With generous support from the Hallsworth Conference Fund, University of Manchester
Friday March 24, 2023
Note: This conference is expected to take place offline only.
Big counterfactuals of macro-political history
James A. Robinson (University of Chicago) and Walter Scheidel (Stanford University)
Estimating policy counterfactuals: are the identification challenges insurmountable?, with the participation of Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester
Dan Bogart (UC Irvine)
Guillaume Blanc, Nicholas Gachet, Nuno Palma, and Meng Wu, University of Manchester.
We plan to accept papers that cover macro/political historical counterfactuals. This will be an interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together a mix of early-career researchers and senior scholars who specialized in the intersection between comparative development and historical political economy. One of the main challenges of these topics is to find or construct credible counterfactuals to compare and contrast how different events of macro-political history has affected certain economic, political and social outcomes.
The disentanglement of causal effects has brought together, probably more than ever, different fields within social science. In this conference, we will reflect on the different methodologies and understanding of causality, within the context of macro-political history, and considering the applied work of the different researchers.
The keynote speakers, Professor James Robinson (University of Chicago) and Professor Walter Scheidel (Stanford), are two major scholars in the field and will provide state-of-the-art addresses. Dan Bogart (UC-Irvine) will provide a closing address.
Costs and funding:
There will be no conference fee. We have secured funding which will cover catering costs and dinner, in addition to travel and accommodation costs (2 nights) for graduate students who do not have funds from their own institutions. We expect presenters to be a mix of junior and senior scholars. It is unlikely that we will be able to fund full travel and accommodation costs for all participants. Tenured faculty, in particular, will be expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs.
We suggest Hyatt Regency as the accommodation in-campus. For those looking for budget accommodation, we suggest Luther King House.
On the day after the conference, there will be an optional visit to Ancoats, followed by lunch at the Curry Mile.
February 6 – deadline to send us a paper proposal
February 13 – we will communicate the accepted proposals (and possibly a waiting list)
February 24 – program will be posted
For applications, please email a paper proposal to Guillaume Blanc (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nuno Palma (email@example.com). You can apply with only a title and abstract, but complete manuscripts have a higher chance to get accepted into the program. A poster session is likely to also take place.