Political Institutions and Economic Policy 2015 (PIEP)

December 5, 2015

This conference is closed to the public.

Over the past twenty-five years, two separate strands of research in political economy have developed. The first is the 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 apart 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 this conference 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

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 and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

See also: Conferences, 2015