We are pleased to announce the Ninth Annual NYU-CESS (New York University Center for Experimental Social Sciences) Conference on Experimental Political Science for Friday, February 19th, 2016 and Saturday, February 20th, 2016.

The Conference is an annual event that we hope will bring together researchers interested in experimental methodology in political science broadly. That is, we welcome the participation of scholars who work in the field and those who work in the lab as well as the participation of political psychologists and political economists. Furthermore, we welcome the participation of scholars who are not experimentalists themselves but are interested in learning and discussing experimental methods as well as those interested in the relationship between the experimental method and analyzing observational data in political science.

The Conference will be a two-day event with 16 papers presented. We will also have the poster session for graduate students. Below is a list of the papers that will be presented at the conference (in alphabetical order by presenter):

  1. Matthew Blackwell, Harvard University, “Identification and Estimation of Joint Treatment Effects with Instrumental Variables”
  2. Ted Hsuan Yun Chen, Pennsylvania State University, “Measuring Audience Cost: An Experimental Design that Recovers Preference for Consistency with Less Confounding”
  3. Dalton Conley, New York University, “Coupling between social learning and free ridership in voluntary rating systems for public services: Virtual and real-world experiments in distributed governance’ co-authored with Peter Brinkmann (Google Inc), Lucas C. Parra (CCNY), Ofer Tchernichovski (Hunter College)
  4. Enrique Fatas, University of East Anglia, “(Weak) Democracies go to war” coauthored with Jordi Brandts (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Jordi.Brandts@uab.cat) Catherine Eckel (Texas A&M University, ceckel@tamu.edu) Enrique Fatas (University of East Anglia).
  5. Florian Foos, University of Zurich, “First Impressions – Lasting Impressions? Evidence from a Long-Term Persuasion Field Experiment in the 2015 UK General Election”
  6. Tim Johnson, Willamette University, “Trust and Risk in the Decision to Enter a Randomized Experiment”
  7. Melis Kartal, University of Vienna,  The Benefits (and Limits) of Transparency: Theory and Experimental Evidence” coauthored with James Tremewan (University of Vienna)
  8. Samara Klar, University of Arizona, “The Effect of Network Structure on Preference Formation”, coauthored by Yotam Shmargad, Assistant Professor, School of Information, (University of Arizona)
  9. Rueben Kline, Stony Brook University, “Distributional Equity in Climate Change Policy: Responsibility, Capacity, and Vulnerability” coauthored with Aseem Mahajan, (Harvard University); Dustin Tingley, (Harvard University)
  10. Denise Laroze, University of Essex, “The Impact of Group Identity on Coalition Formation’ coauthored by David Hugh-Jones, School of Economics, (University of East Anglia); Arndt Leininger (Hertie School Of Governance)
  11. Malte Lierl, Yale University, “Elections and Embezzlement”
  12. Gabriella Sacramone-Lutz, Columbia University, “Information Technology and Political Engagement: Mixed Evidence from Uganda” coauthored with Guy Grossman (University of Pennsylvania) & Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University)
  13. Alexandra Scacco, New York University, “Youth Vocational Training and Conflict Mitigation: An Experimental Test of Social Contact Theory in Nigeria” coauthored with Shana Warren (New York University)
  14. Victoria Shineman, University of Pittsburgh, “Costly Voting Deters Participation among Moderates, and Generates a Voting Population Dominated by Extremists’
  15. Matthias Weber, Bank of Lithuania & Vilnius University, “Choosing the Rules: Preferences over Voting Systems for Assemblies of Representatives”
  16. Julie Wronski, University of Mississippi, “Helping the Homeless: Empathy, Race and Perceptions of Homelessness in America” coauthored with Kimberly Gross (George Washington University)

We will also have our Poster Presentation again this year.  Here are the following people who will be presenting their posters:

Mia Costa, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “How Responsive are Political Elites? A Meta-Analysis of Experiments on Public Officials”

Sonke Ehret, New York University, “On Whiners and Winners. Reference Dependence in Redistribution Decisions”

Mitchell Goist, Penn State University, “Traditional Institutions and Cooperation: Evidence from Buganda” co-authored with Florian Kern (University of Konstanz)

Xiaoli Guo, Florida State University, “Strategy or Bias: Endowment Effect in Crisis Bargaining”

Dean Knox, MIT, “Words Don’t Fit The Picture: Measuring the Effects of Emotional Displays in Campaign Speeches” co-authored with Christopher Lucas (Harvard), Justin de Benedictis-Kessner (MIT)

Daniel Mahler, Harvard University & University of Copenhagen, “The Impact of Altruistic Voting on Election Outcomes: Evidence from Denmark and the US”

Ata Muhammad, University of Paris-1, “Determinants of success and failure for Public Private Partnership Projects: An empirical analysis of PPI database from 1990-2010”

Kal Munis, University of Virginia, “Can Grammar Really Win Elections? Reexamining Grammatical Effects Upon Political Evaluation.”

Lina Maria Restrepo-Plaza, University of East Anglia, “The Intrinsic Value of Power” Co-authored with Enrique Fatas (University of East Anglia)

Melissa Sands, Harvard University, “Does exposure to poverty change preferences for redistribution?”

Jose Santiago Arroyo Mina,Universidad Santiago de Cali (Colombia), “Economic behavior of fishers under climate-related uncertainty: results from field experiments in Mexico and Colombia” co-authored with Nikolaos Georgantzís (University of Reading), Daniel Revollo and Alonso Aguilar (UNAM – Mexico)

Jerome Schafer, Yale, “Delayed Gratification and Voter Turnout”

Lior Sheffer, University of Toronto, “Political Decision Making Under Uncertainty: Politicians’ Risk Preferences are Affected by Choice Frames and Implied Accountability” co-authored with Professor Peter J. Loewen (University of Toronto)

Koba Turmanidze, Central European University Budapest & CRRC Giorgia, , “Promise a little or lie: What policy proposals maximize votes?”

Organized by Chris Dawes, Eric Dickson and Rebecca Morton. For more information, contact caroline.madden@nyu.edu


Sponsored in part by Wilf Family Department of Politics