NEWEPS-10 (Spring 2018)


University of Pennsylvania, 27 April 2018

Location: Silverstein Forum , first floor, Stiteler Hall, 208 S 37th Street, Philadelphia 

11:00-12:00 — “Compete or Cooperate: How Institutional Choices Shape the Interaction Between Traditional Leaders and the State in Africa” by Soeren J. Henn (Harvard). Discussant: Anne Degrave (NYU).

12:15-1:15 — “When Clients Exit: Breaking the Clientelistic Feedback Loop” by Tesalia Rizzo (MIT). Discussant: Tara Slough (Columbia).

1:15-1:45 — Break

1:45-2:45 — “The Political Determinants of Economic Exchange” by Abhit Bhandari (Columbia). Discussant: Jon Weigel (Harvard).

3:00-4:00 — “Exercising Her Right: Civic and Political Pathways to Women’s Political Participation in Pakistan” by Ali Cheema, Sarah Khan (Columbia), Shandana Khan Mohmand, Asad Liaqat. Discussant: Amanda Kenard (Princeton).

4:15-5:15 — “Some Thoughts on Theory and Causal Inference in the Social Sciences” teach-in by Camilo Garcia-Jimeno (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

5:30-6:15 — Happy Hour at the Christopher H. Browne Center (second floor of Stiteler Hall)


NEWEPS is a small working group that brings together scholars who use cutting-edge empirical methods to study the political economy of governance, development and conflict. NEWEPS focuses on research that uses rigorous, creative methods to do micro-level analysis of key questions in comparative politics and international relations. Field experiments, quasi-experiments, and innovative uses of spatial data are of particular interest. In addition, NEWEPS encourages research answering interesting historical political economy questions using observational data.

Our tenth meeting will be a half-day event held on April 27, 2018 at UPenn. Limited travel resources will be available for out-of-town presenters only.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration form here [disactivated].


The workshop organizers invite submissions for completed papers and detailed research designs to be included in the NEWEPS-10 program. The deadline for submission of these is February 15, 2018.

Completed studies and detailed research designs will be accepted. Priority will be given to papers that use innovative methods, including field experiments, quasi-experiments, natural experiments, spatial data, and historical observational data. In addition, we encourage studies that look at questions of governance, conflict and development. The meeting does not have a specific geographic focus.

Both faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit their work. Please send submissions to [Submissions closed.]

Important Dates:

  • February 15 – Submission deadline
  • February 22 – Notification of decisions
  • April 20 – Final paper/design submission deadline for accepted papers
  • April 27 – NEWEPS-10 Conference

Conveners: Guy Grossman, Dorothy Kronick, Jeremy Springman, Gemma Dipoppa and Siyao Li (University of Pennsylvania)