2016 Harvard Experimental Political Science Conference

March 25 - 26, 2016
CGIS South S020, Belfer Case Study Room
1730 Cambridge St,
Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Experiments Working Group, in partnership with the Working Group on Political Psychology, held the first annual Harvard Experimental Political Science Conference at Harvard University on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, 2016. The conference comprised seven panels, each with faculty discussants.  The keynote speaker for the conference was Neil Malhotra, Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. 

Supported by Dustin Tingley, Harvard's Working Group in Political Psychology and Behavior, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs


Conference Schedule

(Presenters ordered by last name within panel)

Panel 1: 8:00 am - 10:00 am, March 25th (Friday)
Kevin Munger, New York University. "Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: Social Norm Promotion on Online Harassers"
Ethan Porter, Chicago University. "Bang For Your Buck, Not A Free Lunch: Consumer Fairness and American Attitudes to Taxation"
Paul Zachary, University of California, San Diego. "Knocked Out? The Electoral Consequences of Politicians’ Disclosure of LGBT Status" (paper with Bethany Albertson)
DiscussantRyan Enos, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard Department of Government

Panel 2: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, March 25th (Friday)
Seth Werfel, Stanford University. "Self-licensing and policy preferences"
Ryan Powers, University of Wisconsin - Madison. "Economic Anxiety and Trade Policy Preferences: Evidence from Experiments"
Shiri Krebs, Stanford University. "When More Information Means Less Knowledge: Experimental Data On The Impact Of War Crimes Investigations On Public Opinion"
DiscussantBeth Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Department of Government

Keynote Talk: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, March 25th (Friday), CGIS S050
Neil Malhotra, Stanford, "The Economic Consequences of Partisanship in a Polarized Era", with the Working Group in Political Psychology (WoGPoP)
Malhotra's picture

Panel 3: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, March 25th (Friday)
Jiyoung Ko, Yale University. "A Prelude to Violence? The Effect of Nationalism on Foreign Policy Preference."
Jonathan Chu, Stanford University. "International Organizations and Public Opinion on Armed Humanitarian Intervention"
Connor Huff, Harvard University. "The Inter-Temporal Tradeoff in Mobilizing Support for War" (paper with Robert Schub)
DiscussantMatthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications and Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Panel 4: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, March 25th (Friday)
Nikhar Gaikwad, Yale University. "Do Politicians Discriminate Against Internal Migrants? Evidence from Nationwide Field Experiments in India" (paper with Gareth Nellis)
Aseem Mahajan, Harvard University. "Distributional Equity in Climate Change Policy: Responsibility, Capacity, and Vulnerability" (paper with Reuben Kline and Dustin Tingley)
William Nomikos, Yale University. "How Can International Actors Build Interethnic Trust after Conflict? Evidence from Peacebuilding in Mali"
DiscussantJeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard Department of Government


Panel 5: 9:00 am - 11:00 am, March 26th (Saturday)
Pia Raffler, Yale University. "Bureaucrats versus Politicians: A Field Experiment on Political Oversight and Local Public Service Provision"
Tesalia Rizzo, MIT. "Against the Machine: How the weakening of clientelistic linkages affects citizens' political behavior"
Melissa Sands, Harvard University. "Exposure to Inequality Changes Redistributive Behavior"
DiscussantHoracio Larreguy, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of Government

Panel 6: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, March 26th (Saturday)
Kabir Khanna, Princeton University. "Do Partisans Selectively Learn Factual Information? Evidence from a Pair of Survey Experiments"
Christopher Lucas, Harvard University. "Words Don’t Fit The Picture: Measuring the Effects of Emotional Displays in Campaign Speeches" (paper with Dean Knox and Justin de Benedictis-Kessner)
Asli Cansunar, Duke University. "Calculating with the Unknown: The Effects of (Mis)Perceptions of Inequality Between Income Groups on Tax Preferences"
Discussant: Matt Blackwell, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of Government

Lunch: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Panel 7: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, March 26th (Saturday)
Egor Lazarev, Columbia University. "Choosing Between Laws: Preferences for Alternative Legal Systems in Chechnya " (paper with Christopher Farris and Holger Kern)
Charles Crabtree, Pennsylvania State University. "Truth replaced by silence: Private censorship in Russia"
Vera Mironova, Harvard Kennedy School. "Minority Status and Investment: Evidence from Natural and Lab Experiments in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (paper with Egor Lazarev and Alex Imas)
DiscussantJoshua Kertzer, Assistant Professor, Harvard Department of Government



Connor HuffDominika KruszewskaShiro KuriwakiChristopher Lucas

Any questions can be directed to the Conference Organizers at: hewg.harvard@gmail.com.


Faculty Sponsor

Dustin Tingley