Political Institutions and Economic Policy (PIEP Fall 2014)

December 6, 2014

This conference is closed to the public.

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Over the past 25 years, two separate strands of research in political economy have developed. The first is the rigorous analysis of the impact of political institutions on political behavior and political outcomes. The second is the analysis of the making of economic policy, which has tried to develop theoretically consistent and empirically grounded explanations of economic policy outcomes. Typically, they have developed entirely segregated from each other: the analysis of political institutions without concern for economic policy-making implications, and the study of economic policy-making with limited attention to the institutional environment in which it takes place. The goal of these conferences is to encourage the development of an approach to politics and policymaking that is theoretically rigorous and empirically systematic with regard to both political institutions and economic factors.


Jeffry Frieden

Acting Center Director (2014–2015); Executive Committee; Steering Committee; Faculty Associate. Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Kenneth Shepsle

Faculty Associate. George D. Markham Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University.


The Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

See also: Conferences, 2014