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Research Seminars

Research Seminars

Every week the Department of Political Economy invites guest speakers or academic staff to present their latest research. The Research Seminars are open to all staff and postgraduate students within the Department.

All Research Seminars take place in the Political Economy Meeting Room (9.03 Bush House North East Wing) and commence at 16:30 (unless otherwise stated).

Click here to view our Research seminars for the academic year 2018-19


Past research seminars 

Research seminars 2018-2019

Semester 1

Week 1, Wed 26 Sept 2018

‘Property Rights, Investment, and Land Grabs: An Institutional Natural Experiment in Liberia’ - Alex Hartman (UCL) 

Week 2, Wed 3 October 2018

Title: TBC - Dominik Hangartner (LSE) 

Week 3, Wed 10 October 2018

'Political Activists as Free-Riders: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment’ - Anselm Rink (Konstanz)

Week 4, Wed 17 October 2018

‘Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means’ - Moynihan (Georgetown)

Week 4 (Extra), Thur 18 October 2018 5pm, Room BH(SE) 2.09

‘Do Moral Facts, and not just Moral Beliefs, make a difference to what happens in the world?’ - Geoff Sayre McCord (UNC)

Week 5, Wed 24 October 2018

‘All Keynesians Now? Survey Evidence From the UK and Europe’ - Tim Hicks (UCL)

Week 6, Wed 31 October 2018 (RW)

Title TBC - Sergei Guriev (EBRD)

Week 7, Wed 7 November 2018

‘What is the Epistemic Value of Democratic Deliberation?’ - Jonathan Benson (Manchester)

Week 8, Wed 14 November 2018

‘Intergenerational Mobility in Africa’ (with Alberto Alesina, Sebastian Hohmann and Stelios Michalopoulos) - Elias Papaioannou (LBS)

Week 9, Wed 21 November 2018

‘Productivity takes leave? The effect of maternity benefits on career progression of female academics’ - Vera Troeger (Warwick)

Week 10, Wed 28 November 2018

‘Okin, Rawls and the politics of political philosophy’ - Sophie Smith (Oxford)    

Week 11, Wed 5 December 2018

'Winning Hearts and Minds: The Role of Economic, Cultural and Security Factors on the Successful Integration of Syrian Refugees in Turkey' - Dr. Tolga Sinmazdemir (LSE) with Anna Getmansky (LSE) and Kostas Matakos (KCL) 

Week 12, Mon 10 December 2018

‘Don’t think it is a good idea! A critical analysis of the ideas school’ (with Jonathan C. Kamkhaji) - Claudio Radaelli (UCL)



Semester 2

Week 1, Wednesday 16 January 2019

'Maternity leaves and women's productivity: individual evidence from academia’ - Dr Mariaelisa Epifanio (Liverpool)

Week 2, Wednesday 23 January 2019

'Justice for small earlobes: a social salience based account of discrimination' - Dr Diana Popescu (KCL)

Week 3, Wednesday 30 January 2019 

‘Democracy and the Limits of a Technocratic Autopilot’ - Dr Michael Bennett (Utrecht)

Week 4, Wednesday 6 February 2019

Title TBC - Dr Stephen Machin (LSE)

Week 5, Wednesday 13 February 2019 (Additonal seminar)

Trade and Political Fragmentation on the Silk Roads: The Economics and Cultural Effects of Historical Exchange between China and the Muslim East - Prof. Lisa Blaydes (Standford)

Week 5, Wednesday 13 February 2019 

'Wealth Inequality in Political Perspective' - Dr Ben Ansell (Oxford)

Reading week, Wednesday 20 February 2019 

Title TBC - Dr Peter Boekke (George Mason)

Week 7, Wednesday 27 February 2019 

‘Schrödinger’s Constitution? Brexit, Territory and Constitutional Law’ - Dr Dan Wincott (Cardiff)

Week 7, Thursday 28 February 2019 (Additional seminar)

'Varieties of Neoliberalism in the US and Europe' - Craig Parsons (Oregon)

Week 8, Wednesday 6 March 2019 

‘Preferences for Policies Addressing Technological Change’ - Dr Alex Kuo (Oxford)

Week 9, Wednesday 13 March 2019

'A Gendered Imperative: Does Sexual Violence Attract UN Attention in Civil Wars?' (with Michelle Benson) - Dr Ismene Gizelis (Essex)

Week 10, Wednesday 20 March 2019

Title TBC - Dr Moses Shayo (Hebrew University)

Research seminars 2017-18

Week 1, Wed 27 September 2017

PT -  Sam DeCanio (King's College London) - "Voter Ignorance, Populism, and the Paranoid Style of American Politics."

Week 2, Wed 4 October 2017

Alexandra Cirone (London School of Economics) - "Dual Mandates, Patronage and Partisanship: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design in France."

Week 3, Wed 11 October 2017

Giuseppe de Feo (Strathclyde) - “Weak States: Causes and Consequences of the Sicilian Mafia.”

Week 4, Wed 18 October 2017

Nicky Tynan (Dickinson College) - “London’s Mortality Decline.”

Week 5, Wed 25 October 2017

Rob Sauer (Royal Holloway) - "The Dynamics of Domestic Violence: Learning about the Match."

Week 7, Wed 8 November 2017

Roger Congleton (West Virginia University) - “The Microeconomics of Ethics”

Week 8, Wed 15 November 2017

Greg Clark (UC Davis) - "The Big Sort: Selective Migration and the Decline of Northern England, 1800-2017"

Week 9, Wed 22 November 2017

Beata Javorcik (University of Oxford) - “Forensics, Elasticities and Benford’s Law: Detecting Tax Fraud in International Trade.” 

Week 10, Wed 29 November 2017

Andrew Hindmoor (Sheffield) - "Are the Major Global Banks Now Safer? The Challenge of Structural, Market Continuities in Banking and Finance".

Week 11, Wed 6 December 2017

Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL) - title TBC 

Week 0, Wed 10 January 2018

Ruben Durante (Sciences Po & UPF) – title TBC

Week 1, Wed 17 January 2018

Ben Lockwood (Warwick) - "Negative Voters? Electoral Competition with Loss-Aversion"

Week 2, Wed 24 January 2018

Maria Waldinger (LSE) - "The Economic Effects of Long-Term Climate Change: Evidence from the Little Ice Age"

Week 3, Wed 31 January 2018

Lanny Martin (Rice and Bocconi) - "Coalition Bargaining Before an Audience" - *Please note that this seminar will take place in 9.03 (Bush House NE Wing) from 12.00 - 13.30.

Week 4, Wed 7 February 2018

Cecilia Testa (University of Nottingham) - "Race, Representation and Local Governments in the US South: the Effect of the Voting Rights Act (joint with Andrea Bernini and Giovanni Facchini)

Week 5, Wed 14 February 2018

Sheilagh Ogilvie (University of Cambridge) - "An Economic Analysis of European Guilds"

Week 6, Wed 21 February 2018

Chris Kam (University of British Columbia) - "Partisanship, Enfranchisement, and the Political Economy of Electioneering in the United Kingdom". *Please note that this seminar will run from 15.30 - 17.00.

Week 7, Wed 28 February 2018

*There is no departmental research seminar this week 

Week 8, Wed 7 March 2018

*There is no departmental research seminar this week 

Week 9, Wed 14 March 2018

*There is no departmental research seminar this week 

Week 10, Wed 21 March 2018

Donald Searing (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) - "The Political Values of Politicians: Endurance, Change and Impact Over Four Decades"

Week 11, Wed 28 March 2018

Brian Salter (King's College London) - "Brexit and the British State"

Week 1, Wed 2 May 2018

Alun Evans (The British Academy and Queen Mary University of London) - "Reflections on the Blair Government: 21 Years On"

Week 2, Wed 9 May 2018

Matt Bishop (University of Sheffield) - "Pioneers Take Arrows, Settlers Take Land: The Cannabis "Green Rush" in the Modern American West."

Week 3, Wed 16 May 2018

Tolga Sinmazdemir (LSE and Bogazici U) - “Displaced Loyalties: The Effects of Indiscriminate Violence on Attitudes Among Syrian Refugees in Turkey.”

Week 4, Wed 23 May 2018

Volha Charnysh (Princeton & MIT) - TBC

Week 5, Wed 30 May 2018

Simon Hix (LSE) - "The Rise and Fall of Social Democracy, 1918 - 2017"

Week 6, Wed 6 June 2018


Week 7, Wed 13 June 2018

Matt Sleat (University of Sheffield) - TBC

Week 8, Wed 27 June 2018

Emily Skarbek, Brown University

Research Seminars 2016-17

Week 0, Wed 11 January 2017
Sarah Wilford (King’s College London PhD Student) - “The Ostrom’s Use of Tocqueville”

Week 1, Wed 18 January 2017
QPE - Ken Benoit (London School of Economics)

Week 2, Wed 25 January 2017
IPPE - Ben Zissimos (University of Exeter) - "Contesting an International Trade Agreement"

Week 3, Wed 1 February 2017
QPE - Catherine de Vries (University of Oxford/University of Essex [from January]) - (experimental study on voters’ responses to political corruption)

Week 4, Wed 8 February 2017
PPR - Peter John (University College of London)

Week 5, Wed 15 February 2017
SG  - Christopher Coyne (George Mason University)

Week 6, Wed 22 February 2017
Reading week

Week 7, Wed 1 March 2017
Department staff

Week 8, Wed 8 March 2017
PT - Margaret Moore (Queens)

Week 9, Wed 15 March 2017
SG - Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Week 10, Wed 22 March 2017
P&S - Marta Reynal-Querol (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) 

*please note that this seminar will be held from 2:00 - 3:30 in room S-3.19

Week 11, Wed 29 March 2017

SG - Anja Shortland (King's College London) and Andrew Shortland (Cranfield University) - "Governing the Trade in High Value Art and Antiquities"

(Summer Period) Wed 3 May 2017

Professor Pepper Culpepper (University of Oxford) - "Public Anger, Business Power, and the Regulation of Finance in the US and the UK"     

(Summer Period) Wed 7 June 2017

P&S  - Anna Getmansky (Essex) - “Border Fortification and the Economics of Crime”  

Research Seminars 2015-16

Week 0, Wed 13 Jan 2016: Mary Morgan (LSE), "Poverty measurement?: Aggregating up to get back down again.”

Week 1, Wed 20 Jan: Joachim Voth (University of Zurich), Highway to Hitler.

Week 2, Wed 27 Jan: Aniol Llorente-Saguer (Queen Mary), paper TBC

Week 3, Wed 3 Feb: Simon Griffiths (Goldsmiths), ‘Engaging Enemies: the British left and Friedrich Hayek’

Week 4, Wed 10 Feb: Anthony McGann (Strathclyde), 'Gerrymandering in America'

Week 5, Wed 17 Feb: Elias Dinas (Brasenose College, Oxford), ‘The Ideological Shadow of Authoritarianism’

Week 6, Wed 24 Feb: Reading week – no seminar

Week 7, Wed 2 March: Peter Boettke (George Mason University),  'Price Theory as Prophylactic Against Popular Fallacies'

Week 8, Wed 9 March: Uwe Sunde (Munich),

Malaria Risk and Civil Violence: A Disaggregated Analysis for Africa

Week 9, Wed 16 March: Anton Howes, ‘The Ideology of Innovation: Why innovation accelerated in Britain 1651-1851’ cancelled

Week 11, Wed 30 March: Graham Smith (Westminster), 'Designing Democracy for the Long-Term?

Research Seminars 2015/16

  • Week 1, Wed 23 Sept 2015: Toke Aidt (Cambridge), ’Vote buying or (political) business (cycles) as usual?’

  • Week 2, Wed 30 Sept: Neil Cummins,'The Child Quality-Quantity Tradeoff, England, 1770-1880: A Fundamental Component of the Economic Theory of Growth is Missing'

  • Week 3, Wed 7 October: Daniel Zizzo (Newcastle), Competence versus Honesty: What Do Voters Care About?

  • Week 4, Wed 14 October: Andrea Mattozzi (EUI), Public versus Secret Voting in Committees (with  Marcos Y. Nakaguma).

  • Week 4, Wed 14 October: Andrea Mattozzi (EUI), Public versus Secret Voting in Committees (with  Marcos Y. Nakaguma).

  • Week 5, Wed 21 October: Amrita Dhillon, ‘The Natural Resource Curse Revisited: Theory and Evidence from India’.

  • Week 7, Wed 4 November  Fernanda Brolla (Warwick), ‘The Political Economy of Enforcing Conditional Welfare Programs: Evidence from Brazil’.

  • Week 8, Wed 11 November: Federico Varese (Oxford), ‘The Study of Extra-Legal Governance: Conceptual, Theoretical and Empirical Challenges, and Some Tentative Solutions’.

  • Week 9, Wed 18 November: Carmen Pavel (King's College London), 'Value Free Social Science and International Law'.

  • Week 10, Wed 25 November: Alexander Douglas (Heythrop), ‘The Political Economy of Debt'.

  • Week 11, Wed 2 December: Catherine Marshall (Cergy-Pontoise), ‘The papers of the Metaphysical Society’.

  • Week 12, Wed 9 December: Humeira Iqtidar, ‘Tradition in Political Thought: Vibrancy, Revival and Transformation'.

Research Seminars 2014/15

  • Wed 1st Oct 2014, 16:30, Santiago Sanchez-Pages (Edinburgh/ Barcelona), ‘Inequality of Conflict’

  • Wed 8th Oct 2014, 16:45, Adrian Blau, 'Unethical and Unscholarly Behaviour in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Caricaturing and Sloppy Citations, Bullshit and Bias, Gendered Environments and Unethical Ethics'

  • Wed 15th Oct 2014, 16:00, Nick Baigent (LSE), 'Total Violence: Theory and Measurement'

  • Wed 22nd Oct 2014, 16:00, Iain McLean (Oxford), ‘The Scottish referendum: a post-mortem’ 

  • Wed 29th Oct 2014, 16:00, Dick Roberts, (KCL - ICBH), on his book Saving the City: The financial crisis of 1914

  • Wed 5th Nov 2014, 16:00, Edison Bicudo, on his book, Pharmaceutical Research, Democracy and Conspiracy

  • Wed 12th Nov 2014, 16:00, Kyriaki Nanou (Nottingham), ‘The influence of Europeanisation on left-right policy congruence between parties and voters’

  • Wed 19th Nov 2014, 16:00, Michael Wahman (LSE), ‘Electoral Rentierism- The Cross- and Sub-national Effect of Oil on Electoral Competitiveness in Multiparty Autocracies’ 

  • Wed 26th Nov 2014, 16:00, John Latsis (Reading)

  • Wed 3rd Dec 2014, 16:00, Alan Renwick (Reading) 

  • Wed 10th Dec 2014, 16:00, Stephen Littlechild (Cambridge). (Energy speaker series)

  • Wed 14th Jan 2015, 16:00-18:00 Jonathan Hopkin (LSE), ‘Crisis makes the right grow stronger? Austerity and Political Change in Advanced Democracies’ (CRR)

  • Wed 28th Jan 2015, 16:00-18:00 Daniel Zizzo (Durham) (RCU)

  • Wed 11th Feb 2015, 16:00-18:00 Iseult Honohan (University College Dublin) (BVI)

  • Wed 4th March 2015, 16:00-18:00 Antonio Nicolo(DCA)

  • Wed 11th March 2015, 16:00-18:00 Ferdinand Vieiner (WZB Berlin) (RCU)

  • Wed 25th March 2015, 16:00-18:00 Richard Boyd (Georgetown) (BVI)

  • Wed 13th May 2015, 16:00-18:00 Luca Zarri (Verona)

  • Wed 20th May 2015, 16:00-18:00 Denis Baranger (Paris 2), on 18th Century sciences of legislation (BVI)

  • Wed 10th June 2015, 16:00-18:00 Moti Michaeli (EUI)

  • Wed 17th June 2015, 16:30-18:00 Fernando Casal Bertoa (UoN)

  • Wed 24th June 2015, 16:00-18:00 Dr. James Ashley Morrison (LSE)

  • Wed 1st July 2015. 16:00-18:00 Graham Denyer Willis (Cambridge)

Research Seminars 2013/14

  • Wed 2nd Oct, 16:00-18:00 Rubén Ruiz-Rufino, ‘Electoral Observation Missions and political competition in developing countries’

  • Wed 9th Oct, 16:00-18:00 Tom Birkland ‘Focusing Events, Risk and Regulation’ 

  • Wed 16th Oct, 16:00-18:00 Michelle Baddeley (UCL) ‘Thinking Green: Energy, The Environment, and Behavioural Economics’

  • Wed 23rd Oct, 16:00-18:00 Stefano Pagliari (City University London), 'The Interest Ecology of Finance: An Empirical Investigation'

  • Wed 30th Oct, 16:00-18:00 Phil Parvin (Loughborough), ‘Should Democrats be Egalitarians? Participation, Markets, and Inequality in Liberal Democratic States’ 

  •  Wed 6th Nov, 16:00-18:00 Martin Ruhs (Oxford), ‘The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration’ 

  • Wed 13th Nov, 16:00-18:00 Stormy-Annika Mildner

  • Week 9, Wed 20th Nov, 16:00-18:00 Adam Tebble, ‘Capitalism and the Claims of Society Reconsidered'

  • Wed 27th Nov, 16:00-18:00 David Soskice, ‘Why are the Truly Disadvantaged American and not British (or Australian, Canadian or New Zealanders)? Comparative political economy of education, segregation, crime and punishment’ 

  • Wed 4th Dec, 16:00-18:00 Rod Dacombe

  • Wed 11th Dec, 16:00-18:00 James Dempsey (Warwick), ‘Banking Culture and Moral Responsibility for the Financial Crisis’ 

  • Wed 15th Jan 2014, 16:30-18:30 Hilton Root, ‘Global networks and American Dominance’ 

  • Wed 22nd Jan, 16:00-18:00 John Meadowcroft, ‘Big Government, High Tax Libertarianism’

  • Wed 29th Jan, 16:00-18:00 Jochen Runde (Cambridge)

  • Wed 5th Feb, 16:00-18:00 Ian Greer (University of Greenwich),  'Workfare regimes and the recommodification of labor: A comparison of Germany, Great Britain, and France' (co-authored with Graham Symon)

  • Wed 12th Feb, 16:00-18:00 Cécile Laborde (UCL)

  • Wed 26th Feb, 16:00-18:00 Lucia Quaglia (York), ‘Transatlantic regulatory cooperation in finance after the global financial crisis’

  • Tues 4th March 16.30-18.30 (room STD/K-1.99) Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, 'Reasons for Voting'.

  • Wednesday, 12th March 16.30-18.30 (room STD/S-3.19) Pramilla Krishnan (Cambridge). 

  • Wed 19th March, 16:00-18:00 (room STD/S-3.19) Mark Pennington, ‘Elinor Ostrom and the robust political economy of common pool resources’  

  • Wed 26th March, 16:00-18:00 (room STD/S-3.19) Jeremy Jennings  'Tocqueville and America'

  • Wednesday, 30th April, 16:00-18:00 Alan Kahan (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, UVSQ) ‘Checks and Balances for Democratic Souls: Religion and Freedom in Democratic Societies’ (BVI) Room: STD/S-3.19

  • Wed 7th May 2014, 16:00-18:00 Giacomo de Luca (York University)'Mafia in the ballot box' (RGO) Room: STD/S-3.19

  • Wed 14th May, 16:30-18:30 Ross Emmett (Michigan State University) 'Malthus with Institutions: A Comparative Political Economy of Prudential Restraint'  (RCU) Room: STD/S-3.19

  • Wed 21st May, 16:00-18:00 Karuna Mantena (Yale), 'Gandhi, Weber, and the Means-Ends Question in Politics' (BVI) Room: STD/S2.38

  • Tuesday 27 May, 16.30 to 18.30 Nolan McCarty, (Head of the Department of Politics at Princeton University) ‘Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy.’ Room: STD/S-2.25

  • Wed 28th May, 16:00-18:00 Mark Thatcher (LSE), 'Resilient Liberalism: The Persistence of Neo-Liberal Ideas in Europe's Political Economy.' (CRR) Room: STD/S2.38

  • Wed 4th June, 16:00-18:00 Benjamin Powell (Texas), ‘Sweatshops: Improving Lives and Economic Growth’ (DCA) Room: STD/S2.38

  • Wed 11th June, 16:00-18:00 Chris Hanretty (UEA) & Christel Koop, ‘Independence, accountability, and the quality of regulatory decision-making’ (RGO) Room: STD/S2.38

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