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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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AALIMS-Pomona Conference on the Political Economy of the Muslim World

Date: April 21-22, 2017

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Presentations: View presenters and their papers

Location: Pomona College


Contact: Courtney Wilkins ( or Mustafa Gunaydin (

All sessions are free and open to the public.

2017 Annual Conference Organizing Committee

Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)

Jean-Paul Carvalho (University of California, Irvine)

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Jared Rubin (Chapman University)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    





Friday, April 21, 2017



2:15-2:30 Welcome, David Oxtoby, President Pomona College


2.30-4.45 Long-Term Development

Chair: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)

Avital Livny (University of Illinois) and Mark Westcott (Ludwig Maximilian University)

Persistent Effects of Inter-Religious Contact on Ethnic Tolerance: The Case of Ottoman Turkey

Elira Karaja (World Bank and Columbia University) and Jared Rubin (Chapman University)

The Cultural Transmission of Trust Norms: Evidence from a Lab in the Field on a Natural Experiment

Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University) and Christopher Paik (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Islam, Trade and City Growth before the 19th Century: Comparative Urbanization in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia 


4.45-5.00 Coffee Break


5.00-6.30 Religion and Political Competition

Chair: Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Sharan Grewal (Princeton University), Amaney A. Jamal (Princeton University), Tarek Masoud (Harvard University), and Elizabeth R. Nugent (Princeton University)

Does Strain Induce Islamism?

Ishac Diwan (Harvard University) and Jamal Ibrahim Haidar (Harvard University)

Do Political Connections Reduce Job Creation: Evidence from Lebanon


Saturday April 22, 2017


9.00 -11.15 Religious Identity and Organizations

Chair: Asim Khwaja (Harvard University)

Manisha Goel (Pomona College)

The Business of Religion and Caste in India

Cihan Artunç (University of Arizona) and Seven Ağır (Middle East Technical University)

The Wealth Tax of 1942 and the Disappearance of Non-Muslim Enterprises in Turkey

Jean-Paul Carvalho (UC Irvine) and Michael Sacks (West Virginia University)

Social Integration of Religious Communities: The Role of Discrimination, Competition and Religious Leaders


11.15-1.00 Lunch


1.00-3.15 Information Flows and Political Perceptions

Chair: Amaney Jamal (Princeton University)

Melina Platas (NYU Abu Dhabi)

The Christian-Muslim Education Gap in Africa

Mahmoud A. El-Gamal (Rice University)

Pro-Capitalist Trends in Muslim Views: A Change-in-Change Analysis

Gabriel Koehler-Derrick (Harvard), Richard Nielsen (MIT), and David Romney (Harvard)

The Lies of Others: Conspiracy Theories and Selective Censorship in State Media in the Middle East


3.15-3.45 Coffee Break


3.45-6.00 Local Public Goods and Development

Chair: Jean-Paul Carvalho (UC Irvine)

Ayşegül Aydın (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Cem Emrence (Leiden University)

Does Development Attract Insurgent Violence? Evidence from Turkish Villages in Southeastern Anatolia

Dana Burde (NYU), Joel Middleton (UC Berkeley), and Cyrus Samii (NYU)

The Effect of Social Service Provision on Perceptions of Government Legitimacy: Evidence from an Impact Evaluation of Community Based Schools in Afghanistan

Joshua Blumestock (UC Berkeley), Michael Callen (UC San Diego), and Tarek Ghani (Washington University)

Mobilizing Savings with Automatic Contributions: Experimental Evidence on Present Bias and Default Effects in Afghanistan




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