58th Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society

2021 Public Choice Society, March 11-13, Savannah Georgia

Friday, March 12, 2021

8:00am – 9:30am

Institutional Paradoxes, Failure, and Mistakes - Honoring Bernard Grofman

Session Chair: Marek Kaminski
Session Organizer: Bonnie Wilson

Implications of Soundness-Dependent Effects for Interventions in the Replication Crisis
Presenter: Aydin Mohseni
Discussant: Marek Kaminski

Primacy effects in proportional representation and single-member district elections
Presenter: Marek Kaminski
Discussant: Aydin Mohseni

Redistricting: Squaring the Circle of Seemingly Incompatible Legal Standards
Presenter: Bernard Grofman

Virginia Political Economy II: Institutional Processes

Session Chair: Richard Wagner
Session Organizer: Richard Wagner

Foregone and Superfluous Innovation
Presenter: Marta Podemska-Mikluch
Discussant: Alexander Taylor

Public Opinion: An Entangled Reconstruction
Presenter: Alexander Taylor
Discussant: Marta Podemska-Mikluch

The Vitality of Animal Spirits for Market Economies
Presenter: Sarah Moore
Discussant: Meg Patrick Tuszynski

"Beyond Markets and Governments: Fitting the Third Sector into the Entangled Political Economy Framework"
Presenter: Meg Patrick Tuszynski
Discussant: Sarah Moore

Subnational Economic Development

Session Chair: Daniel Bennett
Session Organizer: Daniel Bennett

Immigration and Economic Freedom of the US States: Does Time in the US Matter?
Presenter: Alexandre Padilla
Co-Author(s): Nicolás Cachanosky; Dean Stansel; Meg Tuszynski
Discussant: Gary Wagner

The Political Economy of State Economic Development Incentives
Presenter: Gary Wagner
Co-Author(s): Russell S. Sobel; Peter T. Calcagno
Discussant: Alexandre Padilla

Do Perceived Obstacles Deter Innovation Efforts of Firms? Micro-Evidence from India
Presenter: Nabamita Dutta
Co-Author(s): Hamid Beladi; Saibal Kar
Discussant: Daniel Bennett

Regional Innovation Networks & High-Growth Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Daniel Bennett
Co-Author(s): Gary Wagner
Discussant: Nabamita Dutta

State Capacity

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

The foundation of English state capacity and economic growth: King Alfred and the Vikings
Presenter: Nathaniel Smith
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Vasyl Kvartiuk

Institutional quality and liberal land reforms acceptance: The case of Ukrainian land reform
Presenter: Vasyl Kvartiuk
Co-Author(s): Deininger, Klaus
Discussant: Clemens Buchen

Institutional reform paths
Presenter: Clemens Buchen
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Nathaniel Smith


Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Strategic voting and strategic abstention in iterative multi-candidate elections
Presenter: Fabricio Vasselai
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Dmitriy Vorobyev

Participation Quorum when Voting is Costly
Presenter: Dmitriy Vorobyev
Co-Author(s): Matveenko, Andrei; Valei, Azamat
Discussant: Fabricio Vasselai

Iterative Calculus of Voting under Plurality
Presenter: Fabricio Vasselai
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Nicolaus Tideman

A Rational Way to Shrink a Set of Candidates to Any Specified Size
Presenter: Nicolaus Tideman
Discussant: Fabricio Vasselai

Social Order

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Similes cum Similibus: How Shared Characteristics Shape Election and Policy Outcomes
Presenter: Benjamin Ogden
Co-Author(s): Bromo, Francesco
Discussant: Mats Ekman

Why Matriliny?
Presenter: Mats Ekman
Co-Author(s): Ekman, Mats (sole author)

De Gustibus et Conflictu Socialis: Fixed Preferences and Social Conflict
Co-Author(s): Dr. Brian E. Butler
Discussant: Jhonatan Saldana Diaz

Do we need prospect theory to explain politics and conflict?
Presenter: Jhonatan Saldana Diaz
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Benjamin Ogden


Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Corruption accusations and bureaucratic performance: Evidence from Pakistan
Presenter: Ummad Mazhar
Co-Author(s): Iftikhar, Komal
Discussant: Slade Mendenhall

Presenter: Slade Mendenhall
Co-Author(s): Joshua Ingber
Discussant: Julien Hanoteau

Does e-procurement reduce firm corruption to secure public contracts?
Presenter: Julien Hanoteau
Co-Author(s): Barkemeyer Ralf; Jimenez Alfredo
Discussant: Van Ha Le

Unreported income by government employees in Vietnam: Estimation and Verification
Presenter: Van Ha Le
Co-Author(s): I am the single author
Discussant: Ummad Mazhar

War and War Gaming

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

The Continuing Debate on Military Conscription
Presenter: Mark Crain
Co-Author(s): Nicole Crain
Discussant: Edwar Escalante

When Women fight Wars
Presenter: Edwar Escalante
Co-Author(s): Escalante, Edwar
Discussant: Yahya Alshamy

Defense and Governance in Stateless Pre-Islamic Mecca
Presenter: Yahya Alshamy
Co-Author(s): N/A
Discussant: Garrett Wood

The Robust Political Economy of Wargaming
Presenter: Garrett Wood
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Mark Crain

10:00am – 11:20am

Plenary Session: Bart J. Wilson "The Property Species"

Session Chair: William Shughart
Session Organizer: William Shughart

Plenary Talk: Bart J. Wilson "The Property Species"
Presenter: Bart Wilson

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Roundtable on Shared Mental Models: Kyklos Symposium in Honor of Douglass C. North

Session Chair: Ravi Roy
Session Organizer: Arthur Denzau

Institutional Change and the Importance of Understanding Shared Mental Models
Presenter: William Shughart
Discussant: Michael Munger

Shared Belief Systems, The “Basic Space,” and the Constrained Nature of Rationality in Judging Institutions
Presenter: Michael Munger
Discussant: Ronil Hira

Outsourcing: A case of Shared Mental Models in conflict
Presenter: Ronil Hira
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: William Shughart

Rent Seeking and Rent Creation

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Estimating the Impact of Rent-Seeking on Income Distribution
Presenter: Stephen Miller
Co-Author(s): Melo, Vitor
Discussant: Kaori Hasegawa

IIdentity Loss and Rent-Seeking in Gender Categories in Japan
Presenter: Kaori Hasegawa
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Mohammad Qadam Shah

The Politics of Budgetary Capture in Fragile States: Who Gets What When and How in Afghanistan
Presenter: Mohammad Qadam Shah
Co-Author(s): Qadam Shah, Mohammad
Discussant: Peter Hazlett

Bureaucratic Rent Creation: The Case of Price Discrimination in the Market for Postsecondary Education
Presenter: Peter Hazlett
Co-Author(s): Chandler Reilly
Discussant: Stephen Miller


Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Russian Merger Control: in Favor of Foreign Companies?
Presenter: Anastasiia Redkina
Co-Author(s): Jardon, Carlos; Molodchik, Mariia
Discussant: Vasyl Kvartiuk

Does it pay to be a regional MP in Russia? Regulatory capture in Russian agricultural subsidization
Presenter: Vasyl Kvartiuk
Co-Author(s): Herzfeld, Thomas
Discussant: Justin Callais

Is Putin’s Russia Really a Normal Country? A Synthetic Control Approach
Presenter: Justin Callais
Co-Author(s): Martin, Adam
Discussant: Scott King

An Economic Theory of Personality Cults
Presenter: Scott King
Co-Author(s): N/A
Discussant: Anastasiia Redkina

Regulation and Health

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Condoning More Codones: Florida's Opioid Trafficking Law and Opioid Mortality
Presenter: Eunsik Chang
Co-Author(s): solo authored
Discussant: Arijit Ray

Is providing contraceptives without doctor's prescription effective in reducing foster care admission?
Presenter: Arijit Ray
Co-Author(s): Ray, Arijit.
Discussant: Audrey Redford

The Impact of Drug-Induced Homicide Laws on Unintentional Drug Overdose Rates
Presenter: Audrey Redford
Co-Author(s): Angela K. Dills; Kathleen M. Sheehan
Discussant: Moiz Bhai

The Effects of Occupational Licensing Reform on Children's Health
Presenter: Moiz Bhai
Co-Author(s): Mitch Mitchell
Discussant: Eunsik Chang

Past Presidents

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Political Preferences and Public Policy
Presenter: Randall Holcombe
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Roger Congleton

Assessing the Impacts of Publications: Readership and Citations as Alternative Measures of Impact
Presenter: Roger Congleton
Co-Author(s): Alex Marsella (WVU) and Alexander J Cardazzi (WVU)
Discussant: Edward Lopez

Feuding, Credible Commitments, and the Blessings of an Independent Judiciary: The Diet of Worms and the Creation of the Imperial Chamber Court
Presenter: Georg Vanberg
Co-Author(s): Broman, Benjamin
Discussant: Randall Holcombe

Regulation in the Large

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

A 50 State Review of Regulatory Procedures
Presenter: Feler Bose
Co-Author(s): Baugus, Brian; Broughel, James
Discussant: Robert Loveland

Deregulation, Listing and Delisting
Presenter: Robert Loveland
Co-Author(s): Mulherin, J. Harold; Okoeguale, Kevin
Discussant: Donghyuk Kim

Economic Spillovers and Political Payoffs in Government Competition for Firms: Evidence from the Kansas City Border War
Presenter: Donghyuk Kim
Co-Author(s): N/A
Discussant: Bruno Buscariolli

Firm-level Impacts of Pro-Market Reforms: Latin America as a Laboratory
Presenter: Bruno Buscariolli
Co-Author(s): Carneiro, Jorge; Dau, Luis; Moore, Elizabeth
Discussant: Sean Mulholland

Don't TREAD on anyone
Presenter: Sean Mulholland
Co-Author(s): Mulholland, Sean
Discussant: Feler Bose

2:40pm – 4:10pm

Political Capitalism

Session Chair: Mehrdad Vahabi
Session Organizer: Mehrdad Vahabi

Political capitalism under the Islamic Republic of Iran
Presenter: Mehrdad Vahabi
Discussant: Miklos Rosta

Political capitalism in the French heath system: the welfare state against the citizens' health
Presenter: Philippe Batifoulier
Co-Author(s): Nicolas Da Silva
Discussant: Judit Kalman

Predatory capitalism. Understanding property rights in hybrid regimes
Presenter: Miklos Rosta
Discussant: Mehrdad Vahabi

Unemployment Policy as Predation - Public Works Program in Hungary
Presenter: Judit Kalman
Discussant: Nicolas Da Silva

Political Economy and Development

Session Chair: Justin Callais
Session Organizer: Kevin Grier

Lies, Damned Lies, and (Corrupt) Statistics: Corruption and Statistical Quality
Presenter: Justin Callais
Discussant: Israt Jahan

Do Longer Constitutions Corrupt?
Presenter: Israt Jahan
Co-Author(s): Jamie Bologna
Discussant: Linan Peng

Did the Northeast Area Revitalization Plan Work? A Multiple Synthetic Control Analysis
Presenter: Linan Peng

Freedom and Growth Hand in Hand? Evidence from Bangladesh
Presenter: Towhid Mahmood
Discussant: Justin Callais

Occupational Licensing

Session Chair: Bonnie Wilson
Session Organizer: Bonnie Wilson

Scope of Practice Effects on the Prescription of Opioids by Nurse Practitioners Serving Medicare Beneficiaries
Presenter: Alicia Plemmons

Is licensing disproportionally impeding veteran entrepreneurship?
Presenter: Sriparna Ghosh
Co-Author(s): Connor Norris
Discussant: Alicia Plemmons


Session Chair: Marianne Johnson
Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Polycentric Defense in the Civil Rights Movement
Presenter: Nathan Goodman
Co-Author(s): N/A
Discussant: Alexander Schaefer

The Problem of Complexity and the Emergence of Polycentric Political Order
Presenter: Alexander Schaefer
Co-Author(s): Daems, Dries
Discussant: Thomas Choate

Policy conflict and the distribution of government capacity
Presenter: Thomas Choate
Co-Author(s): n/a
Discussant: Marianne Johnson

Elinor Ostrom on Working Together
Presenter: Marianne Johnson
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Nathan Goodman

Parliaments and Judges

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Informativeness vs. Responsiveness: An Endogenous Legislative Trade-off
Presenter: Benjamin Ogden
Co-Author(s): n/a
Discussant: Adrian Lucardi

Resignation as Promotion? Assessing Patterns of Early Departure in the Argentine Congress, 1983-2017
Presenter: Adrian Lucardi
Co-Author(s): Micozzi, Juan Pablo; Skigin, Natan
Discussant: Gabriel Benzecry

The representatives of the people? Collective action in Brazil’s Constituent Assembly
Presenter: Gabriel Benzecry
Co-Author(s): N/A
Discussant: Seana Sugrue

Is It Time to Reconsider Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices?
Presenter: Seana Sugrue
Co-Author(s): none
Discussant: Benjamin Ogden

New Books - Author Talks

Session Chair: Edward Lopez
Session Organizer: Edward Lopez

Author Remarks on "Leave Me Alone and I'll Make you Rich"
Presenter: Art Carden
Co-Author(s): Deirdre McCloskey

Author Remarks on "Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions"
Presenter: Benjamin Powell
Co-Author(s): Alex Nowrasteh

4:20pm – 5:50pm

Institutional Paradoxes, Failure, and Mistakes - Honoring Steven Brams

Session Chair: Marek Kaminski
Session Organizer: Bonnie Wilson

Strategic games and hidden incentives in Formula 1 racing
Presenter: Brian Kaiser
Discussant: Ugurcan Evci

Comparing plurality rule against Borda count on the basis of their majoritarian axioms
Presenter: Jac Heckelman
Discussant: Brian Kaiser

Reflections on Political Paradoxes
Presenter: Steven Brams

Institutions & Entrepreneurship

Session Chair: Daniel Bennett
Session Organizer: Daniel Bennett

The Burden of Occupational Licensing at the Local Level
Presenter: Alicia Plemmons
Co-Author(s): Sriparna Ghosh; Dean Stansel

Legitimate Ink: Licensing and Entry in the Tattooing Industry
Presenter: Fabian Diaz
Co-Author(s): Maria Minniti
Discussant: Alicia Plemmons

When does entrepreneurship create lasting firms?
Presenter: Christian Bjørnskov
Co-Author(s): Nikolai Foss; Chloe Xu
Discussant: Daniel Bennett

Institutions and Entrepreneurial Action: The Mediating Role of Socio-Cognitive Traits
Presenter: Daniel Bennett
Co-Author(s): Christopher Boudreaux; David Lucas; Boris Nikolaev
Discussant: Christian Bjørnskov

Macroeconomic Policies

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Chinese Development Lending & the Amplification Effect
Presenter: Greg Caskey
Co-Author(s): N/A
Discussant: Pierre Mandon

Has the Literature Highlighted Evidence that Chinese Official Financing Benefited Recipient Countries? Evidence from a Meta-Regression Analysis
Presenter: Pierre Mandon
Co-Author(s): Woldemichael, Martha Tesfaye
Discussant: Toshihiro Ihori

Environmental quality, dirty consumption and abatement attempts in an inequality economy
Presenter: Toshihiro Ihori
Co-Author(s): None
Discussant: Ernesto del Castillo

The Sustainability of Mexican Municipalities Debt
Presenter: Ernesto del Castillo
Co-Author(s): René Cabral Torres; Eduardo Saucedo de la Fuente
Discussant: Greg Caskey

How Should Ranked-Choice Votes be Counted?

Session Organizer: Nicolaus Tideman

Is Dodgson's Proposal the Answer to Residual Strategic Vulnerability under Condorcet-Hare?
Presenter: James Green-Armytage

Can Public Officials Understand and Accept the Ranked Pairs Rule?
Presenter: Tyler Caraza-Harter
Discussant: John Moser

What Happens When a Candidate Knocks on Doors Advocating the Ranked Pairs Rule?
Presenter: John Moser

A Report from the Field: The Case for an Open Primary and a Top Five IRV Run-Off
Presenter: Katherine Gehl

Meta Public Choice

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

Tacit collusion in politics
Presenter: Anders Kärnä
Co-Author(s): Christian Johansson; Jaakko Meriläinen
Discussant: Pierre Rafih

The Impact of Welfare Chauvinism on the Results of Right-Wing Populist Voting in Germany after the Refugee Crisis
Presenter: Pierre Rafih
Co-Author(s): Bartholomae, Florian; Nam, Chang Woon
Discussant: Rick Raddatz

Meta Public Choice: a Five-Economy Model of Society
Presenter: Rick Raddatz
Co-Author(s): Single-author paper
Discussant: Martin Paldam

The Democratic Transition – the Story of the Long Run
Presenter: Martin Paldam
Co-Author(s): none
Discussant: Anders Kärnä

Immigration, Trade and Slavery

Session Organizer: Public Choice Society President

When Fievel Can’t Go West: Immigration Restrictions and Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Joshua Bedi
Co-Author(s): Jia, Shaomeng
Discussant: Jon Murphy

Rethinking the National Defense Exception to Free Trade: An Analysis using the Jones Act and Defense Production Act
Presenter: Jon Murphy
Co-Author(s): Goodman, Nathan
Discussant: Phil Magness

The Economics of Slavery: A Tullockian Assessment
Presenter: Phil Magness
Co-Author(s): Art Carden; Ilia Murtazashvili
Discussant: Matteo Pazzona

Migrants’ Diversity and Team’s Performance
Presenter: Matteo Pazzona
Co-Author(s): Addesa, Francesco; Rossi, Giambattista
Discussant: Joshua Bedi

The Political Economy of Cultural Assimilation

Session Chair: Greg Caskey
Session Organizer: Greg Caskey

Ethnogenesis and Statelessness
Presenter: Louis Rouanet
Co-Author(s): Vincent Geloso
Discussant: Greg Caskey

State Capacity and Predation: The Case of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang
Presenter: Greg Caskey
Co-Author(s): Murtazashvili, Ilia
Discussant: Ilia Murtazashvili

Trail of Tears: The Political Economy of Cultural Assimilation
Presenter: Ilia Murtazashvili
Co-Author(s): Gregory W. Caskey
Discussant: Linan Peng

Did the Policies in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Lead to Higher Development and Social Compliance? A Synthetic Control Analysis
Presenter: Linan Peng
Co-Author(s): Justin Callais
Discussant: Louis Rouanet

5:00pm – 9:00pm