In-Group Loyalty and the Electoral Consequences of Corruption

April 29, 2017

Catherine De Vries opened her keynote lecture at the EPCS Annual Meeting by noting that 6 out of 7.4 billion people lived in a country with a serious corruption problem in 2015. When asked, people say that they are concerned about corruption. Conventional wisdom suggests that elections curb corruption because these same people will vote against corrupt candidates. There is evidence, however, that voters tolerate – even condone – corruption when it is practiced by candidates with whom they share a group identity.

How Gender Budgeting Contributes to More Informed Public Policy

April 29, 2017

“As a student and a woman from a country (Zimbabwe) and continent with significant levels of inequality, I am very familiar with the pervasiveness of gender imbalance – and the devastating consequences it has especially on women,” says second-year MPA student Sikhathele Nkala. Like most countries in Africa, Zimbabwe has adopted progressive legislation in recent years to address these gender imbalances. Despite this, Nkala says that the day-to-day experiences of women demonstrate that gender inequality and exclusion of women’s concerns and priorities in policy making is pervasive.

EPCS Stands With CEU

April 26, 2017

During its annual meeting at CEU in Budapest, Hungary on April 19-22, the European Public Choice Society (EPCS) expressed its solidarity with Central European University.

Wicksell Prize Awarded at EPCS Meeting at CEU

April 23, 2017

“Can politicians gain votes by means of economic policy promises made during an election campaign?” That’s the question that Matteo Alpino posed in his Wicksell Prize-winning paper. Matteo Alpino is a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization, and Performance at the University of Oslo.

CEU Hosts Annual European Public Choice Society Conference

April 17, 2017

More than 240 scholars from 32 countries are gathering in Budapest this week for the 2017 European Public Choice Society (EPCS) conference. The annual EPCS conference is the premier gathering for political economists and quantitative political scientists in Europe.  It meets every year at a different location. Previous meetings have been held at the University of Freiburg (2016), the Zernike Campus of the University of Groningen (2015), and the University of Cambridge (2014).