SFB Seminar Series 2012:

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

Overview of Seminars in 2012:

January 30: Theocharis Grigoriadis, UC Berkeley
February 13: Alessandra Bonfiglioli, Institute for Economic Analysis CSIC
February 20: Yukio Koriyama, Ecole Polytechnique Department of Economics
February 27: Jae-Jae Spoon, University of Iowa SFB 884 Visiting Scholar
March 12: Professor Dr. Christian Keuschnigg, University of St. Gallen
March 19: Professor Day Manoli, Department of Economics – UCLA
March 26: Thomas Sattler, London School of Economics
April 16: Thomas Brändle, University of Basel
April 23: Panu Poutvaara, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
April 30: Brian Kelleher Richter, Ivey School of Business University of Western Ontario
May 7: William B. Heller, Binghamton University
May 8: Florian Scheuer, Stanford University
May 14: Detlef Fetchenhauer, Universität Köln
May 21: Thushyanthan Baskaran, University of Göttingen
May 29: Zachary Greene, University of Iowa
June 4: Pierre-Guillaume Meon, Université libre de Bruxelles
June 11: Markus Brückner, National University of Singapore
June 18: Norman Schofield, Washington University, St. Louis

September 10: Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zürich
September 17: Felix Bierbrauer, University of Cologne
September 24: Bernhard Kittel, Universität Wien
October 8: Matt Golder, Pennsylvania State University
October 15: Indridi Indridason, University of California, Riverside
October 22: Detlef Fetchenhauer, Universität Köln
November 5: Sona Golder, Penn State University/ SFB 884
November 12: Gebhard Kirchgässner, Universität St. Gallen
November 19: Laurent Simula, Upsalla University
November 26: Rene Lindstädt, Essex University


Conference: Evaluation of Political Reforms

The SFB 884 organizing a conference on "Evaluation of Political Reforms" from December 12. - 14. 2012  in EW 151 (Castle, Ehrenhof Westwing). Keynote speakers will be Richard Blundell (University College London) and David Card (UC Berkeley). All interested researchers are invited to attend the conference.

The conference program is available for download here.

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Workshop: Coalition Government

The SFB 884 organizing a workshop on Coalition Government research on October 25th at 9.00 am in the SFB 884 seminar room in L13, 17 (fifh floor). All interested researchers are invited to attend the workshop.

9:00 - 9:45
Marc Debus & Jochen Müller: "Familiarity or expected utility: What shapes the popularity of possible coalition governments? An analysis of voters’ coalition preferences at the German state level"

9:45 - 10:30
David Fortunato & Mariyana Angelova: "The Popularity Bonus in Coalition Agenda-Setting"

10:30 - 10:45
Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:30
Matt Golder & Sona Golder: "Modeling the Institutional Foundation of Parliamentary Government Formation"

11:30 - 12:15
Thomas König & Bernd Luig: "Ministerial power, coalition government and parliamentary oversight in the implementation process of EU directives"


Workshop: New Methodological Developments in Party Manifesto Research

The SFB 884 text analysis network is organizing a workshop on new methodological developments in party manifesto research on October 18th at 2.00 pm in the SFB 884 seminar room in L13, 17 (ground floor). All interested researchers are invited to attend the workshop.

14.00-14.40 James Lo, Sven-Oliver Proksch, and Jonathan B. Slapin: "Party Ideology and Intra-Party Cohesion: A Theory and Measure of Election Manifestos"

 14.40-15.20 Thomas König, Moritz Marbach, Moritz Osnabrügge: "Estimating Comparable Party Positions across Countries and Time - A Dynamic Latent Variable Model for Manifesto Data"

 15.20-16.00 Will Lowe: "Everything you always wanted to know about text scaling* (*But were afraid to ask)"

 16.00-16.10 Coffee Break

 16.10-17.00 Carsten Jentsch and Eun Ryung Lee: "A Penalized Approach for Estimating Party Positions with Time-Varying Word Weights from Text"

 17.00-17.40 Thomas Bräuninger, Marc Debus, and Fridolin Linder: "Dynamics of Political Attention: Using Topic Models for the Analysis of Party Agendas"

 17.40-18.20  Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Caecilia Zirn: "Multidimensional Analysis of
(Political) Documents"