NEWEPS-4 (Spring 2015)

Final program for NEWEPS-4 – Princeton University – 24 April 2015

11:30 – 12:30 — “Can Public Support for Sectarian Politics be Reduced? Collecting Experimental Evidence in the Context of Lebanon’s Recent Natural Resource Discovery” by Laura Paler (Pittsburgh) – Discussant: Mai Nguyen (NYU)


12:30 – 1:30 — Lunch

1:30 – 2:30  — “Information acquisition, local media and electoral accountability: When do Mexican voters punish incumbents for high homicide rates?” by John Marshall (Harvard) – Discussant: Saad Gulzar (NYU)

2:45 – 3:45  — “How Do Political Boundaries Shape Development? Evidence from India’s Employment Guarantee” by Saad Gulzar (NYU) and Benjamin Pasquale (USC) – Discussant: Laura Paler (Pittsburgh)

4:00 – 5:00  — “Long-Run Impacts of State Integration Policies” by Mai Nguyen (NYU) – Discussant: John Marshall (Harvard)

Dinner (by invitation) follows at 5:30.



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

  • Complete draft papers deadline and detailed research designs – 20 February 2015
  • Decisions – 15 March 2015
  • Final paper/design deadline – 10 April 2015
  • Conference – 24 April 2015

Conveners: Jake Shapiro and Austin Wright of Princeton University and Guy Grossman of the University of Pennsylvania

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