LIEPP Methodological Seminar

Session 10: May 9th, 2019 (12:30 - 14:30)
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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 session:

Session 10: May 9th, 2019 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) - LIEPP meeting room

“Presidential Approval, Blame Attribution, and the Gilets Jaunes Movement”

by Timothy Hellwig (Indiana University)

This session is coorganised by LIEPP, CEE and CEVIPOF.

Register for this session


From its beginning last November, the gilets jaunes movement has evolved from a protest against fuel taxes to a call to arms against the French establishment.  Between these two targets of public disdain lies President Emmanuel Macron.  While there is broad agreement that that the movement reflects poorly on the president, we know less about whether Macron’s (in)actions in response to the crisis are to blame.  In this paper, I report results from a survey experiment designed to assess the effects of the policy response from the protesters’ identity on support for the French president.  Implications for the dynamics of presidential approval are discussed.


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).

Session 5: April 12, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm)
"How do inclusionary and exclusionary autocracies affect ordinary people?" by Anja Neundorf (University of Nottingham)
"The cost of Diversity: Tax Progressivity, Immigration, and Preferences for Spending" by Sergi Pardos-Prado  (University of Oxford).

Session 6: May 9, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:00 pm)
"Theorising the effect of transition on female labour force in the European semiperiphery: An interdisciplinary methodology" by Sonja Avlijas.

Session 7: October 12, 2018 (12:30 pm - 3:00 pm) 
"Survey Data and Multilevel Modeling — Advances on the First and Second Level" by Lucas Leemann

Session 8: November 14, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
"Estimating local basic standard of living. Impact on overall poverty and inequality measures" by Clément Carbonnier (University Cergy-Pontoise, THEMA and LIEPP)

Session 9: April 3rd, 2019 (2:45 pm - 4:45 pm)
“Qualitative Research in the Wake of DA-RT: A Memo on Muddling through Old and New Dilemmas” by Elliot Posner (Case Western Reserve University,IMÉRA Institut d’études avancées, Université Aix-Marseille)