SFB Seminar Series 2016

Details about the seminars can be found in our archive here.

Overview of Seminars in 2016:

January 25: Cesi Cruz, University of British Columbia
February 8: Louis Raes, Tilburg University
February 22: Thomas König, Nick Lin and Galina Zudenkova, SFB 884 - C1
February 24: Jonas Fooken, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, JRC of the European Commission
February 29: Luis Corchón, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
March 2: Simon Jackman, Stanford University
March 7: Julia Gray, London School of Economics and Political Science
April 4: Erik O. Sorensen - NHH Norwegian School of Economics
April 18: Sebastian Fehrler - University of Konstanz
May 2: Benoit Crutzen - Erasmus University Rotterdam
May 9: Martin Huber - University Fribourg (CH)
May 23: Andreas Steinmayr - University of Munich
July 6: Jeff Gill - Washington University, St. Louis
September 26: Alexandra Cirone - London School of Economics and Political Science
October 10: Neha Bairoliya - Harvard University
October 24: Heather Royer - University of California, Santa Barbara
November 7: Giovanni Mellace - University of Southern Denmark


1st Frankfurt-Heidelberg-Mannheim Development Economics Workshop


ALUM Workshop: Bringing Together Research & Practice

2-4 November 2016, University of Mannheim

The Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) brings together academics from renowned international universities to work together to promote research on issues of migration, and facilitate contacts between academics and policymakers working on migration. The network aims to connect academics in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and provide relevant knowledge and insights to political and civil society actors with regard to the following themes:

1) Understanding push and pull factors of migration flows
2) Assessing the impact of emigration on origin countries
3) Evaluating immigrant integration policies in host countries
4) Assessing national and transnational challenges and coping strategies for migration and pathways towards a fairer allocation mechanism for refugees.

Building on the success of ALUM’s research conference in Siracusa in April 2016, the Mannheim workshop strives to offer a format appealing to both migration researchers and practitioners. It draws on recent research insights and seeks to build bridges between academia and migration experts from the public sector and civil society organisations. The workshop will also explore possibilities for extending the ALUM network and initiating joint projects.

The full program, including information on the conference venue, is available here.


Joint SFB-ZEW Lunch Debate: "The Post-Brexit EU: A French-German View"

Date & venue: September 28, 2016 in Brussels (Belgium)

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union has reopened the debate on the future of the EU. This Lunch Debate asks what the future of the Union could look like; a future which is at the same time realistic and consistent with a French-German perspective. A unique survey conducted among the members of the Assemblée Nationale and the Deutsche Bundestag, whose results will be launched on that day, provides the empirical basis for the debate.

During this joint SFB-ZEW lunch debate, Friedrich Heinemann and our associate Pierre Boyer will present survey results collected from the German Bundestag as well as the French Assemblée Nationale within the scope of the SFB 884 project C5.

For more information on the program and the other speakers, please have a look here.

If you are interested to participate in the event, please contact lunchdebates@zew.de


Workshop: Impact Evaluation Workshop on Health Care Financing In Egypt

Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich, University of Mannheim

Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Maait, Vice Minister Of Finance for Public Treasury & Head of the Economic Justice Unit, Ministry of Finance, BCom, MPhil, MSc, PhD, FSS

Dr. Alaa El-Din Abd-El-Moneam Ghannam, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights


Thursday, July 28, 2016

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Welcome to the Chair of Econometrics

Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich

Prof. Dr. Thomas König, Chair of International Relations, Director of the Research Center "Political Economy of Reforms" of the University of Mannheim

10:00 am – 10:20 am

Germany’s Health and Health Financing System

Prof. Dr. Claus Wendt

A historical perspective, Universal Health Coverage,  Public vs. Private Health Financing

10:20 am – 10:50 am

Egypt’s Health and Health Financing System: Status Quo

Dr. Mohamed Maait and Dr. Alaa Ghannam

Sources of Health Financing, Coverage of Public Health Financing, Private Health Insurance Market, Health Service Providers, Client Value 

10:50 am – 11:00 am  

Coffee Break and Refreshments

11:00 am – 11:25 am

The planned Health Care Reform in Egypt

Dr. Mohamed Maait and Dr. Alaa Ghannam

How is the reform going to change the status quo?

11:25 am – 11:50 am

The Scope of Impact Evaluation

Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich

What are benefits of impact evaluations? How to do impact evaluations? What questions can be answered through impact evaluations?


12:00 am – 12:30 am

Welcome to the University of Mannheim

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, President of the University of Mannheim

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

An Impact Evaluation Example from the Health Sector in Pakistan I:

A Randomized Evaluation of Micro-Insurance in Punjab

Prof. Dr. Markus Frölich

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Plan for Implementation of the Health Care Reform: 2016, 2017 and beyond

Dr. Mohamed Maait and Dr. Alaa Ghannam

Where will the reform be implemented at which points of time? What are specific activities planned during implementation?

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Discussion of Ideas



Friday, July 29, 2016

The schedule for Friday, July 29, 2016, might be adapted based on the discussions on Thursday.


9:30 am – 10:30 am

An Impact Evaluation Example from the Health Sector in Pakistan II:

A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Public Health Insurance for the Poor

Dr. Andreas Landmann

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Coffee Break and Refreshments

10:45 am – 12:45 pm

Further Avenues of Cooperation – A Discussion of Ideas

12:45 am – 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Greeting of Mayor or

Excursion to Heidelberg, Schwetzingen




Workshop: Making Democracy Work - Democratic Governance in Less Industrialized Nations


The University of Mannheim hosts international scholars who are contributing to new research on the topic of democratic governance and the quality of democracy in less industrialized nations. The workshop will explore conceptually complicated problems associated with democracy and address new approaches in political methodology and original data collection that are employed to evaluate theoretical implications on a variety of topics: pacted-transitions, political crises, incorporation of historically underrepresented groups, bureaucratic delegation, and democratic reform.


June 20th, Mannheim Castle – Room O126 (“Dozentenzimmer”)

Moderator: Nikolay Marinov, University of Mannheim

09:00 – 09:15

Opening Comments

Jason Eichorst,

University of Mannheim & SFB 884

9:15 – 10:15

Templates about Leadership, Gender Stereotypes

and Context: Experimental Evidence about
when their Sex is a Barrier to Women in Politics

Michelle Taylor-Robinson,

Texas A&M University

10:20 – 11:20

Channeling the Pachamama:

Unique Indigenous representation

in Legislative Speech Patterns

Jason Eichorst,

University of Mannheim & SFB 884

11:20 – 11:35

Coffee Break

11:35 – 12:35

Ring-around-the-red-tape: Ideology, Agency Capacity,

and the Logic of Bureaucratic Circumvention

John Polga-Hecimovich,

U.S. Naval Academy

12:35 – 13:40

Lunch Break

13:40 – 14:40

The Benefits and Cost of Concessions: Explaining the Lack of Escalating Violence in the Chilean Democratic Transition

Sabine Carey & Belén González,

University of Mannheim

14:45 – 15:45

Political Crises in Latin America: Succession Rules as a Source for Instability?

Leiv Marsteintredet,

University of Oslo


15:45 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

How Presidents Follow the Call of International Capital 

Christian Arnold,

University of Mannheim



Concluding Chatter


For more information about the panelists, please have a look here.

With regard to content, please contact Jason Eichorst.
On organizational matters, please contact Marina Jesse or Margarita Maklakova.


2nd EPEC Workshop in Political Economy

June 6-10, 2016 - Porto Conte Research Center (Alghero, Italy)

For more information on the European Political Economy Consortium (EPEC) and the workshop, please have a look here.

Presentations will be exclusively in mornings, leaving therefore plenty of time for research interactions in the afternoons.

June 6th
9.00 – 9.45 G. Leon* , T. Aidt, M. Satchell, “The Social Dynamics of Protest: Evidence from the
Captain Swing Riots, 1830‐31”
9.45 – 10.30 P. Pinotti*, A. Alesina, S. Piccolo, “Organized crime, violence, and politics”
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.45 A. Prummer, “Spatial Advertisement in Political Campaigns”
11.45–12.30 C. Hafer, D. Landa, P. Le Bihan*, “Who owns the story? Media competition and
electoral accountability”
12.45 Lunch

June 7th
9.00 – 9.45 D. Hangartner*, J. Hainmueller, D. Lawrence, “When Lives Are Put on Hold: Lengthy Asylum, Processes Decrease Employment Among Refugees”
9.45 – 10.30 A. M. Mayda, G. Peri*, W. Steingress, “Immigration to the U.S.: A problem for the
Republicans or the Democrats?”
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.45 C. Biavaschi, G.Facchini*, “Immigrant franchise and immigration policy:
Evidence from the Progressive Era”
11.45 – 12.30 M. Pytliková*, A. Adserà, C. Boix, M. Guzi, “Unstable Political Regime and Wars as
Drivers of International Migration”
12.45 Lunch
14.30‐ 15.15 C. Gathmann, “Access to Citizenship and the Social Integration of immigrants”

June 8th
9.00 – 9.45 A. Casarico*, G.Facchini, T. Frattini, “What drives the legalization of immigrants?
Evidence from IRCA”
9.45 – 10.30 V. Dotti, “The Political Economy of Immigrationand Population Ageing”
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.30 JS. Gorlach*, N. Motz, “Refuge and Refugee Migration”
11.30 – 12.00 S. Sardoschau “Diversity, Social Capital, and Political Preferences. Evidence from
a Natural Experiment for Decentralized Refugee Housing in Germany”
12.00‐ 12.30 E. Dinas, D.Hangartner, K. Matakos*, D. Xefteris, “Waking Up to a Golden Dawn:
How Exposure to the Refugee Crisis Shapes Political Behavior”
12.45 Lunch
14.30‐ 15.15 V.Bove, “International migration and the security environment”

June 9th
9.00 – 9.45 C. Cavaillé*, M. Donnelly, J. Ferwerda, “Immigration, and Resource Competition :
From “Job Stealers” to “Welfare Scroungers”
9.45 – 10.30 S. Wolton, “Lobbying: Inside and Out. How Special Interest Groups Influence
Policy Choices”
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.45 D. Duell*, D. Landa* “Determinants of Discrimination in Strategic Settings"
11.45 – 12.30 J.F. Laslier, K. Van der Straeten*, “Strategic Voting in Multi‐Winner Elections
with Approval Balloting: A Theory for Large Electorates”
12.45 Lunch

June 10th
9.00 – 9.45 N. Hughes, “Information Aggregation in Multi‐District Elections”
9.45 – 10.30 N. R. Baerg*,C. Krainin, “Committees and Distortionary Vagueness”
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.45 J. Gray, “Patronage Explanations for the Survival of Inefficient International
11.45 – 12.30 R. Traunmüller*, M. Helbling, “Muslim Integration, Policy Decision and Citizen
12.45 Lunch

Organizer: Massimo Morelli
Point of reference: Paola Calogero (paola.calogero@unibocconi.it)


Workshop: New Empirical Developments Health and Labor Markets

Date & Place:
May 27 and 28, 2016 at the University of Leuven, Belgium


In recent years, researchers made enormous progress in health and labor economics by conducting field experiments and by combining different methods such as surveys, lab experiments, economic theory, and the estimation of structural models. This workshop intends to bring together researchers from health and labor economics who develop new ways to gather and analyze data.

Keynote speakers: Nava Ashraf (Harvard Business School) and Amitabh Chandra (Harvard Kennedy School).

The workshop is jointly organized by the University of Leuven and the SFB 884 ”Political Economy of Reforms” at the University of Mannheim. Organizers are Iris Kesternich (University of Leuven), Heiner Schumacher (University of Leuven), and Bettina Siflinger (University of Mannheim).



Workshop: Multiparty Governance and Policymaking in Parliamentary Democracies

Date & Place:
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Castle - O126 ("Dozentenzimmer")


Policymaking in parliamentary democracies, particularly in the ones that come with coalition governments, has raised a significant scholarly attention over the past years. Recent research in this literature has substantially improved our understanding of themes such as coalition behavior between the government’s birth and death and the connection between coalition behavior and voter behavior. However, unanswered questions still remain. For instance, what is the role of the prime-minister in the policymaking process? How do minority governments govern? Is the ruling pattern in minority coalitions similar to that in majority coalitions? How does intra-party politics influence multiparty governance? The major goal of this workshop is to bring together new theoretical and empirical perspectives on studies of policymaking in parliamentary democracies, and to provide new directions for future research in this area.

Keynote speaker: Georg Vanberg (Duke University)


09:45 ~ 10:00


Thomas König (University of Mannheim)

10:00 ~ 11:00

Coalition Bargaining

in Front of An Audience

Georg Vanberg (Duke University)

11:00  ~ 11:30

Coffee Break


11:30 ~


Committee Chairs and Opposition Party Influence in Parliamentary Democracies

Thomas König (University of Mannheim),

Nick Lin (University of Mannheim) and

Katsunori Seki (University of Mannheim)

12:30 ~ 13:30

Lunch Break


13:30 ~


Coalition Governance and Reform Productivity across Western European Countries

Mariyana Angelova (University of Vienna),

Hanna Bäck (Lund University),

Wolfgang Müller (University of Vienna) and

Daniel Strobl (University of Vienna)

14:30 ~ 15:30

Coalition Governance, Strategic Implementation and Compliance with International Law

Thomas König (University of Mannheim),

Bernd Luig (University of Mannheim) and

Milena Wittwer (European University Institute)

15:30 ~ 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 ~ 17:00

Intra-Party Democracy and

Coalition Survival

Roni Lehrer (University of Mannheim)




With regard to content, please contact Nick Lin.
On organizational matters, please contact Marina Jesse or Margarita Maklakova.


Joint Econ Department - SFB Talk: Costly Verification in Collective Decisions

Andreas Kleiner  - University of Bonn is giving a talk on Costly Verification in Collective Decisions.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:00 p.m.
L7, 3-5 PS044

Abstract: We study how a principal should optimally choose between implementing a new policy and keeping status quo when the information relevant for the decision is privately held by agents. Agents are strategic in revealing their information, but the principal can verify an agent's information at a given cost. We exclude monetary transfers. When is it worthwhile for the principal to incur the cost and learn an agent's information? We characterize the mechanism that maximizes the expected utility of the principal. This mechanism can be implemented as a weighted majority voting rule, where agents are given additional weight if they provide evidence about their information. The evidence is verified whenever it is decisive for the principal's decision. Additionally, we find a general equivalence between Bayesian and ex-post incentive compatible mechanisms in this setting.


Joint Econ Department - SFB Talk: The Political Economy of Immigration and Population Ageing

Valerio Dotti - University College London is giving a talk on The Political Economy of Immigration and Population Ageing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 4:00 p.m.
L7, 3-5 PS044

Abstract: I propose a new theoretical framework to investigate the effects of population ageing on immigration policies. Voters' attitude towards immigrants depends on how the net gains from immigration are divided up in the society by the fiscal policy. In the theoretical literature this aspect is treated as exogenous to the political process because of technical constraints. This generates inconsistent predictions about the policy outcome. I propose a new equilibrium concept for voting models to analyse the endogenous relationship between immigration and fiscal policies and solve this apparent inconsistency. I show that the elderly and the poor have a common interest in limiting immigration and in increasing public spending. This exacerbates the effects of population ageing on public finances and results in a high tax burden on working age individuals and further worsens the age profile of the population. Moreover, I show that if the share of elderly population is sufficiently large, then a society is unambiguously harmed by the tightening in the immigration policy caused by the demographic change. The implications of the model are consistent with the patterns observed in UK attitudinal data and in line with the findings of the empirical literature about migration.