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.

Associated Scholars

Associated Working Papers

BFI Working Paper May 30, 2019

Persuasion on Networks

Konstantin Sonin, Georgy Egorov
BFI Working Paper May 30, 2019

Media Freedom in the Shadow of a Coup

Konstantin Sonin, Raphael Boleslavsky, Mehdi Shadmehr
BFI Working Paper May 24, 2019

Attentiveness in Elections with Impressionable Voters

Daniel Diermeier, Costel Andonie

Associated News

Media Mention May 31, 2019

How Do Populists Win?

Project Syndicate; James A. Robinson
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...