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. 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:

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,
"TBD"
November 6, 2018 Priya Mukerhjee, College of William and Mary (visiting BU),
"TBD"
November 13, 2018 Reading Group Event
November 20, 2018 Reading Group Event
November 27, 2018 Gilles Serra, CIDE,
"TBD"
December 4, 2018 Reading Group Event

2019 Winter and Spring PELG Events

TBD