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  Timothy Feddersen, the Wendell Hobbs Professor of MEDS   Photo © Nathan Mandell
   

Areas of Focus

Political Economy

The Political Economy area is dedicated to the mathematical study of politics. Quantitative methods used range from game theory to complexity theory. We currently sponsor the Political Economy Workshop, a weekly research seminar.
The area also hosts research faculty visitors from various international institutions.

Political Economy faculty members are engaged in numerous research projects. We will highlight various such projects on this page. Our current focus is on two projects.

Information Aggregation and Debate
Political decisions are frequently made under uncertainty. In this project Professors David Austen-Smith and Timothy Feddersen develop models of debate and information sharing and assess how well different voting rules aggregate information. Applications of their work include legislative and jury decision making as well as voting by boards, shareholders and committees.

For further information, please contact Professor David Austen-Smith.

Comparative Constitutional Design
Parliamentary democracies (i.e. political systems where the executive is not directly elected, but derives its mandate from and is politically responsible to the legislature) differ widely in the institutional details prescribing how governments are formed and how they terminate. Both constitutional scholars and reformers have argued that constitutional details may have substantial effects on the type and quality of governments in parliamentary democracies. To estimate the qualitative and quantitative effects of these differences, we have developed a structural model based on a stochastic bargaining game between strategic parties.

For further information, please contact Professor Daniel Diermeier.

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