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Third Annual Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Conference

Welcome to the third annual conference of the Political Institutions & Political Economy Collaborative

March 19-20, 2020

The Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Collaborative at the University of Southern California is a university-wide research endeavor jointly sponsored by the Price School’s Bedrosian Center and the Office of the Provost.

The PIPE Collaborative includes faculty and graduate students with common interests in various aspects of political institutions and political economy and is designed — through regular scholarly workshops and multiple symposia each year — to encourage research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.  This cross-disciplinary collaboration is crucial, as political institutions and political economy are regularly studied topics in political science, economics, and law; thus, there are synergies to be had by ensuring there are regular forums to bring together scholars from different research traditions who may not ordinarily talk to one another.

The Third Annual Political Institutions and Political Economy (PIPE) Conference will bring together major U.S. scholars from political science, economics, and public policy for two days to cover important new research on topics such as minority representation in local government, the relationship between incarceration and enfranchisement, democratic backsliding in the states, access to justice in unequal societies, and the link between the subprime mortgage crisis and the Tea Party movement. In establishing and maintaining this annual conference tradition, the PIPE Collaborative will provide a regular, national forum for the study of political institutions and political economy, and establish USC as an academic leader in the research area.



Please note this event is closed to the public.


A word about COVID-19:

  • The University wants everyone to know that we are not cancelling any programs or events on campus, but enhanced planning and hygiene measures are recommended.  Everything remains operational.  Contingency planning is highly recommended, but for now, all programs and domestic travels are proceeding. 
  • The University has a dedicatedwebsite for COVID-19 which is updated often.  
  • Please send me your cell phone numbers in case we need to urgently contact you.


Papers will be available only to symposium participants. (Please refer to the password sent to you via email.)

Invited Participants

Ali Cirone (Cornell)
Daniel Jones (U of Pittsburgh)
Adriane Fresh (Duke)
Jacob Grumbach (U of Washington)
Mayya Komisarchik (U of Rochester)
Zhao Li (Princeton)
Hannah Simpson (Texas A&M)
John Matsusaka (USC)
Ian Turner (Yale)

Travel & Logistics

(Please refer to the password sent to you via email.)


Out-of-town guests will be staying at the USC Hotel, located at 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Refer to the email from Anne Johnson for confirmation numbers, and you can contact the Hotel with any other questions 1-833-2-BOOK-USC.



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