Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG)
Speaker Series

Welcome to the Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) Speaker Series, sponsored by the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy. The speaker series showcases UCSD as a hub of political economy research and serves as a forum for discussing new research from across the globe. The series meets on Tuesdays at noon throughout the academic year and is open to the public.

On Tuesdays when there is no invited speaker, the PELG offers a Faculty Reading Group that is open to faculty members from UCSD and other universities.

Sping 2021 PELG Speakers

April 6, 2021 Renee Bowen - Internal Speaker
"The World Trade Organization and U.S. Domestic Politics" (with Lawrence Broz and Marc Muendler)
April 13, 2021 Jake Grumbach, University of Washington
"Laboratories of Democratic Backsliding"
April 20, 2021 John Ahlquist - Internal Speaker
"The Effects of Import Competition on Unionization" (with Mitch Downey)
April 27, 2021 Vicky Fouka, Stanford
"Racial Diversity, Electoral Preferences, and the Supply of Policy: The Great Migration and Civil Rights" (with Alvaro Calderon and Marco Tabellini)
May 4, 2021 Nick Carnes, Duke
"Are There Social Class Gaps in Nascent Political Ambition? Survey Evidence from the Americas" (with Noam Lupu)
May 11, 2021 Omar Wasow, Princeton
May 18, 2021 Guadalupe Tuñón, Princeton
"Special Interest Trade-offs: How Restricting Money in Politics Helps Church-backed Candidates"
May 25, 2021 Paola Giuliano, UCLA
"The Seeds of Ideology: Historical Immigration and Political Preferences in the United States" (with Marco Tabellini)
June 1, 2021 Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato, Duke
"Taxing Property in Developing Countries: Theory and Evidence from Mexico" (with Anne Brockmeyer, Alejandro Estefan, and Karina Ramírez Arras)

Past PELG Events

Winter 2021 PELG Speakers

January 12, 2021 Michael Ting, Columbia University
"An Organizational Theory of State Capacity" (with Erik Snowberg)
January 26, 2021 Asya Magazinnik, MIT
"District Elections Decrease Local Cooperation in Immigration Enforcement" (with Michael Hankinson)
February 2, 2021 Yoo Sun Jung, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy
"Legalization of International Institutions and Its Discontents: GATT vs. WTO Adjudication, 1989-2015"
February 9, 2021 Enriqueta Aragones, IAE-CSIC
"Ideological Consistency and Valence Advantage" (with Dimitrios Xefteris)
February 16, 2021 Scott Ashworth, Harris School of Public Policy - University of Chicago
"Sources of Women’s Underrepresentation in US Politics: A Model of Election Aversion and Voter Discrimination" (with Ethan Bueno de Masquita and Christopher Berry)
February 23, 2021 Andy Eggers, University of Chicago
"Placebo Tests for Causal Inference" (with Allan Dafoe and Guadalupe Tuñón)
March 9, 2021 Marko Klašnja, Georgetown University
"Wealth and Gender in Congressional Politics" (with Rachel Benrhard and Andy Eggers)

Fall 2020 PELG Speakers

October 6, 2020 Jhacova Williams, RAND Corporation
"Confederate Streets and Black-White Labor Market Differentials"
October 13, 2020 Carlo Schwarz, Bocconi University
"Social Media and Vote Outcomes: Evidence from the United States" (with Thomas Fujiwara and Karsten Müller)
October 20, 2020 Olle Folke, Uppsala University
October 27, 2020 Diana Van Patten, Princeton University
"Multinationals, Monopsony and Local Development: Evidence from the United Fruit Company"
November 10, 2020 Ro'ee Levy, MIT
"Social Media, News Consumption, and Polarization: Evidence from a Field Experiment"
November 17, 2020 Raquel Fernandez, New York University
"Universal Basic Income: A Dynamic Assessment"
December 1, 2020 Svetlana Kosterina, University of Pittsburgh (Joint with Economics)
"Delegated Bargaining"

Winter 2020 PELG Events

January 14, 2020 Isabela Mares, Yale University,
"Poor versus Poor: How Distributional Conflicts Conditions the Choice of Clientelistic Strategies" (with Lauren Young)
February 11, 2020 Susan Stokes, University of Chicago,
Joint with Political Science CP series
"Referendums. Why Are They Held? When Are They Justified?
February 18, 2020 Shanker Satyanath, NYU,
"Cronyism in State Violence: Evidence from Labor Repression During Argentina’s Last Dictatorship" (with Esteban Klor and Sebastian Saiegh)
March 3, 2020 Horacio Larreguy, Harvard Universtiy,
Joint with Political Science CP series
"Brokering Votes with Information Spread Via Social Networks" (with Raúl Duarte, Frederico Finan, and Laura Schechter)

Fall 2019 PELG Events

October 8, 2019 Luis Martinez, University of Chicago,
"How Effective Are Monetary Incentives to Vote? Evidence from a Nationwide Policy"
October 15, 2019 Anqi Li, Washington Universtiy,
"The Politics of News Personalization" (with Lin Hu and Ilya Segal)
October 22, 2019 Romain Wacziarg, UCLA,
"The Cultural Divide" (with Klaus Desmet)
October 29, 2019 Thomas Fujiwara, Princeton,
"Local Politicians and the Deforestation of the Amazon" (with Leonardo Bursztyn)"
November 13, 2019 Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago,
Joint with Economics
(Wednesday seminar at 2:00pm)

November 19, 2019 Francesco Trebbi, UBC,
"Unbounding Polarization" (with Nathan Canen and Chad Kendall)
December 3, 2019 Cecilia Testa, University of Nottingham,
"Race, Representation and Local Governments in the US South: the E ffect of the Voting Rights Act" (with Andrea Bernini and Giovanni Facchini)

Spring 2019 PELG Events

May 7, 2019 Sarah Brierley, Washington University in St. Louis,
"The Connections of Party Brokers"
Faculty sign up to meet Sarah here.
May 14, 2019 Thomas Pepinsky, Cornell University,
"Ethnicity as an Institution"
Faculty sign up to meet Thomas here.

Winter 2019 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

Fall 2018 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