The Political Economy Research Group was established in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario in 1988. It focused on the application of economic models and methods to the study of political processes and institutions; the economic impact of political processes and institutions; the influence of economic factors on the formation of public policy and on institutional change; the politics of economic policy making; and the political, social, and economic effects of public policy.

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Submissions from 2005

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The Renewal Clause in the Churchill Falls Contract: The Origins of a Coming Crisis, James P. Feehan and Melvin Baker

Submissions from 1999

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Caring About Sunk Costs: A Behavioral Solution to the Hold-up Problem, Lorne Carmichael and W. Bentley MacLeod

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Some Regions Are More Equal Than Others: Evidence on the Sources of Regional Income Differentials from the Canadian Labour Market Before 1930, J. C. Herbert Emery

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Searching for Keynes, J. Stephen Ferris and Stanley L. Winer

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What Economists Know About Canada's Exchange Rate Regime, David Laidler

Submissions from 1998

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Electoral Competition under the Threat of Political Unrest, Matthew Ellman and Leonard Wantchekon

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The Political Enterprise and the Choice of Extremist Policies, Mario Ferrero

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Fabricating the Keynesian Revolution: An Overview, David Laidler

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Nations, States, Unions: Institutional Design and State-Breaking in the Developed West, Hudson Meadwell

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Information, Civil Liberties, and the Political Economy of Witch-hunts, Vai-Lam Mui

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India in the United Nations: The First Years, Balachandra Rajan

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Polling for Votes: CCF and Liberal Political Marketing, 1940-1945, Daniel J. Robinson

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Rotten Altruists, Saccharine Altruists, and Saints: Altruism and Social Optimality, Martin Zelder

Submissions from 1997

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The Empty Wealth of Nations, Robert H. Frank

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Predation and Moral Decay, Herschel I. Grossman and Minseong Kim

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Let's Agree That All Dictatorships Are Equally Bad, Uzi Segal

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The Razor's Edge: Distortions, Incremental Reform and the Theory of the Second Best in the People's Republic of China, Alwyn Young

Submissions from 1996

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Why Do People Vote? An Experiment in Rationality, André Blais and Robert Young

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What Generation X Can Tell Us about the U.S.-Canadian Unemployment Rate Gap, Audra J. Bowlus

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Game Theory and Emotions, Steven J. Brams

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The Performance of Performance Standards: The Effects of JTPA Performance Standards on Efficiency, Equity and Participant Outcomes, James J. Heckman and Jeffrey Smith

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Do National Borders Matter for Quebec's Trade?, John F. Helliwell

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Fiscal and Political Decentralizations in China - A Critique of the Current Fiscal Reform Efforts, Yasheng Huang

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Emerging Consociationalism: Prospects for Power Sharing in Northern Ireland, Colin Knox

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Paying the Bill for Goulash-Communism: Hungarian Development and Macro Stabilization in a Political-Economy Perspective, János Kornai

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Inflation Control and Monetary Policy Rules, David Laidler

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European Integration and the State, Gary Marks, Liesbet Hooghe, and Kermit Blank

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Homeowner Association Private Governments in the American Political System, Evan McKenzie

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Asymmetrical Federalism: Spain in Comparative Perspective, Luis Moreno

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Does Anti-Regime Action under Communist Rule Affect Political Participation after the Fall? Results of a Panel Study in East Germany, Karl-Dieter Opp

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The Political Economy of Aggregate Budget Constraints or the A, B, C's of Industrial Restructuring in Russia, Christof Rühl, Kenneth Serwin, and Michal Kejak

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Why Do People Support Dictators? (Popularity versus Political Exchange), Adi Schnytzer and Janez Šušteršič

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The Clash of Values in Civil Society, Richard Steinberg

Submissions from 1995

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Campaign Contributions and Access, David Austen-Smith

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The Decline of the Swedish Model, Jan-Erik Lane

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The Limits of Rent-Seeking: Why Protectionists Become Free Traders, Michael Lusztig

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Social Security in the ASEAN: Is There a Southeast Asian Model of Welfare Capitalism?, M. Ramesh

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The New World Order, Incorporated: The Rise of Business and the Decline of the Nation-State, Vivien A. Schmidt

Submissions from 1994

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Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Economic Philosophy Among North American Legislators, Bob Altemeyer

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Making the Match: Domestic Placement Agencies and the Racialization of Women's Household Work, Abigail B. Bakan and Daiva K. Stasiulis

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Do Campaign Donations Alter How Politicians Vote?, Stephen G. Bronars and John R. Lott

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Information Aggregation and Economic Development: The Case of East Asia, Jose Edgardo Campos and Hilton L. Root

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Central Banks: Independence, Mandates and Accountability, John W. Crow

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Entry Fees, Firing Threats, and Work Incentives: Capitalist and Labor-Managed Firms in Market Equilibrium, Gregory K. Dow

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Invasion from the Right: The Reform Party in the 1993 Canadian Election, Tom Flanagan

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Politicians, Incentives and Policy Instruments: Theory and Evidence, Réjean Landry and Marc Pesant

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Putting Cruelty First, Kanan Makiya

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To Have and Have Not: Explaining Inequality in Rural China, Jonathan Morduch and Terry Sicular

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Cadre Networks, Information Diffusion, and Market Production in Coastal China, Jean C. Oi

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On the Nature of Nationalism: An Appraisal of Ernest Gellner's Writings on Nationalism, Brendan O'Leary

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Privatization and Corporate Control, Christof Rühl

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Deconstruction: Whence It Came and Whither It Tendeth, Leon Surette

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Local Governments as Industrial Corporations: An Organizational Analysis of China's Transitional Economy, Andrew G. Walder

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How Do Peaceful Secessions Happen?, Robert Young

Submissions from 1993

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Reforming Electoral Democracy: Proposals, Politics and Prospects, Peter Aucoin

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Stealing the Emperor's Clothes: Deficit Offloading and National Standards in Health Care, Paul Boothe and Barbara Johnson

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Legislative Committees as Loyalty-Generating Institutions, David C. Coker and W. Mark Crain

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Where Does Economic Development Really Come From? Constitutional Rule Among the Modern Sioux and Apache, Stephen Cornell and Joseph P. Kalt

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Stock Market Performance and Elections: Made-in-Canada Effects?, Stephen R. Foerster

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Institutional Morality, Russell Hardin

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Belgium: From Regionalism to Federalism, Liesbet Hooghe

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Monetarism - The Unfinished Business, David Laidler

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How Newfoundland Veterans Became Canadian Veterans: A Study in Bureaucracy and Benefit, Peter Neary

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The Veterans Charter and Canadian Women Veterans of World War II, Peter Neary and Shaun Brown

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New Zealand's Monetary Policy Experiment, Peter Nicholl

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A Model of Political Competition with Citizen-Candidates, Martin Osborne and Al Slivinski

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Endogenous Property Rights: The 'Coase Assumption' and Smoking Regulation, Ingrid Peters-Fransen

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Public Finance and China's Economic Reforms, Terry Sicular

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From Expressionism to Kitsch: Ethnic and Intergenerational Conflict and the Rise of Dictatorship, Ronald Wintrobe

Submissions from 1992

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Weathering the Storm: Associational Governance in a Globalizing Era, William D. Coleman

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Rational Ignorance, Rational Expectations, and Fiscal Illusion, Roger D. Congleton

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Two Level Games and the Political Economy of Adjustment: Comparing Australian and Canadian Approaches Towards the Cairns Group and Agricultural Trade in the Uruguay Round, Andrew F. Cooper and Richard Higgott

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A First Nations Province, Thomas J. Courchene and Lisa M. Powell

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In Search of a Compromise in Canada: Constitutional Negotiation and Game Theory, Louis M. Imbeau

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The State, Territorial Minorities and International Regimes, Michael Keating

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Now Out of Never: The Element of Surprise in the East European Revolution of 1989, Timur Kuran

Submissions from 1991

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Government Domestic Debt and the Risk of Default: A Political-Economic Model of the Strategic Role of Debt, Philippe Aghion and Patrick Bolton

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The Non-State-Non-Market Component of the Social Order and the Production of Social Capital, Raymond Breton

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Winner-Take-All Markets, Robert H. Frank and Phillip J. Cook

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The Consequences of Religious Market Structure: Adam Smith and the Economics of Religion, Laurence R. Iannaccone

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Regulation and the Contestability of Markets: Some Evidence from the History of Transportation and Communications in Canada, John N. McDougall

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Constitutional Rights, Dennis Mueller

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Can Repressive Regimes be Moderated Through Foreign Aid?, Filip Palda

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The National Bases of Regime Formation: The Challenge of Supervising International Capital Markets, Louis Pauly

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Redressing Inequality in the Post-Apartheid South African Economy, Richard C. Porter

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From Competitive Eqilibrium to Democratic Equilibrium: Has the Analogy Been Fruitful?, Pierre Salmon and Alain Wolfelsperger

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Plan, Market and Inflation: Potential Problems with China's Two-Track System, Terry Sicular

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Tectonic Policies and Public Choice, Robert Young

Submissions from 1990

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Why Are Stabilizations Delayed?, Alberto Alesina and Allan Drazen

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The Debate Over Electoral Systems, André Blais

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The Medical Malpractice Crisis: A Comparative Empirical Perspective, Donald Dewees, Michael Trebilcock, and Peter Coyte

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Energy Politics in Canada, 1980-81: Threat Power in a Sequential Game, Patrick James

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Taking Interests Seriously, Doug Long

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Debt and Tariffs: An Empirical Investigation of the Evolution of Revenue Systems, Stanley Winer and Walter Hettich

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The Tinpot and the Totalitarian: A Simple Economic Theory of Dictatorship, Ronald Wintrobe

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Why Government Bureaucracies Are Efficient and Not Too Large: The Endogeneity of Institutional Design, Donald Wittman