2018 Harvard Experimental Political Science Conference

March 23 - 24, 2018
CGIS South 1730 Cambridge St,
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Experiments Working Group held its third annual Harvard Experimental Political Science Conference at Harvard University, with a keynote address by Professor Gwyneth McClendon, Assistant Professor of Politics at NYU.  The conference was generously supported by the Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceWeatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Center for American Political Studies

Friday, March 23rd (CGIS S010)

Panel 1: 8:00am - 10:00am


Gautam Nair: Freebies or Priceless? The Public Provision of Private Goods in Developing Democracies
Tesalia Rizzo: When Clients Exit: How Barriers to the State Sustain Clientelism
Tara Slough: Bureaucratic Organization and Service Provision: Field Experimental Evidence from Colombia
Discussant Comments by Evan Lieberman, Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa, MIT Political Science
(Chaired by Gabrielle Malina)


Panel 2: 10:00am - 12:00pm


Xinran Li, Peng Ding, and Donald Rubin: Asymptotic Theory of Rerandomization in Treatment-Control Experiments
Steven Moore: Gorillas in our Midst? Exploring the Political Correlates of Implicit Dehumanization
Kyle Peyton and Gregory Huber: Do Survey Measures of Racial Prejudice Predict Racial Discrimination? Experimental Evidence on Anti-Black Discrimination in Resource Allocations
Discussant Comments by Matt Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard Government
(Chaired by David Romney)

Lunch: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Keynote Talk: 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
Gwyneth McClendon
Gwyneth McClendon, NYU: Taking Weber to the Lab, and Other Tales of Experiments in Mixed Methods Research
(accompanied by remarks, Dustin Tingley)

Panel 3: 2:00pm - 4:00pm


Libby Jenke: Tracking Moderates’ Use of Policy Information in Candidate Evaluation
Joshua Kalla and Ethan Porter: Correcting Bias in Perceptions of Public Opinion Among American Elected Officials: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment
Miguel Pereira: Who do Public Officials Learn From? A Field Experiment on Policy Diffusion
Discussant Comments by Adam Berinsky,  Mitsui Professor of Political Science, MIT Political Science
(Chaired by Shiro Kuriwaki)


Panel 4: 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Talbot Andrews, Andrew Delton, and Reuben Kline: High Risk and High Reward Decision Making for Climate Change Mitigation
Giovanna Invernizzi: On The Impact of Salience and Public Information on Voting
Zack Barnett-Howell: Should I Stay or Should I Go: Microeconomic Determinants of Migration
Discussant Comments by Jason Anastasopoulos, Microsoft Visiting Professor, Princeton Woordrow Wilson School and School of Engineering
(Chaired by Shom Mazumder)


Saturday, March 24th (CGIS S020)


Panel 5: 9:30am - 11:30am


Austin Knuppe: Local Partners for Local Problems: When Does Foreign Security Assistance Undermine Public Support for Local Combatants?
Joan Ricart-Huguet and Elizabeth Levy Paluck: When the Sorting Hat Sorts Randomly: A Natural Experiment on Culture
David Romney: Frames for Ingroup Policing during Conflict
Discussant Comments by Joshua Kertzer,  Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard Government
(Chaired by Sophie Hill)

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Panel 6: 12:30pm - 2:30pm


Sharan Grewal, Amaney Jamal, Tarek Masoud, and Elizabeth Nugent: Poverty and Divine Rewards: The Electoral Advantage of Islamic Political Parties
Carolyn Barnett, Amaney Jamal, and Steve Monroe:  Women’s Employment and Empowerment: Experimental Evidence from Jordan
Evan Lieberman and Yang-Yang Zhou: The Role of Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Development:  Evidence from Tanzania
Discussant Comments by Stephen Ansolabehere, Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Harvard Government 
(Chaired by Jake Brown)


Panel 7: 2:30pm - 4:30pm


Jeremy Bowles and Horacio Larreguy: Political Debates and Radio: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Liberia
Dimitar Gueogrguiev, Li Shao, and Charles Crabtree: Blurring the Lines: Rethinking Censorship under Autocracy
Michelle Torres: Framing a Protest: The Effects of Visual Violence on Political Attitudes
Discussant Comments by Ariel White, Assistant Professor of Political Science, MIT Political Science
(Chaired by Gabrielle Malina)


Harvard Experiments Working Group 
Shiro Kuriwaki, Gabrielle Malina, Shom Mazumder, David RomneyDustin Tingley