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Kellogg’s Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship will host a one-day political economy conference, bringing together scholars from the Great Lakes region to present cutting-edge research on the economic theories of policy-making, business-government interactions, and political behavior.


8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Registration


9:00 am – 10:40 am Building Trust in Government:
The Opportunities and Challenges of Adverse Shocks

  Harry Pei, Northwestern University

  Discussant: Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago


A Theory of the (Non)-Weberian State

  James Robinson, University of Chicago

  Discussant: Christopher Li, Vanderbilt University


10:40 am – 11:10 am   Break


11:10 am – 12:00 pm Political Competition and Strategic Voting
in Multi-Candidate Elections

  Stefan Krasa, University of Illinois

Discussant: Tasos Kalandrakis, University of Rochester


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch


1:30 pm – 3:10 pm Persuasion in Veto Bargaining

  Richard Van Weelden, University of Pittsburgh

  Discussant: Nemanja Antic, Northwestern University


  Fraud-proofing Beyond Election Monitors:
An Institutional Design Approach

  Mehdi Shadmehr, UNC Chapel Hill

  Discussant: Jon Eguia, Michigan State University


3:10 pm – 3:40 pm Break


3:40 pm – 5:20 pm Do Primary Elections Exacerbate Congressional Polarization?

  Anthony Fowler, University of Chicago

  Discussant: Leander Heldring, Northwestern University


  Revolving Doors and Political Selection

  Silvia Vannutelli, Northwestern University

  Discussant: Alexander Fouirnaies University of Chicago


5:20 pm – 6:30 pm Transit break


6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner & Drinks

  Evanston Corner Bistro – 703 Church Street in Evanston