Description

The Political Economics Initiative is an interdisciplinary research program that focuses an economic lens on the questions, incentives, and choices that shape political decision-making in the United States and around the world. Scholars employ the latest in theoretical and empirical techniques to explore how economic decision-making is influenced by political factors. In doing so, they investigate a broad range of issues, including media and communications, social networks, ideology, identity, social norms, political institutions, and many others. By applying economic tools to questions surrounding the business of political systems, this Initiative sheds new light on politics and its impact on society.

RESEARCH GRANTS FOR UCHICAGO SCHOLARS

The Political Economics Initiative regularly initiates a call for proposals to the full Chicago Economics community for innovative research ideas. We are excited to support cutting-edge research on campus through seven grants to date.

Rafael Jimenez (Student Award)
Proposed Project Title: Haters Gonna Hate: The Micro Effects of Censoring Hate Speech in Social Media

Scott Behmer (Student Award)
Proposed Project Title: Willingness to Provide Biased News

Mateusz Stalinski (Student Award)
Proposed Project Title: Mitigating Affective Polarisation and ‘Echo Chambers’: Experimental Study of Mechanisms

Luis Martinez
Proposed Project Title: Fiscal Rules and Local Development in Colombia

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra
Proposed Project Title: Who Joins Armed Organizations? Moral Sentiments, Economic Incentives, and Social Norms

Daniel Kashner (Student Award)
Proposed Project Title: Disrupting Polarization

Shaoda Wang (Staff Award)
Proposed Project Title: The Selection and the Making of Civil Servants: Evidence from China’s College Graduate Civil Services Program

Associated Scholars

Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Scott Ashworth

Professor, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Maria Angélica Bautista

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Marianne Bertrand

Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Willard Graham Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Christopher Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy; Co-Director of BFI Development Economics Initiative
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Leonardo Bursztyn

Professor in Economics and the College, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics; Co-Director of BFI Political Economics Initiative
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Emanuele Colonnelli

Assistant Professor of Finance, Liew Family Junior Faculty Fellow, and Fama Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Oeindrila Dube

Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris Public Policy; Director of BFI Initiative for the Study of Gender in the Economy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Wioletta Dziuda

Associate Professor, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Scott Gehlbach

Professor, Department of Political Science and Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Emir Kamenica

Richard O. Ryan Professor of Economics and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Steve Levitt

The William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics; Director of BFI Price Theory Initiative
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Luis Martínez

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita

Sydney Stein Professor and Deputy Dean for Promotions & Recruitment, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Roger Myerson

David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

James Robinson

The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict; Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Konstantin Sonin

John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor, Harris Public Policy; Co-Director of BFI Political Economics Initiative
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Austin Wright

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Associated Working Papers

BFI Working Paper Jul 12, 2021

Refugee Return and Conflict: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Christopher W. Blair, Austin Wright
Topics:  Uncategorized
BFI Working Paper Jul 7, 2021

How Much Should We Trust the Dictator’s GDP Growth Estimates?

Luis Martínez
Topics:  Uncategorized
BFI Working Paper Jun 18, 2021

Aid Fragmentation and Corruption

Travers B. Child, Austin Wright, Yun Xiao
Topics:  Uncategorized

Associated News

BFI News Feb 3, 2020

BFI Awards 16 New Grants In Support of Economics Research

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) is pleased to announce the award of 16 new grants supporting economics research by University of Chicago faculty and students in a...
Media Mention May 31, 2019

How Do Populists Win?

Project Syndicate; James A. Robinson
Media Mention May 23, 2019

Guns From the United States are Flooding Latin America

The Economist; Oeindrila Dube