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AALIMS – Stanford Conference on Political Economy of Islam and Muslim Societies

Date: April 15-16, 2016

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Location: Stanford University


2:00-3:30 Economic Modernization

Chair: Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University)

Mohamed Saleh (Toulouse School of Economics), “The Cotton Boom and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Rural Egypt”

Cihan Artunç (University of Arizona), “Firm Organization and Partnership Mortality in Egypt between 1910 and 1949”

3:30-4:00 BREAK

4:00-6:15 Public Opinion

Chair: Amaney Jamal (Princeton University)

Lauren Prather (University of California, San Diego) and Sarah Bush (Temple University), “Foreign Economic Partners and the Determinants of Mass Attitudes towards Open Economic Engagement in Tunisia”

Daniel Corstange (Columbia University), “Sectarian Framing in the Syrian Civil War”




8:30-10:00 Religious Authority

Chair: Tahir Andrabi

Richard Nielsen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “The Circumscribed Authority of Female Preachers in the Salafi Movement”

Thomas Pepinsky (Cornell University), “Meauring Piety in Indonesia”

10:00-10:30 BREAK

10:30-12:00 Long Term Economic Development

Chair: Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Eric Chaney (Harvard University), “Measuring the Intellectual Divergence of Western Europe and the Islamic World: 800-1800”

Murat Iyigun (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Jared Rubin (Chapman University), “On the Foundations of Ideological and Institutional Evolution” (Slides here)

12:00-2:00 BREAK

2:00-3:30 Connections and Public Goods

Chair: Asim Khwaja (Harvard University)

Erik Meyersson (Stockholm School of Economics) and Esra Gurakar (Okan University), “State Discretion, Political Connections and Public Procurement: Evidence from Turkey”

Fotini Christia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Dean Knox (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Jaffar Al-Rikabi (Harvard University), “Networks of Sectarianism: Experimental Evidence on Access to Services in Baghdad”

3:30-4:00 BREAK

4:00-6:15 Identity, Attitudes and Behaviors

Chair: Kevan Harris (University of California, Los Angeles)

Saumitra Jha (Stanford University) and Moses Shayo (Hebrew University), “Valuing Peace: The Effects of Financial Market Exposure on Votes and Political Attitudes”

Sarah Mansour (Cairo University), Mazen Hassan (Cairo University) and Rebecca Morton (New York University), “Political Polarisation and Support for Reform: Experimental Evidence from Egypt”

Alessandra Gonzalez (University of Chicago), “Complicating Returns to Investment in Education: Female Education and Labor Force Participation in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries”