Claremont Workshop on Political Economy Data and Analysis


Workshop on Political Economy Data and Analysis

October 7, 2005


Albrecht Auditorium, Claremont GraduateUniversity






8:30 – 9:00:  Coffee


9:00 – 10:15:

I.                   Measurement of Political Economy Concepts

Chair:  Art Denzau, CGU

·         Measures of Economic Freedom – King Banaian, St. Cloud State

·         Updating Estimates of Relative Political Capacity – Marina Arbetman Rabinowitz, Kristin Johnson, CGU


10:15 – 10:30:  Break

10:30 – 12:00:

·         Political Economy Measures of Welfare Outcomes: Data Availability Ahead of Theory – Bryan Roberts, Barents Group, KPMG 

·         Measures of Good Governance – Marie Besancon, Harvard

12:00 – 1:15:  Lunch


1:15 - 3:15:

II.                Research using Political Economy Data

Chair:  Yi Feng, CGU

·         Effects of Political Instability and Violence on Trade, Investment and Growth – Brock Blomberg, CMC 

·         Recent Research on Corruption – Omer Gokcekus, Seton Hall

·         Interrelationships Among Income Distribution, Institutions and Growth and Hypotheses on the Effects of Different Types of FDI – Art Denzau and Daniel Lee, CGU 

·         Evaluating Jeff Sach’s Critique of the View that Good Governance is important for the Effectiveness of Foreign Aid – Hilton Root, Pitzer


3:15 – 3:30:  Break


3:30 – 5:15:

III.             Political Currency Regimes and Crises

Chair:  Tom Willett, Claremont

·         Characterizing Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Regimes

Jeff Kim and Alice Ouyang, CGU, and Pierre Siklos, Wilfrid Laurier  

·         Political Variables, Exchange Rate Regimes, and Economic Instability – Eric Chiu, CGU

·         Interest Group Influence on Exchange Rate Policy during Speculative Attacks – Stefanie Walter, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology


5:15:  Wine and Cheese Reception


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