Organized by Stergios Skaperdas, University of California, Irvine
January 15 -17, 1999
FRIDAY, January 15, 1999
2:00 - 2:15: Introduction; opening remarks
2:15 - 3:05: Daron Acemoglu (MIT): "Why did the West Extend the Franchise? Democracy, Inequality and Growth in Historical Perspective" (co-authored with James Robinson)
Discussant: Michelle Garfinkel (UC Irvine)
3:20 - 4:10: Peter Rosendorff (University of Southern California and Georgetown University) "Choosing Democracy: The Transition in South Africa."
Discussant: Kai Konrad (Free University of Berlin)
4:10 - 5:00: Adam Przeworski (New York University): "Political Institutions and Economic
Discussant: Joseph Harrington (The Johns Hopkins University)
SATURDAY, January 16, 1999
8:30 - 9:20: R. Bin Wong (UC Irvine): "Tax Resistance and State Formations in China and Europe"
Discussant: Margaret Levi (University of Washington)
9:20 - 10:10: Lee Alston (University of Illinois) and Gary Libecap (University of
Arizona): "Property Rights to Land and Land Reform: Legal Inconsistencies and the
Sources of Violent Conflict in the Brazilian Amazon" (with Bernardo Mueller);
Discussant: Jean-Laurent Rosenthal (UCLA)
10:30 - 11:20: Herschel Grossman and Juan Mendoza (Brown University): "Scarcity, Abundance, and Appropriative Conflict."
Discussant: Scott Taylor (University of Wisconsin)
11:20 - 12:10: Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago): "The Tyranny of the Inefficient:
An Enquiry into the Adverse Consequences of Power Struggles" (with Raghuram Rajan)
Discussant: Karl Warneryd (Stockholm School of Economics)
2:10 - 3:00: Margaret Levi (University of Washington): "Death and Taxes: Extractive
Equality and the Development of Democratic Institutions"
Discussant: Ronald Wintrobe (University of Western Ontario)
3:00 - 3:50: Leonard Wantchekon (Yale University): "Electoral Competition under the
Threat of Political Unrest" (with Matthew Ellman)
Discussant: Peter Rosendorff (University of Southern California and Georgetown)
4:10 - 5:00: Ronald Wintrobe (University of Western Ontario): "Some Lessons on the
Efficiency of Democracy from a Study of Dictatorship."
Discussant: James Robinson (University of Southern California)
SUNDAY, January 17, 1999
8:30 - 9:20: Michael Wallerstein (Northwestern University): "Inequality and Redistribution"
Discussant: John DiNardo (UC Irvine)
9:20 - 10:10: Joan Esteban (Institute for Economic Analysis, Barcelona): "Conflict
and Distribution" (with Debraj Ray)
Discussant: Costas Syropoulos (Florida International University)
10:30 - 11:20: Karl Warneryd (Stockholm School of Economics): "Conflict Resolution
Under Asymmetric Information (with Helmut Bester)
Discussant: Joan Esteban (Insitute for Economics Analysis, Barelona)
11:20 -12:10: James Robinson (University of Southern California): "Are Endowments
Fate? On the Political Economy of Comparative Institutional Development" (with Jeff
Discussant: Gary Libecap (University of Arizona)
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy, the Department of Economics, and the School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine