2019 Harvard Experimental Political Science Conference

March 28 - 29, 2019
CGIS South 1730 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Experiments Working Group held its fourth annual Harvard Experimental Political Science Graduate Student Conference on March 28 and 29, 2019. Graduate students invited from around the world presented cutting-edge experimental research throughout both days of the conference, and a keynote address was given on March 29 by Kosuke Imai, Professor of Government and Statistics at Harvard University. This conference was generously supported by the Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceWeatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Center for American Political Studies.



Thursday, March 28th


Breakfast: 8:30am - 9:00am


Panel 1: 9:00am - 12:00pm, CGIS S030


Kevin Grieco (UCLA) - Electoral Effects of Development Aid: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone
Tanu Kumar (UC-Berkeley) - Welfare Programs Increase Participation in Local Politics: The Effects of Affordable Housing in Mumbai
Janica Magat (Texas A&M) - Formalization, Tax Appeals, and Social Intermediaries in Lagos, Nigeria
Tara Slough (Columbia) - Measuring Distributional Consequences: Evidence from Two Colombian Social Programs
Discussant Comments by Danny Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT
(Chaired by Jacob Brown)

Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Panel 2: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, CGIS S030


Travis Curtice (Emory) - Coethnic Bias and Cooperation in the Provision of Law and Order: Evidence from Two Experiments in Uganda
Salma Mousa (Stanford) - Overcoming the Trust Deficit: An Experiment on Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq
Mara Revkin (Yale) - Can Community Policing Increase State Legitimacy After Conflict? A Research Design for Field Experiments in Iraq
Discussant Comments by Pia Raffler, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University
(Chaired by Andrew Stone)

Panel 3: 3:30pm - 6:00pm, CGIS S020 (note room change)


Zain Chaudhry (Heidelberg) - Mobilizing Women Voters: Experimental Evidence from Pakistan
Meyer Levy (Notre Dame) - Connection Timed Out: The Causal Effects of Internet Access on Political Engagement Among the Offline Population
Christiana Parreira (Stanford) - University Elections and Political Socialization in the Developing World
Irina Soboleva (Columbia) - No Politics, Please! When Democracy Promotion Suppresses Political Engagement
Discussant Comments by Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government at Harvard University
(Chaired by David Romney)

Dinner: 6:00pm - 7:00pm



Friday, March 29th


Breakfast: 7:30am - 8:00am


Panel 4: 8:00am - 10:00am, CGIS S020


Andrew Miller (MIT) - Citizen-Police Cooperation Amid Gang Violence: A Virtual Reality Experiment in Lagos, Nigeria
Kyle Peyton (Yale) - Community Policing and Police Legitimacy: A Field Experiment
Michael Zoorob (Harvard) - Resisting Broken Windows: The Causal Effect of Neighborhood Disorder on Political Behavior
Discussant Comments by Ryan Enos, Professor of Government at Harvard University
(Chaired by Hunter Rendleman)

Panel 5: 10:00am - 12:00pm, CGIS S020


Leah Christiani (UNC-CH) - When are explicit racial appeals effective? Examining the role of anxiety and perceived status threat
Matthew Graham (Yale) - Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the United States
Shom Mazumder (Harvard) - Substrates of National Identity: Experimental Evidence from the United States
Discussant Comments by Ben Schneer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School
(Chaired by Margaret Schwenzfeier)

Lunch: 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Keynote Talk: 12:30pm - 2:00pm, CGIS S020

Kosuke Imai, Professor in the Department of Government and the Department of Statistics at Harvard University
Design and Analysis of Two-stage Randomized Experiments
(accompanied by remarks, Dustin Tingley)

Panel 6: 2:00pm - 3:30pm, CGIS S020


Christopher Blair (UPenn) and Joshua Schwartz (UPenn)- Do Women Make More Credible Threats? Gender Stereotypes, Audience Costs, and Crisis Bargaining
Li Shao (Syracuse) - How Propoganda Intrigues Popular Defense against Foreign Criticism in China
Discussant Comments by Dustin Tingley, Professor of Government at Harvard University
(Chaired by Sophie Hill)

Panel 7: 3:30pm - 6:00pm, CGIS S020


Asad Liaqat (Harvard) - Representation through Information: Politician Responsiveness to Citizen Preferences in Pakistan
David Miller (WUSTL) - On Whose Door to Knock? Lobbyists' Strategic Pursuit of Access to Members of Congress
Elizabeth Wiener (Emory) - Getting a High Heel in the Door: An Experiment Examining State Legislator Responsiveness to Varying Women's Organized Advocacy Tactics
Jeffrey Ziegler (WUSTL) - Responsiveness and Unelected Leaders: Lessons from the Catholic Church
Discussant Comments by Jon Rogowski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University
(Chaired by Gabrielle Malina)

Dinner: 6:00pm - 7:00pm




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