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.

Associated Scholars

Associated Working Papers

BFI Working Paper Dec 8, 2019

Preventing Predation: Oligarchs, Obfuscation, and Political Connections

John S. Earle, Scott Gehlbach, Anton Shirikov, Solomiya Shpak
BFI Working Paper Aug 9, 2019

The Geography of Dictatorship and Support for Democracy

Maria Angélica Bautista, Felipe González, Luis Martínez, Pablo Muñoz, Mounu Prem
BFI Working Paper May 30, 2019

Persuasion on Networks

Konstantin Sonin, Georgy Egorov

Associated News

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
BFI News Jun 4, 2018

Spotlight: Working Papers from the 2018 Economics of Media and Communication Conference

The 2018 Economics of Media and Communication Conference brought together scholars across fields to examine critical questions of how the media shapes our lives today. In a new video spotlight, conference presenters...