombia"
Faculty sign up to meet Alisha here.
February 26, 2019 Reading Group Event
March 5, 2019 Reading Group Event
March 12, 2019 Reading Group Event
March 19, 2019 Reading Group Event

2018 Fall PELG Events

September 19, 2018 Bård Harstad , University of Oslo,
"Pledge-and-Review Bargaining"
Faculty sign up to meet Bård here.
Please note different day, time and location: Econ 300, 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Wednesday. This is a joint talk with the TBE group.
September 25, 2018 Vincent Pons, Harvard Business School,
"Rankings Matter Even When They Shouldn't: Bandwagon Effect in Two-Round Elections" (with Clémence Tricaud.)
Faculty sign up to meet Vincent here.
October 2, 2018 Reading Group Event
October 9, 2018 Cesi Cruz, University of British Columbia,
"Making Policies Matter: Voter Responses to Campaign Promises" (with Philip Keefer, Julien Labonne, and Francesco Trebbi.)
Faculty sign up to meet Cesi here.
October 16, 2018 Sam Bazzi, Boston University,
"Frontier Culture: The Roots and Persistence of 'Rugged Individualism' in the United States" (with Martin Fiszbein and Mesay Gebresilasse.)
Faculty sign up to meet Sam here.
October 23, 2018 Mark Dincecco, University of Michigan,
"Internal Conflict, Elite Action, and State Failure: Evidence from China, 1000-1911" (with Yuhua Wang.)
Faculty sign up to meet Mark here.
October 30, 2018 Dana Foarta, Stanford University,
"Wait-and-See or Step in? Dynamics of Interventions" (with Takuo Sugaya.)
Faculty sign up to meet Dana here.
November 6, 2018 Priya Mukerhjee, College of William and Mary (visiting BU),
"The Electoral Effects of a Fiscal Transfer: Evidence from Indian Elections" (with Thomas Fujiwara and Martin Kanz)
Faculty sign up to meet Priya here.
November 13, 2018 No PELG event
November 20, 2018 Reading Group Event
November 27, 2018 Gilles Serra, CIDE,
"The Electoral Strategies of a Populist Candidate: Does Charisma Discourage Experience and Encourage Extremism?"
Faculty sign up to meet Gilles here.
December 4, 2018 Reading Group Event