LIEPP Methodological Seminar

April 12th 2018, 12:30 am - 2:30 pm
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 [language: English]

The Laboratory for interdisciplinary evaluation of public policies (LIEPP) proposes a new initiative: a series of brown bag seminars to discuss methodological issues in an interdisciplinary setting. We seek researchers and doctoral students happy to present and discuss a working paper presenting and discussing substantive methodological issues, i.e. technical problems, coding or measurement issues, link between theory and measurement, etc.

The main aim is to develop a more informed and conscious use of diverse methodological techniques that can foster and enrich our substantive debates around academic work and public policies.

The seminar will take the following format: 

  • A paper is circulated in advance among the members of the seminar group.
  • The discussion will be shortly introduced by the author (no more than 15 min.) and the seminar will take place at lunchtime for one and half hour.

If you are interested in presenting, please contact Emanuele Ferragina ( or Jan Rovny (

For more information, see the detailed presentation of the seminar.

Upcoming sessions:

Session 5: April 12, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) Registration

"How do inclusionary and exclusionary autocracies affect ordinary people?" by Anja Neundorf , Associate Professor in Politics and Research MethodsSchool of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham

Abstract: We propose a distinction between inclusionary and exclusionary autocratic strategies and develop novel theoretical propositions on the legacy that these strategies leave on citizens’ political attitudes. Using data of 1.5 million survey respondents from 83 countries and Hierarchical Age-Period-Cohort models we estimate between and within cohort differences in citizens’ democratic support. We find that inclusionary regimes – with wider redistribution of socio-economic and political benefits – leave a stronger anti-democratic legacy than exclusionary regimes on the political attitudes of citizens that were socialized under their ruling strategy. Similarly, citizens who were part of the winning group in an autocracy are more critical with democracy compared to citizens who were part of discriminated groups. This paper contributes to our understanding about how autocracies affect the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens.

"The cost of Diversity: Tax Progressivity, Immigration, and Preferences for Spending" by Sergi Pardos-Prado  (with Carla Xena), Associate Professor and Official Fellow in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford.

Abstract: Why are the poor not always in favor of strong welfare states designed to benefit them? And to which extent is the fear of immigration distracting them from their self-interest? We argue that previous research has ignored the distribution of fiscal burden across the socio-economic continuum, and that the progressivity of the fiscal system is a crucial moderator of the relationship between immigration and preferences. In less progressive systems where lower and higher income strata pay a relatively similar share of taxes, we expect the poor to be against social spending because they are already bearing a comparatively high fiscal burden that could worsen with immigrants accessing social services. Our findings reveal for the first time a remarkable variation of perceptions of fiscal burden among the poor rather than the rich, and show that self-interest and identity are reinforcing rather than contradictory.


Past sessions:

Session 1: November 15, 2017 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Dealignment Meets Cleavage Theory: Assessing Electoral Stability in Europe" by Jan Rovny. 

Session 2: December 13, 2017 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Between X and Y: how process tracing contributes to opening the black box of causality" by Bruno Palier. 

Session 3: February 14, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Qualitative analysis with quantitative methods : analyzing teachers' blogs" by Muriel Epstein & Nicolas Bourgeois, SAMM (Statistiques Analyses et Modélisations Mathématiques), Universite Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

Session 4: March 21, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm) 
"Field experiments for policy evaluation: an illustration from a parental reading intervention" by Carlo Barone (OSC/LIEPP).