NEWEPS-1 (Fall 2013)

Final program for NEWEPS-1 – New York University – 20 September 2013

9:00-9:30 — Coffee

9:30-10:30 — “The Political Legacies of Combat: Attitudes Towards War and Peace Among Israeli Ex-Combatants” by Guy Grossman (UPenn), Devorah Manekin, Dan Miodownik (Hebrew). Discussant: Jacob Shapiro (Princeton)

10:30 – 10:45 — Break

10:45 – 11:45 — “How Natural Disasters Affect Political Attitudes and Behavior: Evidence from the 2010-11 Pakistani Floods” by Jacob Shapiro, Patrick Kuhn (Princeton), Neil Malhotra (Stanford), Christine Fair, (Georgetown). Discussant: Shanker Satyanath (NYU)

11:45 – 12:00 — Break

12:00 – 13:00 — “Conflict Mediation: Design for Field Experiment” by Renard Sexton (NYU). Discussant: Rachel Brule (NYU)

13:00 – 14:15 — Lunch

14:15 – 15:15 — “Ethnic Identity and Economic Behavior: How Does Minority Status Affect Investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina” by Egor Lazarev (Columbia) Vera Mironova (Maryland). Discussant: Dominik Duell (NYU)

15:15 – 15:30 — Short break

15:30 – 16:30 — “Revealed Identity in Experimental Games” byNeelanjan Sircar, Peter Van Der Windt (Columbia), Ty Turley (BYU), Maarten Voors (Cambridge). Discussant:Oliver vanden Eynde (Paris School of Economics)


The Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science (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, natural 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.

Important Dates

  • Papers deadline – 1 August 2013
  • Decisions – 10 August 2013
  • Revised paper deadline – 1 September 2013
  • Conference – 20 September, 2013

Conveners: Cyrus Samii, Saad Gulzar, Renard Sexton

NEWEPS-1 Report – 20 September, 2013

The inaugural edition of NEWEPS was held on 20th September, 2013 at NYU. 28 participants from 7 top institutions (NYU, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Maryland, Harvard, Stanford) attended the conference.


A total of five papers were presented and discussed, resulting in quality comments for each of the authors.  These papers were at different stages of completion, with one nearing submission and another in the research design stage.

The final program included work on the effects of exposure to combat units on political attitudes, experimental evidence of effects of ethnic identification on political outcomes and the effect emergency responses by government on political perceptions. The research design looked at how to identify an effect for local level conflict mediation on mining conflicts.


Discussion included serious debate on both methodological and substantive issues, both theory and empirics and in both formal and informal terms. NEWEPS successfully cut across the discipline in this regard. The discussants and plenary provided not just critiques and comments for the papers, but also concrete suggestions on how to improve the works in progress.

Jacob Shapiro