NEWEPS-8 (Spring 2017)

Final program for NEWEPS-8 at Columbia, April 28, 2017

11:30 – 12:30 — Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 — “Building State and Citizen: A Property Tax RCT in the D.R. Congo” by Jonathan Weigel (Harvard). Discussant: Gemma Dipoppa (Penn)

1:30 – 2:30 — “Laws in Conflict: Legacies of War and Legal Pluralism in Chechnya” by Egor Lazarev (Columbia/Yale). Discussant: Antonella Bandiera (NYU)

2:30 – 3:00 — Break

3:00 – 4:00 — “Wartime Educational Loss and Attitudes Toward Democratic Institutions” by Shelley Liu (Harvard). Discussant: Erin York (Columbia)

4:00 – 5:00 — “How Much Power Should Police Have? A Randomized Evaluation of Community Policing in Papua New Guinea” by Jasper Cooper (Columbia). Discussant: Saurabh Pant (Princeton)


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 eighth meeting will be a half-day event held on April 28, 2017 at Columbia. 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.

Call for Papers

The workshop organizers invite submissions for completed papers and detailed research designs to be included in the NEWEPS-8 program. The deadline for submission of these is March 24, 2017.

Both 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.

Given the late submission deadline, only completed works and completed research designs will be considered. Both faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit their work. Please send submissions to

Important Dates

March 24: Deadline for complete drafts of papers or detailed research designs

March 28: Notification of decisions

April 21: Final paper/design deadline for accepted papers

April 28: Conference



John Marshall and Tara Slough (Columbia University)