LIEPP Methodological Seminar

May 9th 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 6: May 9, 2018 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) Registration

"Theorising the effect of transition on female labour force in the European semiperiphery: An interdisciplinary methodology" by Sonja Avlijas.

Abstract: This article presents an interdisciplinary methodological framework that I developed to theorise and empirically test the drivers of female labour force participation in post-socialist Eastern Europe. As I attempted to apply existing theories from consolidated capitalist economies onto the Eastern European cases, I faced the dilemma of either having to label the Eastern European cases as ‘deviant’, because they were not fitting into the pre-existing Western-centric theoretical categories, or having to build a more useful theoretical abstraction which would reflect the Eastern European post-socialist reality. Being interested in the on-the-ground socioeconomic development of Eastern Europe rather than validation of Western-centric theories in the East, I chose the latter option. My aim was to open the black box of transition and address this theoretical gap between Western theory and Eastern reality of gender and labour markets, while providing an answer to a specific research question. To achieve that, I embarked on a study of the history of explanations in the social sciences, an elaboration of a theory-oriented mode of explanation, and the development of a mixed methods empirical strategy which combined statistical analysis with qualitative case studies.


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 (12h30 - 14h00)

"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).