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Political Economy: Theory Meets Empirics (12-13 Sept)

Bush House, Strand Campus, London

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King's College London are delighted to invite you to a two-day workshop discussing the theme “Gender and Heterogeneity in Political Economy”.

The issue of gender equality is much debated in the world of politics, business and society at large - from concerns about female representation in parliaments to arguments on the benefits of gender quotas to wider societal issues of discrimination. At their core, all of these are political issues.

This workshop brings together top economists from the fields of political economy and gender economics to consider gender issues in politics, business and decision-making. Over two days, participants will present their current research, discuss implications for policy, and identify the key questions that remain.

The workshop will include the following speakers at the following times (Please be sure to register yourself for both days):

Date: Wednesday 12 September


  • 09.00 - 09.20 - Registration, welcome, tea & coffee
  • 09.20 - 10.10 - Friederike Mengel (Essex)

"Gender Biases in Opinion Aggregation"

  • 10.10 - 11.00 - Patricia Funk (Universita della Svizzera Italiana)

"Are the Referees and Editors in Economics Gender Neutral?" with David Card (Berkeley), Stefano DellaVigna (Berkeley) and Nagore Iriberri (University of the Basque Country)

  • 11.00 - 11.20 - Coffee break
  • 11.20 - 12.10 - Leonie Gerhards (U Hamburg)

"I (don’t) like you – but who cares? Gender differences in same sex and mixed sex teams" with Michael Kosfeld (Frankfurt)

"Full Information Equivalence in Large Elections" with Paolo Barelli (Rochester), Luca Siga (NYU Abu Dhabi)

  • 13.00 - 14:10 - Lunch
  • 14.10 - 15.00 - Johanna Rickne (Stockholm University)
  • 15.00 - 15.20 - Coffee break
  • 15.20 - 16.10 - Anja Prummer (Queen Mary)

"Gender & Collaboration" with Lorenzo Ductor (Middlesex) and Sanjeev Goyal (Cambridge)

  • 16.10 - 17.00 - Lise Vesterlund (Pittsburg)
  • 17.00 - 19.00 - Drinks reception on Bush House roof terrace
  • 19.00 - Conference dinner

Date: Thursday 13 September

"Can Gender Quotas in Candidate Lists Empower Women? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design" with Manuel Bagues (Warwick)

  • 10.10 - 10.30 - Coffee break
  • 10.30 - 11.20 - Volker Hahn (Konstanz)

"Committees Under the Threat of Leaks" with Sebastian Fehrler (Konstanz)

"Understanding Cultural Persistence and Change" with Nathan Nunn (Harvard)

"Gender, Competition & Performance: Evidence from Real Tournaments"with Peter Bachus (Manchester), Maria Cubel (U Barcelona), Matej Guid (Ljubliana) and Enrique Lopez Mañas

  • 15.55 - 16.10 - Coffee break
  • 16.10 - 17.00 - John Morgan (Berkeley)

Workshop organisers:

  • Amrita Dhillon, King’s College London
  • Sebastian Fehrler, University of Konstanz
  • Niall Hughes, King’s Business School
  • Maik Schneider, University of Bath

The workshop is supported by the Royal Economic Society, King’s Worldwide Fund and King’s Business School.

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