The 51st Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society, Charleston, 2014

The 51st Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society, Charleston, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014


8:00am – 9:30am

Room: Carolina Ballroom A

Public Choice, Public Policy, and Entrepreneurship

Session Chair: Noel Campbell
Session Organizer: Noel Campbell


Immigration Restrictions and Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Zachary Gochenour
Discussant: Dean Stansel


Public Finance versus Urban Vibrancy in New Business Venturing
Presenter: Noel Campbell
Co-Author(s): Stephen Gross, Dean Stansel
Discussant: Zachary Gochenour


Economic Freedom, Homeownership, and Unemployment
Presenter: Frank Stephenson
Co-Author(s): Lauren R. Heller
Discussant: Noel Campbell


Political Entrepreneurship: The United States’ Peaceful Power Transition
Presenter: Noel Campbell
Co-Author(s): Marcus Witcher
Discussant: Frank Stephenson

Room: Calhoun Room

Creating Constitutions

Session Chair: Iain McLean
Session Organizer: Keith Dougherty


A Test of the Great Unraveling Hypothesis
Presenter: Roger Congleton
Co-Author(s): DongWoo Yoo
Discussant: Keith Dougherty


The Power of the South: A Multidimensional Analysis of the Philadelphia Convention
Presenter: Keith Dougherty
Co-Author(s): Paul Carlsen (not attending), Ryan Bakker (not attending)
Discussant: Jac Heckelman


State Bloc Versus Individual Delegate Voting at the Constitutional Convention
Presenter: Jac Heckelman
Co-Author(s): Paul Carlsen
Discussant: Jeremy Pope


"Revising Beard: Economic Interests that Organized Voting at the Convention"
Presenter: Jeremy Pope
Co-Author(s): Shawn Treier
Discussant: Roger Congleton

Room: Carolina Ballroom B

New Book Discussion: Bootleggers & Baptists: How Economic Forces and Moral Persuasion Interact to Shape Regulatory Politics by Adam C. Smith and Bruce Yandle

Session Chair: Adam Smith
Session Organizer: Adam Smith


The History of Bootleggers & Baptists
Presenter: Bruce Yandle


Comment on The History of Bootleggers & Baptists
Presenter: Susan Dudley


The Future of Bootleggers & Baptists
Presenter: Adam Smith


Comment on The Future of Bootleggers & Baptists
Presenter: Diana Thomas

Room: Rutledge Room

Principal Agent Problems

Session Chair: Todd Collins


The Policy Preferences of Bureaucrats: The Case of Unemployment Insurance
Presenter: Steven Craig
Co-Author(s): Edward C. Hoang
Discussant: Daniel Hicks


Female Leaders and Foreign Aid: The Influence of Preferences on the Level and Composition of Aid
Presenter: Daniel Hicks
Co-Author(s): Joan Hamory Hicks; Beatriz Maldonado
Discussant: Nathanael Snow


Presidential Politics and the Chinese Exclusion Act
Presenter: Nathanael Snow
Discussant: Todd Collins


A “Court” of Public Opinion? Influences on Judicial Decision Making in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Presenter: Todd Collins
Co-Author(s): Chris Cooper
Discussant: Steven Craig

Room: Laurens Room

Geography and Politics

Session Chair: Jessi Troyan


The Role of Geography on Public Ownership and Residential Electric Rates in the United States: A Historic Perspective
Presenter: Carl Kitchens
Co-Author(s): Werner Troesken
Discussant: Nicola Maaser


Distributional Consequences of Political Representation
Presenter: Nicola Maaser
Co-Author(s): Thomas Stratmann
Discussant: Jessi Troyan


Environmentalism in the 1970s: A Regional Interest Competition Story
Presenter: Jessi Troyan
Discussant: Kathleen Sheehan


Geography, Spatial Spillovers, and Institutional Development
Presenter: Kathleen Sheehan
Discussant: Carl Kitchens

Room: Drayton Room

Game Theoretic Models of Politics

Session Chair: Amjad Toukan


Consequences of Connection Failure - Centrality and the Importance for Cohesion
Presenter: Julia Belau
Discussant: Thomas Schwartz


Rational Interplay: A Philosophical Critique and Revision of Nash Equilibrium
Presenter: Thomas Schwartz
Discussant: anthony heyes


Corruption in Public Procurement and Social Welfare
Presenter: Amjad Toukan
Discussant: Julia Belau


NGO-rganisation
Presenter: anthony heyes
Co-Author(s): Steve Martin
Discussant: Amjad Toukan

Room: Pinckney Room

Public Finance and Economic Policy

Session Chair: Stephen Coate


Evaluating Durable Public Good Provision using Housing Prices
Presenter: Stephen Coate
Discussant: Nathan Dong


PPACA, Institional Ownership and Financial Market
Presenter: Nathan Dong
Discussant: Stephen Miller


Income Inequality and Income Shifting: A New Way to Understand the Piketty-Saez Data
Presenter: Stephen Miller
Co-Author(s): George Mechling
Discussant: HAKKI ODABAS


The Causality Relationship between Social Security Expenditure and Economic Growth In Turkey: The Period Of 1980-2010.
Presenter: HAKKI ODABAS
Co-Author(s): M. Hilmi OZKAYA, Emre SAKAR
Discussant: Stephen Coate

Room: Parkview Room

Monetary Public Choice

Session Chair: Joshua Wojnilower
Session Organizer: Mario Villarreal


Dissonance Within the Federal Reserve System
Presenter: Paul Mueller
Discussant: Pierre Siklos


WHEN IS LIFT-OFF? EVALUATING FORWARD GUIDANCE FROM THE SHADOW
Presenter: Pierre Siklos
Co-Author(s): Matthias Neuenkirch
Discussant: Joshua Wojnilower


Group Cohesion, Group Selection and the Euro Crisis
Presenter: Ulrich Witt
Discussant: Paul Mueller


The Political Economy of Interest on Reserves
Presenter: Joshua Wojnilower
Co-Author(s): Paul D. Mueller
Discussant: Ulrich Witt

Room: Middleton Room

Voter Perceptions and Preferences

Session Chair: M. Garrett Roth


The strategic use of rhetoric in political disagreements
Presenter: Stefanie Haeffele-Balch
Co-Author(s): Virgil Henry Storr, Elizabeth Harrison
Discussant: Colin Jennings


Holding on to the flank: An analysis of the electoral use of policy on law and order by New Labour in the UK
Presenter: Colin Jennings
Co-Author(s): Stephen Drinkwater
Discussant: SHIGEKI KUNIEDA


Why Are Magical Economic Policies Chosen?
Presenter: SHIGEKI KUNIEDA
Discussant: M. Garrett Roth


Because I Deserve This: The Demographics of Personal and Public Debt
Presenter: M. Garrett Roth
Discussant: Stefanie Haeffele-Balch



10:00am – 11:20am

Room: Carolina Ballroom A

Plenary Session 3: Peltzman on Socialism

Session Chair: Edward Lopez


The Socialist Revival?
Presenter: Sam Peltzman
Discussant: Robert Lawson


11:20am – 11:30am


11:30am – 1:00pm

Room: Pinckney Room

Political Economy of Capitalism

Session Chair: Peter Calcagno
Session Organizer: Peter Calcagno


Economic Freedom and Social Capital
Presenter: Jeremy Jackson
Co-Author(s): Art Carden, Ryan Compton
Discussant: Roger Congleton


A Short History of American Liberalism
Presenter: Roger Congleton
Discussant: Robert Lawson


Clusters of Economic Freedom
Presenter: Robert Lawson
Co-Author(s): Toby Huskinson
Discussant: Michael Munger


Entrepreneurial Virtues
Presenter: Michael Munger
Co-Author(s): Juan Pablo Couyoumdjian (Netle)
Discussant: Art Carden

Room: Calhoun Room

Models of Politics

Session Chair: William Keech
Session Organizer: Keith Dougherty


Sports Authorities and Economic Development
Presenter: Dennis Coates
Discussant: William Keech


How strong are soccer teams? 'Host paradox' in FIFA's ranking.
Presenter: Marek Kaminski
Discussant: Arthur Zillante


The Value of Formalism: Re-examining External Costs and Decision Costs with Multiple Groups
Presenter: Robi Ragan
Discussant: Arthur Zillante


Re-modeling Pivotal Politics Bargaining: Multiple Agenda Setters and 'Fair' Outcomes
Presenter: Jesse Richman
Discussant: William Keech

Room: Parkview Room

Local Economic Freedom

Session Chair: Dean Stansel
Session Organizer: Dean Stansel


An Economic Freedom Index for U.S. Metropolitan Areas
Presenter: Dean Stansel
Discussant: Aleksandar Tomic


Voting with Their Feet: A Spatial Econometric Analysis of MSA to MSA Migration Flows
Presenter: Todd Nesbit
Co-Author(s): Donald LaCombe, Kerry Adzima
Discussant: Dean Stansel


Economic Freedom and Income Mobility
Presenter: Aleksandar Tomic
Discussant: Jamie Bologna


A Spatial Analysis of Growth, Income Levels, and Institutional Quality: Evidence from U.S. Metropolitan Areas
Presenter: Jamie Bologna
Co-Author(s): Andrew T. Young; Donald J. Lacombe
Discussant: Todd Nesbit

Room: Middleton Room

Information, Organization and Legislative Processes

Session Chair: Jordan Ragusa


The President and the Parties’ Foreign Policies: A Case Study in the Politics of Party Ideology Development
Presenter: Verlan Lewis
Discussant: Matthew Nowlin


Competing Issue Definitions and Information Processing in Congress
Presenter: Matthew Nowlin
Discussant: Kazunobu Okubo


Analyzing Committee Influence on Grant Distribution using Structural Equation Modeling
Presenter: Kazunobu Okubo
Discussant: Jordan Ragusa


Legislative Organization and Repeal Efforts: 1877-2012
Presenter: Jordan Ragusa
Co-Author(s): Nate Birkhead
Discussant: Verlan Lewis

Room: Rutledge Room

Ideas and Economic Liberalization

Session Chair: Gerhard Wegner


Do you still trust the government? The role of beliefs, performance and crises in shaping confidence in state institutions
Presenter: Hans Pitlik
Discussant: Jorge Streb


Meaningful talk
Presenter: Jorge Streb
Co-Author(s): Gustavo Torrens
Discussant: Gerhard Wegner


Capitalist transformation without political participation – German capitalism in the first half of the 19th century
Presenter: Gerhard Wegner
Discussant: Kyle O'Donnell

Room: Laurens Room

Papers in Social Choice 1

Session Chair: Junichiro Wada


Proportional Fair Division of Indivisible Items: The Incompatibility of Envy-Freeness, Efficiency, and Maximinality
Presenter: Steven Brams
Co-Author(s): D. Marc Kilgour and Christian Klamler
Discussant: ETSUHIRO NAKAMURA


Rational Information Updating and Dynamics of Party Support
Presenter: ETSUHIRO NAKAMURA
Discussant: Mahendra Prasad


Finitary Cardinal Voting Systems and Arrow's Theorem
Presenter: Mahendra Prasad
Discussant: Junichiro Wada


Apportionment Method from the Viewpoint of Divergence
Presenter: Junichiro Wada
Discussant: Steven Brams

Room: Drayton Room

Cross-Country Studies of Environment and Development

Session Chair: Rainer Grundmann


Firm characteristics, bribes, and the burden of regulation in developing countries.
Presenter: George Clarke
Discussant: Michael Dorsch


Driving Modern Sector Development - Do Exports and Institutions matter?
Presenter: Rainer Grundmann
Co-Author(s): Thomas Gries


ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND PRESSURE GROUPS
Presenter: Mahmut Unsal Sasmaz
Co-Author(s): MAHMUT ÜNSAL SASMAZ
Discussant: George Clarke

Room: Carolina Ballroom A

Institutions and Protection

Session Chair: Jacob Russ


Violent International Conflict and Economic Institutional Change: Does Involvement in International War Improve or Degrade Economic Freedom?
Presenter: Brandon Brice
Discussant: Marcelo Lacombe


fragile institutions. the role of parliaments and legislative institutions in the evolution for democracy
Presenter: Marcelo Lacombe
Discussant: Gina Miller


All the King’s Men: Fractionation in Indian Country
Presenter: Jacob Russ
Co-Author(s): Thomas Stratmann
Discussant: Brandon Brice


Conditions for the Sustainment of Civil Peace - A Configurational Comparative Analysis
Presenter: Irene Palnau
Co-Author(s): Thomas Gries
Discussant: Jacob Russ

Room: Carolina Ballroom B

Empirical Models of Voter Behavior

Session Chair: Steven Slutsky


The Transitivity of Individual Preferences: Internal Consistency for Choices among Policy Alternatives
Presenter: James Endersby
Discussant: Richard Jankowski


Epistemic Critiques and Defenses of Democracy: An Empirical Analysis
Presenter: Richard Jankowski
Discussant: Richard F. Potthoff


Estimating Ideal Points from Roll-Call Data: Especially for More Than One Dimension, Could Principal Components Analysis Be Useful?
Presenter: Richard F. Potthoff
Co-Author(s): ---
Discussant: Steven Slutsky


The Effects of Voter Swing and Ad Clutter on Electoral Outcomes
Presenter: Steven Slutsky
Co-Author(s): Deborah Fletcher, Miami University
Discussant: James Endersby


1:00pm – 2:40pm

Room: Colonial Ballroom


2:40pm – 4:10pm

Room: Pinckney Room

Corruption

Session Chair: Joshua Hall
Session Organizer: Joshua Hall


Capitalism and Experienced Public Corruption
Presenter: Daniel Bennett
Co-Author(s): Hugo J. Faria, Daniel R. Morales
Discussant: Jamie Bologna


Press Freedom, Access to Media and Corruption
Presenter: Nabamita Dutta
Co-Author(s): Sanjukta Roy, The World bank, India


Corruption: The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain
Presenter: Jamie Bologna
Discussant: Nabamita Dutta


The Public Trust and Public Choice
Presenter: Ryan Yonk
Co-Author(s): Randy T. Simmons
Discussant: Daniel Bennett

Room: Parkview Room

Judicial Politics

Session Chair: Georg Vanberg
Session Organizer: Georg Vanberg


Reviewing to Learn: Lower Court Conflict and Certiorari
Presenter: Deborah Beim
Discussant: Georg Vanberg


Presidential Selection of Supreme Court Nominees: The Characteristics Approach
Presenter: Charles Cameron
Co-Author(s): Lauren Mattioli
Discussant: David Law


A Model of Judicial Learning
Presenter: Tom Clark
Co-Author(s): Steven Callander
Discussant: Charles Cameron


Institutional Determinants of Judicial Usage of Foreign Law
Presenter: David Law
Discussant: Deborah Beim

Room: Carolina Ballroom A

The Genesis of and Motivations for Public Choice Theory

Session Chair: Art Carden
Session Organizer: Onkar Ghate


Constitutional Economics in a World Without Rules
Presenter: Peter Boettke
Discussant: Onkar Ghate


Political Philosophy, Altruism and Government by Magic
Presenter: Onkar Ghate
Discussant: Michael Munger


Thoughts on Origins: Imaginary Vices and Real Virtues
Presenter: Bruce Yandle
Discussant: Peter Boettke


A Unified Framework for Comparing Social Choice Mechanisms
Presenter: Michael Munger
Co-Author(s): William Keech
Discussant: Bruce Yandle

Room: Carolina Ballroom B

The Impact of Cronyism on Faith and Flourishing

Session Chair: Anne Bradley
Session Organizer: Kathryn Feliciano


Income Inequality and Cronyism: A Zero-Sum Game
Presenter: Anne Bradley
Discussant: Paul Cleveland


Judeo-Christianity’s Traditional Support for Free Enterprise
Presenter: Paul Cleveland
Discussant: Joseph Connors


Cronyism and Flourishing
Presenter: Joseph Connors
Discussant: Brian Baugus


Entrepreneurship and Cronyism
Presenter: Brian Baugus
Discussant: Anne Bradley

Room: Rutledge Room

Explaining Deficits and Debt

Session Chair: Linda Veiga


The Evaluation of Election Economy in Turkey: The Periods of 1983-2013
Presenter: Engin Hepaksaz
Co-Author(s): M. Hilmi OZKAYA, Emre SAKAR
Discussant: Brian Piper


Uncertainty is Depressing
Presenter: Brian Piper
Co-Author(s): Kevin Grier, Aaron Smallwood
Discussant: Linda Veiga


Determinants of local governments’ deficits and debt
Presenter: Linda Veiga
Co-Author(s): Francisco Veiga
Discussant: Pihan Tsai


Fiscal Incentives and Political Budget Cycles in China
Presenter: Pihan Tsai
Discussant: Engin Hepaksaz

Room: Middleton Room

Urban Political Economy

Session Chair: Eunju Kang


Does The Nomination Scheme of The City Manager Matter For Urban Development Policies?
Presenter: Sebastian Garmann
Discussant: Matthew Holian


A Public Choice Analysis of Caltrans
Presenter: Matthew Holian
Discussant: Jeeyeon Yoo


A study on the contracting out and the cost-efficiency of local water utility companies
Presenter: Jeeyeon Yoo
Discussant: Eunju Kang


Privatizing American Cities with Mayors
Presenter: Eunju Kang
Co-Author(s): Mansokku Lee, Assistant Professor of Economics, SUNY Geneseo
Discussant: Sebastian Garmann

Room: Drayton Room

Papers in Social Choice 2

Session Chair: Dmitriy Vorobyev


Two-Person Fair Division of Indivisible Items: An Efficient, Envy-Free Algorithm
Presenter: D. Marc Kilgour
Co-Author(s): Steven J. Brams, D. Marc Kilgour*, and Christian Klamler
Discussant: Mahendra Prasad


A Simple Visual Proof of May's Theorem for Pedagogical Purposes
Presenter: Mahendra Prasad
Discussant: Dmitriy Vorobyev


Participation in Fraudulent Elections
Presenter: Dmitriy Vorobyev
Discussant: D. Marc Kilgour

Room: Laurens Room

Economics and Politics of Institutional Quality

Session Chair: Peter Miller


Institutional Quality and the Wealth of Autocrats
Presenter: Randall Holcombe
Co-Author(s): Christopher J. Boudreaux
Discussant: Blake Johnson


Monetary Policy and the Rule of Law
Presenter: Blake Johnson
Co-Author(s): Mark Koyama
Discussant: Peter Miller


Autonony, Political Freedom, and Happiness
Presenter: Peter Miller
Co-Author(s): Sebastiano Bavetta, Dario Maimone Ansaldo Patti, and Pietro Navarra
Discussant: Atin Basuchoudhary

Room: Calhoun Room

Primaries, Parties, and Electoral Politics

Session Chair: Carly Urban


Operation Chaos?: Primary Raiding and Costly Voting
Presenter: Calvin Blackwell
Co-Author(s): Peter T. Calcagno
Discussant: Monika Koeppl-Turyna


Two-party competition with investment in political capital: a differential game approach
Presenter: Monika Koeppl-Turyna
Discussant: Brandon Schaufele


Dissent in Parliament
Presenter: Brandon Schaufele
Discussant: Carly Urban


Who Comes Back to Their Base? Evidence from Campaign Contributions
Presenter: Carly Urban
Co-Author(s): Sarah Niebler
Discussant: Calvin Blackwell


4:10pm – 4:20pm


4:20pm – 5:30pm

Room: Carolina Ballroom A

Plenary Session 4: Coyne on Doing Bad

Session Chair: Edward Lopez


Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails
Presenter: Chris Coyne