NEWEPS-9 (Fall 2017)


Princeton University, 11 September 2017

11:30-12:30 — Lunch

12:30-1:30 — “Can Good Politicians Make Up for Bad Institutions? An Original Survey of Italian Mayors” by Maria Carreri (NYU). Discussant: Jeremy Springman (Penn)

1:30-2:30 — “Mass Repression and Political Loyalty: A Dual Legacy of Stalin’s Famine in Ukraine” by Arturas Rozenas (NYU) and Yuri Zhukov (Michigan). Discussant: Ignacio Mamome (Pitt)

2:30-3:00 — Break

3:00-4:00 — “Judicial System Organization and Human Rights: Evidence from a Field Experiment to Combat Prolonged Pre-Trial Detention in Haiti” by Tara Slough (Columbia) and Christopher Fariss (Michigan). Discussant: Elsa Voytas (Princeton)

4:00-5:00 — “Civilian Abuse and Wartime Informing” by Austin Wright (Chicago), Luke Condra (Pitt), Jake Shapiro (Princeton), and Andrew Shaver (Princeton). Discussant: Summer Lindsey (Columbia)


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 ninth meeting will be a half-day event held on September 11, 2017 at Princeton. 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.


The workshop organizers invite submissions for completed papers and detailed research designs to be included in the NEWEPS-9 program. The deadline for submission of these is August 7, 2017.

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


  • Submission Deadline – August 7th
  • Notification of Decisions – August 14th
  • Final Paper Submission – September 4th
  • NEWEPS-9 Conference – September 11th


Jake Shapiro, Ben Crisman, Patrick Signoret, and Elsa Voytas (Princeton University)