Fourth Annual Great Lakes Political Economy Theory Conference


The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will be hosting the fourth Great Lakes Political Economy Theory Conference (GLPET) on Saturday, April 1st, 2023. This event will take place from 8:30 am through 5:30 pm at 134 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall.


We hope to build on the success of previous GLPET conferences, held at the University of Chicago (Peter Buisseret) in 2019, Michigan State U. (Jon Eguia) in 2018 and at University of Western Ontario (David Raiha and Al Slivinski) in 2017. 


Our format will be very similar to that of previous years: a one-day event, with 5 to 8 short presentations, and discussion over coffee breaks, lunch and dinner.  As in previous years, we will aim for a small imbalance that favors junior faculty. We also welcome submissions from promising graduate students.


We will cover coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner, but travel and lodging costs will be up to participants. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Illini Union Hotel, on the UIUC campus. Please contact the Illini Union at (217) 333-1241 to reserve your room.



Preliminary Program: Great Lakes Political Economic Theory Conference, April 1st , 2023

Presentations are 35 minutes, followed by 10 minute discussion, and 5 minute questions.


8:30-9:00: Breakfast


9:00-9:50: Voter Polarization and Extremism, Jon Eguia, Michigan State University (joint with

Tai-Wei Hu)


Discussant: Georgy Egorov (Northwestern)


9:50-10:40: Elections with Job-Motivated Bureaucrats, Jean Guillaume Forand, University of



Discussant: Odilon Camara (USC)


10:40-11:10: Coffee Break


11:10-12:00: Competitive Fair Redistricting, Mattias Polborn, Vanderbilt University (joint with

Felix Bierbrauer)


Discussant: Peter Buisseret (Harvard)


12:00-1:30 Lunch (provided)


1:30-2:20: Altruistic Motives and the Timing of Protests, German Gieczewski, Princeton

University (joint with Korhan Kocak)


Discussant: William Howell (Chicago)


2:20-3:10: The Dictator’s Dilemma: A Theory of Propaganda and Repression, Konstantin Sonin,

University of Chicago (joint with Arda Gitmez)


Discussant: Maria Titova (Vanderbilt)


3:10-3:30: Coffee Break


3:30-4:20: Measuring the Tolerance of the State: Theory and Application to Protest, Mehdi

Shadmehr, University of North Carolina (joint with Veli Andirin, Yusuf Neggers, Jesse Shapiro)


Discussant: Jorge Lemus (UIUC)


4:20-4:40: Coffee Break


4:40-5:30: Authoritarian Social Control, Roger Lagunoff, Georgetown University

Discussant: Peter Bils (Vanderbilt)