FALSET, OCTOBER 18-20, 2012






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Thursday October 18


10:00 Depart from Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera (Carrer Còrsega 368, Barcelona)


13:00-14:00 Lunch at Hotel Hostal Sport (Carrer Miquel Barceló 4, Falset)


14:00-17:15 Paper presentations at Hotel Hostal Sport


18:00-20:00 Conference Reception at Celler Devinssi.


20:30 Dinner at Restaurant Celler de l’Aspic


Friday October 19


9:30- 13:45 Paper presentations at Hotel Hostal Sport


14:00 Lunch at Hotel Hostal Sport


16:30-19:30 Conference reception at Vinyes Domenech


20:30 Dinner at Hotel Hostal Sport


Saturday October 20


9:30- 13:45 Paper presentations at Hotel Hostal Sport


14:00 Lunch at Hotel Hostal Sport


16:00-19:00 Conference reception at Cellers d'Scala Dei


19:00 Depart to Barcelona

Aparthotel Mariano Cubi (Carrer Mariano Cubí 62-64, Barcelona)


21:30 Dinner at Restaurant Coure




Thursday October 18


Session 1: Social protests and corruption


14:00 -15:00 Marco Giani (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Political Persuasion: Theory and Evidence


15:00 – 16:00 Vasileios Vlaseros (U of Edinburgh)

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks”: Heterogeneous Beliefs, Costly Political Action and Majority Decisions


16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break


16:15 – 17:15 Amrita Dhillon (U of Warwick)

Status, incentives and corruption


Friday October 19


Session 2: Electoral competition


9:30- 10:30 David López-Rodriguez (Banco de España)

Distributive Politics and Economic Ideology


10:30 – 11:30 Alessandra Bonfiglioli (IAE-CSIC)

The Political Cost of Reforms


11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break


Session 3: Electoral Systems


11:45 – 12:45 Orestis Troumpounis (U Carlos III)

Disproportionality of the electoral system and the incentives for policy convergence


12:45 – 13:45 Santiago Sánchez-Pagés (UB and U of Edinburgh)

(Don’t) Make My Vote Count


Saturday October 20


Session 4: Direct Democracy


9:30- 10:30 Patricia Funk (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

How do Electoral Systems Affect Ficsal Policy? Evidence from Cantonal Parliaments, 1890-2000


10:30 – 11:30 María del Pino Ramos-Sosa (Universidad de Málaga)

Downsian competition with participatory democracy


11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break


Session 5: Experiments


11:45 – 12:45 Karine Van Der Straeten (Toulouse School of E)

Sorting Out Mechanical and Psychological Effects in Candidate Elections: An Appraisal with Experimental Data


12:45 – 13:45 Micael Castanheira (ECARES-ULB) and Aniol Llorente-Saguer (Max Planck Institute)

Divided Majority and Information Aggregation in Small Elections: Theory and Experiments







Enriqueta Aragones, Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica, CSIC

Alexandra Bonfiglioli, Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica, CSIC

Micael Castanheira, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Maria Cubel, Universitat de Barcelona

Amrita Dhillon, University of Warwick

Patricia Funk, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Marco Giani, Université Libre de Bruxelles

David López, Banco de España

Aniol Llorente-Saguer, Max Planck Institute

Maria del Pino Ramos-Sosa, Universidad de Málaga

Santiago Sanchez-Pages, Universitat de Barcelona

Orestis Troumpounis, Universidad Carlos III

Karine van der Straeten, Université of Toulouse

Vasileios Vlaseros, University of Edinburgh