Elections, Policymaking, and Economic Uncertainty: Moritz Schularick on “Going to Extremes”

Event details

  • | Tuesday, September 13
  • 11:15 AM
  • Hoover Institution Offices, 1399 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Moritz Schularick will present his recent paper “Going to Extremes: Politics after Financial Crisis, 1870-2014” (joint work with Manuel Funke and Christoph Trebesch) at the conference “Elections, Policymaking, and Economic Uncertainty,” jointly organized by the Becker Friedman Institute and the Hoover Institution.

About the conference

The democratic decision-making process is often messy and fraught with uncertainty about outcomes and consequences. The current U.S. presidential election cycle underscores this fact. Other stark examples include the extended political deadlock in Spain after its recent national elections and the recent referendum on whether Britain should exit the European Union. What are the political, economic, and social forces that give rise to episodes of heightened uncertainty about election outcomes and consequences? How do electoral arrangements and other institutions dampen or amplify the underlying sources of anxiety and uncertainty? What are the economic consequences of the uncertainties surrounding elections and other aspects of democratic decision-making? To explore these and related questions, the Becker Friedman Institute and the Hoover Institution organized this one-day conference, concluding with a panel of distinguished speakers.

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