The Toronto Political Behavioural Workshop

Together with Peter Loewen (University of Toronto), I founded and continue to organize the annual Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop. We have been running these workshops since 2013, bringing together social scientists working on political behaviour, political economy and related topics. The idea is to provide a forum for cutting edge work to be discussed in more detail than the normal conference format allows. We spend about an hour each paper and try to provide lots of opportunity to discuss and socialize outside of paper sessions and we host a reception and graduate student poster session. We will post information on the next workshop here once we've decided on dates for fall 2021, pandemic permitting.

7th TPBW - November 8-9, 2019

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto


Arturas Rozenas (New York University), Denis Stukal (New York University) and Georgiy Syunyaev (Columbia University). "Persuasion Through State-Controlled Media: Experimental Evidence from Russia"


Christopher Dawes (New York University) and Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson University). "For Club or Country: An Experiment Testing Group Identity Using Football Supporter Data"

Dietlind Stolle (McGill) and Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill). "How Strong is the Commitment to Democracy and When Does it Falter? A Conjoint Experiment on Democratic Backsliding in the US and Canada"


Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser University), Florian Foos (London School of Economics) and Vanessa Cheng-Matsuno (King's College London). "Nag Him, Nag Her: Is Voter Mobilization Within Households Gendered?"

Jonathan Nagler (New York University), Greg Eady (New York University), Jan Zilinsky (New York University) and Joshua Tucker (New York University). "Voter Information and Learning in the US 2016 Presidential Election: Evidence from a Panel Survey Combined with Direct Observation of Social Media Activity"

Joshua Kalla (Yale University) and David Broockman (Stanford University). "Reducing Exclusionary Attitudes Through Interpersonal Conversation"

Kyle Peyton (Yale University), Michael Sierra-Arévalo (Rutgers) and David Rand (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). "Community Policing and Police Legitimacy: A Field Experiment"

Leah Rosenzweig (Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse). "Social Voting in Semi-Authoritarian Systems"

Quinn Albaugh (Princeton University). "The Blue and the Orange: The Orange Order and Protestant-Conservative Connection, 1899-1917"

Scott Abramson (University of Rochester), Korhan Koçak (Princeton University) and Asya Magazinnik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). "What Do We Learn About Voter Preferences From Conjoint Experiments?"

Valérie-Anne Mahéo (Université de Montréal). "How a Get-Out-The-Children-Vote Campaign Impacts Political Socialization and Electoral Participation of Family Members: Evidence from a Large Scale Randomized Field Experiment"

Yaoyao Dai (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Alexander Kustov (Princeton University). "When Do (and Don’t) Politicians Use Populist Rhetoric? Populism as a Mobilization Gamble"

6th TPBW - September 21-22, 2018

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto


Alexandra Cirone (Cornell University), "Political Dynasties in the European Union"

André Blais (Université de Montréal), Damien Bol (King's College London), Maxime Coulombe (Université de Montréal) and Jean François Laslier (Paris School of Economics), "What is People’s Favorite Electoral Rule Behind the Veil of Ignorance? A Laboratory Experiment"

Andrew Guess (Princeton University), Brendan Nyhan (University of Michigan) and Jason Reifler (University of Exeter), "Who Wants to Read a Fact Check? Selective Exposure to Corrective Information During the 2016 U.S. Election Campaign"

Cesi Cruz (University of British Columbia), Philip Keefer (Inter-American Development Bank), Julien Labonne (University of Oxford) and Francesco Trebbi (University of British Columbia), "Making Policies Matter: Voter Responses to Campaign Promises"

Daniel Smith (Harvard University), Shiro Kuriwaki (Harvard University) and Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth College), "Are Voters' Decisions Consistent With Their Policy Preferences? A Conjoint Design-Based Approach"


Dominik Hangartner (ETH Zurich and London School of Economics), Dalston Ward (EYH Zurich), Lukas Schmid (University of Lucerne) and Stefan Boes (University of Lucerne), "The Long-Term Effect of University Education on Political Participation"

Kevin Munger (Pennsylvania State University and Princeton University), Mario Luka (Sciences Po), Jonathan Nagler (New York University) and Joshua Tucker (New York University), "The Effect of Clickbait"

Lior Sheffer (University of Toronto), "The Day After: How Election Outcomes Affect Partisan-Motivated Generousity"

Pamela Ban (University of California, San Diego) Justin Grimmer (Stanford University), Jaclyn Kaslovsky (Harvard University) and Emily West (University of Pittsburgh), "Speaking Up, Speaking More? Gender Dynamics in Committee Hearings"


Patrick Egan (New York University), "Identity as Dependent Variable: How Americans Shift Their Identities to Better Align With Their Politics"

Ted Hsuan Yun Chen (Pennsylvania State University) and Chris Fariss (University of Michigan), "The Effect of Disaster-induced Displacement on Social Behaviour: The Case of Hurricane Harvey"

Victoria Shineman (University of Pittsburgh), "Restoring Rights, Restoring Trust: Evidence that Reversing Felon Disenfranchisement Penalties Increases Both Trust and Cooperation with Government"

5th TPBW - November 10-11, 2017

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto


Alexander Coppock, Yale University and Don Green, Columbia University, "Do Belief Systems Exhibit Dynamic Constraint?"

David Broockman, Stanford University and Evan J. Soltas, University of Oxford, "A Natural Experiment on Taste-Based Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in Elections"

Gemma Dipoppa, University of Pennsylvania and Gianmarco Daniele, University of Barcelona, "Mafia, Elections and Violence Against Politicians"

Jonathan Woon, University of Pittsburgh, "Political Lie Detection"

Konstantinos Matakos, King's College London, Dominik Hangartner, London School of Economics, Elias Dinas, University of Oxford, Moritz Marbach, University of Zurich and Dimitrios Xefteris, University of Cyprus, "The Impact of the Refugee Crisis on Attitudes, Policy Preferences, and Political Engagement of Natives"

Laura Stephenson, University of Western Ontario, Sona Golder, Penn State, Karine Van Der Straeten, Toulouse School of Economics and Kostanca Dhima, Texas A&M, "Affinity Voting Across Electoral Systems"

Noam Gidron, Princeton University and Ryan Enos, Harvard University, "Exclusion and Cooperation in Diverse Societies: Experimental Evidence from Israel"

Ruth Dassonneville Université de Montréal and Ian McAllister, Australian National University, "Gender, Political Knowledge and Descriptive Representation: The Impact of Long-Term Socialization"

Ricardo Pique, Ryerson University, Fernando Aragon, Simon Fraser University and Alexey Makarin, Northwestern University, "The Effect of Party Geographic Scope on Government Outcomes: Evidence from Peruvian Municipalities"

Ryan Moore, American University and Brian Hamel, UCLA, "Information Seeking and Voter Turnout: Evidence from Search Data"

Vincent Pons, Harvard Business School and Clémence Tricaud, Ecole Polytechnique Paris, "Expressive Voting and Its Cost: Evidence from Runoffs with Two or Three Candidates"


Volha Charnysh, Princeton University, "Diversity, Institutions, and Economic Development: Post-WWII Displacement in Poland"

4th TPBW - November 11-12, 2016

School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto


Aimee Bourassa, Brown University, "Sore Winners? Democratic Attitudes, Institutional Fragmentation, and Support for Executive Authority in Latin America"


Anjali Bohlken, Georgia Tech, "Targeting Ordinary Voters or Political Elites?: Why Pork is Distributed Along Partisan Lines"


Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin and Michael DeCrescenzo, University of Wisconsin, "Mobilization, Persuasion, and the Partisan Fallout of the Gender Gap in U.S. Voting"


Christopher Dawes, New York University and Woo Chang Kang, Yale University, "The Electoral Effect of Stop-and-Frisk"


Christian Grose, University of Southern California, Pamela Lopez, American University, Sara Sadhwani, University of Southern California and Antoine Yoshinaka, Buffalo, "Social Lobbying"


Costas Panagopoulos, Fordham University, Donald P Green, Columbia University, Jonathan Krasno, Binghamton University, Michael Schwam-Baird, Columbia University, Eric Moore, Binghamton University and Kyle Endres, Fordham University "Risky Business: Does Corporate Political Spending Affect Consumer Behavior?"


Daniel Smith, Harvard University, Yusaku Horiuchi, Dartmouth College and Teppei Yamamoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Identifying Voter Preferences for Politicians' Personal Attributes: A Conjoint Experiment in Japan"


Henning Finseraas, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Jeremy Ferwerda, Dartmouth College and Johannes Bergh, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, "Voting Rights and Immigrant Incorporation: Evidence from Norway"


Mark Pickup, Simon Fraser University, Erik Kimbrough, Simon Fraser University and Eline de Rooij, Simon Fraser University, "Experimental Evidence on the Role of Identity and Interest in Voting Behavior"


Mark Buntaine, University of California, Santa Barbara, Sara Bush, Temple University, Ryan Jablonski, London School of Economics, Daniel Nielsen, Brigham Young University and Paula Pickering, College of William & Mary, "Governance as an Information Problem: The Causal Effects of Budget Disclosures by SMS on Vote Choice in Uganda"


Michelle Dion, McMaster University and Jordi Díez, University of Guelph, "Social desirability bias and question framing effects: Evidence from a combined list and framing experiment on same-sex marriage support in Argentina"


Mikael Persson, University of Gothenburg, Karl-Oskar Lindgren, Uppsala University and Sven Oskarsson, Uppsala University, "Can Increased Education Help Reduce the Socio-Economic Voting Gap?"

3rd TPBW - November 6-7, 2015

Student Learning Centre, Ryerson University


Austin Hart, American University, "Do Voters in Emerging democracies Hold Candidates to a Higher Standard?" (Discussant: Marc André Bodet, Université Laval)


Cecila Mo, Vanderbilt University, "Aspirations and the Role of Social Protection: Evidence from Economic Shocks in Rural Pakistan" (Discussant: Michelle Dion, McMaster University)


David Fortunato, UC Merced and Randy Stevenson, Rice University, "Party Government and the Shape of American Political Knowledge" (Discussant: John McAndrews, University of British Columbia)


Dominik Duell, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, "Division and Alienation: The Dual Effect of Social Identity Appeals in Electoral Competition" (Discussant: André Blais, Université de Montréal)


Elizabeth Carlson, Penn State University, "The Relevance of Relative Provision: An Experiment in Uganda" (Discussant: Peter Loewen, University of Toronto)


Fabian Neuner, University of Michigan, Stuart Soroka, University of Michigan and Christopher Wlezien, University of Texas at Austin, "The Clues in the News: Unpacking Thermostatic Responsiveness to Policy" (Discussant: Christopher Cochrane, University of Toronto)


Guy Grossman, University of Pennsylvania, "Security or Symbolism: Territorial Conflict and Public Opinion" (Discussant: Jaime Settle, William and Mary)


Laura Stephenson and Cameron Anderson, Western University, "Personality and Heterogeneity in the Effects of Social Network Disagreement" (Discussant: Christopher Dawes, New York University)


Mona Morgan-Collins, London School of Economics, "Votes For and By Women: How Did Women Vote After the 19th Amendment?" (Discussant: Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Queen's University)


Nico Ravanilla, University of Michigan, "Nudging Good Politicians: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Philippines" (Discussant: Lior Sheffer, University of Toronto)


Pablo Barbera, New York University, "How Social Media Reduces Mass Political Polarization: Evidence from Germany, Spain, and the U.S." (Discussant: Ludovic Rheault, University of Toronto)


Spencer Piston, Syracuse University and Logan Struther, Syracuse University, "Divided by Skin Color: The Partisan Preferences of Latinos Vary by Skin Tone" (Discussant: Randy Besco, University of Toronto)


Tiberiu Dragu, New York University and Xiaochen Fan, New York University, "An Agenda-Setting Theory of Electoral Competition" (Discussant: Antoine Yoshinaka, SUNY Buffalo)


Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook University and Adam Seth Levine, Cornell University, "Why More Information Makes People Less Concerned About Inequality" (Discussant: Ryan Moore, American University)

2nd TPBW - November 7-8, 2014

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Andrew Owen (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia) and Paul Quirk (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia). "Climate Change, Political Appeals and Motivated Reasoning," discussant: J. Scott Matthews (Memorial University)

Arthur Spirling (Department of Government, Harvard University) and Erin Baggott (Department of Government, Harvard University), "Text-as-Data Methods in Political Science"

David E. Broockman (Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley) and Daniel M. Butler (Department of Political Science, Washington University in Saint Louis). "Testing Theories of Elite Influence On Public Opinion: Randomized Field Experiments With Elite Communication," discussant: Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia)

Eric Guntermann (Département de sciences politiques, Université de Montréal) and André Blais (Département de sciences politiques, Université de Montréal). "Does the Composition of Government Better Reflect the Party Preferences of Citizens Who are Better Off, More Educated and More Informed?," discussant: Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser University)

Gaurav Sood (Hoover Institution, Stanford University) and Shanto Iyengar (Department of Political Science, Stanford University). "All in the Eye of the Beholder: Partisan Affect and Ideological Accountability," discussant: Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Queen's University)

Miquel Pellicer (German Insitute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg University), Patrizio Piraino (School of Economics, University of Cape Town) and Eva Wegner (German Insitute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg University). "The Role of Information and Mobilization for Redistributive Preferences: A Survey Experiment in South Africa," discussant: Kanta Murali (University of Toronto)

Ryan T. Moore (Department of Political Science, American University) and Andrew Reeves (Department of Political Science, Washington University in Saint Louis). "Milieu: Defining Political Context with Geolocation Data," discussant: Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan)

Saad Gulzar (Department of Politics, New York University). "Ruling Parties, Patronage and Bureaucratic Performance in Democracies: Evidence from Punjab, Pakistan," discussant: Greg Distelhorst (University of Toronto)


Sean Gailmard (Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley) and John Patty (Department of Political Science and Center for New Institutional Social Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis). "Preventing Prevention," discussant: Hanil Chang (University of Toronto)

1st TPBW - November 9-10, 2013

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Dietlind Stolle (McGill) and Yale Hertzman (UofT), "The Limits of Moral Licensing"; Discussant Melanee Thomas (Calgary)

Guillem Riambau (Yale-NUS College), Simon Hix (LSE) and Rafael Hortala-Vallve (LSE), "The Effects of District Magnitude on Voting Behaviour"; Discussant André Blais (UdeM)

John McAndrews (UBC), "The Purpose of Legislative Deliberation in Parliamentary Systems"; Discussant Marc André Bodet (Laval)

Karen Long Jusko (Stanford), "Electoral Geography, Strategic Mobilization, and Implications for Voter Turnout"; Discussant Kanta Murali (UofT)

Richard Johnston (UBC), "The Canadian Party System: An Analytic History"; Discussants Pradeep Chhibber (Berkeley), Christopher Cochrane (UofT), Karen Long Jusko (Stanford) and Scott Matthews (MUN)

Ryan Moore (WUSTL), "Causal Inference With Synthetic Control"

Steven Weldon (SFU), "Intraparty Power and Political Positioning: A Theory of Dominant Factions"; Discussant Carolina de Miguel Moyer (UofT)


Stuart Soroka (McGill), Lilach Nir (Hebrew U) and Patrick Fournier (UdeM), "Negativity Biases in Reactions to Network News: A Cross-National, Psychophysiological Pilot Study"; Discussant Joseph Fletcher (UofT)

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