Photo Attribution The 56th Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society

2019 Conference Program

Friday, March 15, 2019



Rent Seeking and Extraction

Session Chair: Dalila Lindov
Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Are legislators responsive to contributions from teachers’ unions?
Presenter: Dalila Lindov
Discussant: Gabriel Cunha

Financial Gains from Legislative Office: Evidence from Brazilian Municipal Councilors
Presenter: Gabriel Cunha
Discussant: Jordan Lofthouse

Don’t buffalo me: The political economy of American Prairie Reserve
Presenter: Jordan Lofthouse
Discussant: Fabio Padovano

Presenter: Fabio Padovano
Co-Author(s): Cadoret Isabelle
Discussant: Dalila Lindov



Session Chair: Edwar Escalante
Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Night watchers and Terrorists
Presenter: Edwar Escalante
Discussant: Ilia Murtazashvili

VoxPrey: Think tanks and the predatory state
Presenter: Ilia Murtazashvili
Co-Author(s): Mylovanov, Tymofiy; Murtazashvili, Jennifer
Discussant: Ennio Piano

Political foundations of military institutions: The case of late medieval Italy
Presenter: Ennio Piano
Co-Author(s): Peter T Leeson
Discussant: Henry Thompson

Towards a General Theory of Group Infiltration
Presenter: Henry Thompson
Discussant: Edwar Escalante



Session Chair: Chuanyi Guo
Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

The Impact of State Financial Intervention on School District Fiscal Performance: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design
Presenter: Chuanyi Guo
Discussant: Rene Cabral

Public Debt Sustainability and Political Networks: The Case of Subnational Debt in Mexico
Presenter: Rene Cabral
Co-Author(s): Fausto Hernández-Trillo; Ernesto del Castillo
Discussant: Jen Sidorova

Policy Path Dependence and Public Pension Debt: How Statutory Funding Policy Can Shape Political Decision Making for State Run Pension Systems
Presenter: Jen Sidorova
Co-Author(s): Anthony Randazzo
Discussant: Lang Yang

Attention to Information: Housing and Credit Market Response to New York Fiscal Stress Monitoring System
Presenter: Lang Yang
Discussant: Chuanyi Guo



Session Chair: Richard Jong-A-Pin
Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Rich or Alive? Political (in)stability, political leader selection and economic growth
Presenter: Richard Jong-A-Pin
Co-Author(s): Yu, Shu
Discussant: Noman Ahmad

The Lingering Effects of Indirect Colonial Rule on Democratic Institutions in Pakistan: Insights from Surveys and Election Data
Presenter: Noman Ahmad
Co-Author(s): Sarwar, Nasir
Discussant: Steven Craig

Samuelson Meets Federalism: Local Production of a National Public Good
Presenter: Steven Craig
Co-Author(s): Brueckner, Jan; Lee, Kangoh
Discussant: Yukun Sun

Political Network, Working Experience, and Economic Performance: Evidence from China
Presenter: Yukun Sun
Co-Author(s): Miao, Gaojie
Discussant: Richard Jong-A-Pin


Public Finance and Federalism in Developing Countries

Session Chair: Monica Escaleras
Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Assessing the Impact of Decentralization and Political Institutions on Infrastructure Quality
Presenter: Monica Escaleras
Co-Author(s): Chiang, Eric
Discussant: Youness Sahibi

Strategic interaction over the political cycle: the role of decentralization
Presenter: Youness Sahibi

Strategic interactions between Moroccan local governments are geographical or political?
Co-Author(s): Maria EL KHDARI; Samira OUKARFI; Youness SAHIBI
Discussant: Mansokku Lee

Public Trust, Government Spending, and Financial Development
Presenter: Mansokku Lee
Discussant: Monica Escaleras


Empirical State and Local Political Economy

Session Chair: Dean Stansel
Session Organizer: Dean Stansel

The Grecian horse II: does immigration lead to the deterioration of American institutions?
Presenter: Alexandre Padilla
Co-Author(s): Nicolas Cachanosky
Discussant: Dean Stansel

Economic Freedom and Migration: A Metro Area-Level Analysis
Presenter: Dean Stansel
Co-Author(s): Arif, Imran; Hoffer, Adam
Discussant: Daniel Sutter

Is Occupational Licensing a Bipartisan Issue?
Presenter: Daniel Sutter
Co-Author(s): Dove, John A.
Discussant: Yang Zhou

Horizontal “Checks and Balances” in the Socialist Regime: Prefecture City Level Evidence from China
Presenter: Yang Zhou
Discussant: Alexandre Padilla


Political Economy of Corruption

Session Chair: Oguzhan Dincer
Session Organizer: Oguzhan Dincer

The Effects of Federal Regulation on Corruption in U.S. States
Presenter: Oguzhan Dincer
Co-Author(s): Gunalp, Burak
Discussant: Jordan Gans-Morse

The Effects of Study Abroad Programs on Corruption Attitudes: Evidence from Ukraine and Georgia
Presenter: Jordan Gans-Morse
Discussant: Robert Gillanders

The Role of a Free Press in Combating Business Corruption
Presenter: Robert Gillanders
Co-Author(s): Binhadab, Nouf; Breen, Michael
Discussant: Matthew Winters

When are Politicians Punished for Bureaucratic Corruption?
Presenter: Matthew Winters
Co-Author(s): Bourassa, Aimée; Weitz-Shapiro, Rebecca
Discussant: Oguzhan Dincer


Experimental Public Choice III

Session Chair: Rustam Romaniuc
Session Organizer: Gregory DeAngelo

Herd Behavior under Varying Degrees of Uncertainty
Presenter: Adam Hoffer
Co-Author(s): Tsang, Ming; Stivers, Adam
Discussant: Brock Stoddard

Pay, Pleas, and Prosecutorial Leniency
Presenter: Lucas Rentschler
Co-Author(s): Ralston, Jason ; Aimone Jason; North, Charles
Discussant: Rustam Romaniuc

Strategic Thinking in Tullock Contests
Presenter: Brock Stoddard
Co-Author(s): David Bruner; Caleb Cox; David McEvoy
Discussant: Adam Hoffer


Corporate welfare

Session Chair: Amihai Glazer
Session Organizer: Amihai Glazer

Identifying Agglomeration Spillovers: New Evidence from Large Plant Openings
Presenter: Carlianne Patrick
Co-Author(s): Partridge, Mark
Discussant: Paul Pecorino

Public goods and lobbying with participation costs
Presenter: Paul Pecorino
Co-Author(s): Conlon, John R.
Discussant: Amihai Glazer

Incentives, Plant Locations, and Plant Survival
Presenter: Amihai Glazer
Co-Author(s): Nicholas Kumomoto
Discussant: Tae Kim

Does a Firm's Political Capital Affect Its Investment and Innovation?
Presenter: Tae Kim
Discussant: Carlianne Patrick