Research Group on Political Institutions and Economic Policy
December 8, 2018

Sponsored by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

CGIS South Building, S020 Belfer Case Study Room
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


8.30 – 9 AM Continental breakfast and introductions

9 -11 AM  Ethan Bueno de Mesquita (Chicago) and Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (NYU),

“From Investiture to Worms: A Political Economy of European Development and the Rise of Secular Authority”

Discussants: Margaret Levi (CASBS) and Nico Voigtländer (UCLA)

11 - 11.30 AM Coffee break

11.30 AM –1.30 PM  Matilde Bombardini (UBC) and Marianne Bertrand (Chicago),Raymond Fisman (BU) and Francesco Trebbi (UBC),

“Tax-Exempt Lobbying: Corporate Philanthropy as a Tool for Political Influence”

Discussants: Andy Hall (Stanford) and Hye Young You (NYU)

1.30 – 3.00 PM Lunch

3.00 – 5.00 PM   Iain Osgood (Michigan)

"Vanguards of Globalization: Organization and Political Action among America’s Pro-Trade Firms"

Discussants: Laura Alfaro (Harvard) and Helen Milner (Princeton)