About

The United Programs for Political Economy Research network (UPPER)

promotes multi-disciplinary research in political economy through collaboration between centers in different academic institutions. Our goal is to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of ideas, and to help prepare the next generation of researchers in the field of political economy.

Political Economy is the field studying the reciprocal relationship between economics and politics. It mainly focuses on the behavior of non-market agents, such as politicians, voters, government agencies, judicial institutions, the media, and lobbyists, and their interactions with traditional market agents, such as firms and consumers. PE develops systematic frameworks for understanding such behaviors and interactions. These frameworks are then used to study the determinants of public policy both at the macroeconomic and microeconomic levels.

The UPPER network supports various initiatives: a policy brief series, a graduate research training program targeted at students from the global south, and various conferences and workshops.

UPPER is a joint initiative of the DC Political Economy Center (DCPEC) at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, the Research Program in Political Economy at Princeton University, and the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale.

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» Laurent Bouton, Co-Director

Laurent Bouton

Laurent Bouton is Professor of Economics at Georgetown University. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

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» Filipe Campante, Co-Director

Filipe Campante

Filipe Campante is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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» Matias Iaryczower, Co-Director

Matias Iaryczower

Matias Iaryczower is a Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and Director of the Research Program in Political Economy. He received his Ph.D in Economics from UCLA in 2005, and was Assistant Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology 2005-10.

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» Adam Meirowitz, Co-Director

Adam Meirowitz

Adam Meirowitz is the Damon Wells Professor of Political science at Yale University, a fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics and is on the research staff of the Cowles Foundation.

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Pre-doc Advisors

Laurent Bouton

Laurent Bouton

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Filipe Campante

Filipe Campante

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Shoumitro Chatterjee

Shoumitro Chatterjee

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Ritam Chaurey

Ritam Chaurey

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Thomas Fujiwara

Thomas Fujiwara

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Garance Genicot

Garance Genicot

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Saad Gulzar

Saad Gulzar

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Matias Iaryczower

Matias Iaryczower

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Anna Maria Mayda

Anna Maria Mayda

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Adam Meirowitz

Adam Meirowitz

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Juan Felipe Riano

Juan Felipe Riano

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Maria Micaela Sviatschi

Maria Micaela Sviatschi

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Authors of Policy Briefs

Matilde Bombardini

Matilde Bombardini

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Enrico Cantoni

Enrico Cantoni

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Vincent Pons

Vincent Pons

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Vestal McIntyre

Vestal McIntyre

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