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Northwestern + University of Chicago

Development and Political Economy Conference

Fri, April 7, 2023
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT

Kellogg Global Hub
Room 4101
2211 Campus Drive
Evanston, Illinois

Validated permit parking available for both South (1847 Campus Drive) and North (2311 N. Campus Drive) campus parking garages

Email Elise Grace Mitchell
Project Coordinator
Kellogg Global Poverty Research Lab

The Northwestern-U Chicago Development and Political Economy Conference is hosted by the Ford Motor Company Center at the Kellogg School of Management, the Northwestern Global Poverty Research Lab, and the Development Innovation Lab at the University of Chicago. The conference will take place on April 7, 2023, in Evanston. The one-day conference aims to give a platform for rigorous empirical research on the intersection of political economy and development.


8 a.m. - Breakfast

8:15 a.m. - Registration

8:45 a.m. - Opening Remarks            

9 a.m. -  Ruixue Jia, University of California San Diego 
“Ideas Mobilize People: The Diffusion of Communist Ideology in China"

9:45 a.m. - Saad Gulzar, Princeton University
"The Administration of Pollution: Evidence from Crop Burning in South Asia" 

10:30 a.m. - Break                                  

11 a.m. - Claudio Ferraz, University of British Columbia 
"When Democracy Refuses to Die: Evaluating a Training Program for New Politicians" 

11:45 a.m. -  Juan Riano, Stanford University
“Bureaucratic Nepotism” 

12:30 p.m. - Lunch 

1:30 p.m. - Katherine Casey, Stanford University
“The Incentives to (Not) Debate in Low Information Races” 

2:15 p.m. - Pia Raffler, Harvard University
"Access to Social Media and Support for Dominant Incumbents: Natural and Field Experimental Evidence from Uganda" 

3 p.m. - Break 

3:30 p.m. - Jonathan Weigel, University of Berkeley
"Does Collecting Taxes Erode the Accountability of Informal Leaders? Experimental Evidence from D.R. Congo

4:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks 

6 p.m. - Dinner (invite only)


Contact us about the  conference

Elise Grace Mitchell
Project Coordinator,
Kellogg Global Poverty Research Lab