Political Economy - a new CEPR programme area

Monday, November 29, 2021

We are pleased to officially announce that we have split the current PE programme into two programmes: Public Economics (PE) and Political Economy (POE). While maintaining the synergies between the two fields, this new structure will give a clearer identity to each programme and give us more flexibility for new initiatives.  

The two programmes have the following remits: 

  • Public Economics, led by Camille Landais, continues to bring together researchers interested in analysing the efficiency and distributional effects of all kinds of government interventions in the economy (including, for example, tax and transfer policies, social insurance and all forms of government spending programmes) as well as in understanding the way that these programmes affect the behaviour of households and firms. More information is available here

  • Political Economy, led by Helios Herrera, brings together researchers interested in studying the co-dependence of the political and economic spheres; the study of how political frictions constrain and shape economic policies and how political institutions are designed and affect both political and economic outcomes. These may include the study of voting systems/behaviour and institutions, lobbying and corruption, media and cultural economics, protests and conflicts. More information is available here

Both programmes will hold independent annual symposia.  

CEPR Researchers can now start to submit Discussion Papers to the new Political Economy programme here, via their Portal account.  

To find Discussion Papers by a specific programme area, you can view and download them here. If you do not have access to the Discussion Papers, you can find out more about subscribing to the CEPR Discussion Paper Series here