PIC Lab Research Workshop


PIC-lab holds a weekly workshop where Lab members and external guests engage in conversation over ideas of shared interest. Both late-stage papers and early projects (pre-analysis plans or preliminary data analyses) are presented. On weeks where Lab members present progress reports on joint projects, small closed meetings are held among participating members or others in our community who have a special interest in the project. On other weeks, internal or external speakers are invited to participate in open meetings to share their research with our community so as to get feedback, spark new project ideas, and broader the Lab participants’ professional networks. Below is the list of open meetings. These take place in a hybrid format, and those who wish to participate over Zoom may email Matthew Simonson.

Spring 2022

February 2, 2022 Kristin Fabbe (Harvard). “Control and Fairness: Evidence from Local Politicians and Citizens on Refugee Resettlement in Greece.

February 9, 2022 Danny Choi (Pitt/Brown). “Do Voters Respond to Cross-Ethnic Campaigning in Divided Societies?”

February 16, 2022 Lukas Reinhart (Cologne). “Political Narratives and Global Identity.

February 23, 2022 Amanda Robinson (OSU). “Ethnic Visibility.

March 2, 2022 Sara Plana (Penn). “The Proxy Paradox: Explaining (Lack of) Control Over State-Sponsored Proxy Armed Groups.

March 16, 2022 Harris Mylonas (GWU). “Nationalist Education and Emigrant Assimilation.

March 30, 2022 Meg Guliford (Penn). TBD.

April 6, 2022 Salma Mousa (Yale). TBD.

April 13, 2022 Mike Findley (UT Austin). “Ethnic Identification and Deception: Experimental Evidence from Uganda, South Africa, and the U.S.

Fall 2021

October 6, 2021 Amber Hye-Yon Lee (Penn). “Effects of Same-Sex Schooling on Gender Norms: Evidence from Korea.

October 13, 2021 Dan Hopkins (Penn). “Personal Economic Shocks and Anti-Immigrant Backlash.”

October 20, 2021 Eugen Dimant (Penn). “Hate Trumps Love: The Impact of Political Polarization on Social Preferences.”

October 27, 2021 Anna Zhang (Penn).

November 3, 2021 Rob Blair (Brown). “Mano Dura: An Experimental Evaluation of Military Policing in Cali, Colombia.”

November 10, 2021 Matthew Simonson (Penn). “Building Public Support for Accepting Refugees.”

December 1, 2021 Yue Hou (Penn). “Does public diplomacy change foreign public opinion?”

Fall 2018/Spring 2019


September 6, 2018 William Nomikos (Yale). “How Do International Actors Contain Local-Level Violence? Evidence from UN Peacekeeping in Mali.”


September 27, 2018 Dorothy Kronick (Penn) and Juan Camillo Castillo (Stanford). “Prohibition vs Peace.”


October 11, 2018 Eugen Dimant (Penn). “Social Similarity and the Erosion of Social Norms.”


October 25, 2018 Jonathan Chu (Perry World House and Stanford University). “Race, Religion, and American Support for Humanitarian Intervention.”


November 1, 2018 Danny Choi (Penn), Mathias Poertner (UC Berkeley), and Nicholas Sambanis (Penn). “Parochialism, Social Norms, and Discrimination Against Immigrants.”


November 15, 2018 Yue Hou (Penn) and Rory Truex (Princeton). “Does Ethnicity Affect Judicial Outcomes? Evidence from Chinese Courts.”


December 6, 2018 Stephanie Schwartz (Perry World House and University of Southern California). “Fleeing, Again: Return Migration Conflict Dynamics in Burundi.”


December 17, 2018 Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl (University of Virginia). “Quagmire in Civil War.”


 January 30, 2019 Loukas Balafoutas (University of Innsbruck, Austria). “Rehabilitation and Social Behavior: Experiments in Prison.”  Seminar jointly sponsored by the Department of Criminology.


February 7, 2019 Anders Woller Nielsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Nicholas Sambanis (Penn). “Forcing Integration: Immigrant Ghettos and Coerced Cultural Assimilation in Denmark.”


February 14, 2019 Chris Blair and Guy Grossman (Penn). “Asylum Policy and (Forced) Migration Choice in the Developing World”


 March 14, 2019 Tim Krieger (University of Freiburg, Germany). “Polygyny, Inequality, and Conflict — Exploring the Mechanisms.” 


 March 28, 2019 Danny Choi (Penn), Mathias Poertner (Berkeley) and Nicholas Sambanis (Penn). “Measuring Feminist Opposition to Political Islam: Evidence from a Field Experiment”


 April 11, 2019 Jake Shapiro (Princeton University). “Nationalism and the Politics of Consumption.”


 April 18, 2019 Alex Weisiger (Penn). “Ending the Chinese Civil War: Balance of Power Politics and State Consolidation.”


 May 2, 2019  Anna Schultz (Penn). “Violence Exposure and Identity Formation: Evidence from Cyprus.”