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About the Institute

The W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy is a collaboration between the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of Rochester, with the goal of promoting research and teaching in the area of political economy, broadly defined. We include under the rubric of political economy a spectrum of work from an applied or theoretical perspective, employing statistical or analytical methods, and with an economic or political focus. Nevertheless, we see this heterogeneous field as united by a twofold concern: We seek to understand with how economic incentives shape political institutions and behavior, and we undertake to know how political forces influence economic choices.

The increasingly complex political and economic conditions we face call for a more complete understanding of the interactions between decision-making in these two realms. The Rochester Economics and Political Science Departments, both nationally recognized for excellence in scholarship and teaching, have a longstanding tradition of work at the intersection of the two disciplines, making the University of Rochester a natural place to foster the emerging field of political economy. The Wallis Institute spans traditional disciplinary boundaries by facilitating interaction and promoting natural linkages between the Economics and Political Science departments, placing the University of Rochester at the forefront among a growing list of academic institutions that support research and teaching in the field of political economy.

Programs sponsored by the Institute include an Annual Conference on Political Economy, a Political Economy Field available to Ph.D. students in economics or political science, and ongoing series of Mini Conferences, Visitors, and Political Economy Working Papers. In addition, the Institute houses the Rochester Center for Economic Research, which sponsors a separate RCER Working Paper series.

Requests for further information should be directed to the administrative assistant for the Institute:

Christine Massaro
W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy
107 Harkness Hall, Box 027-0158
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0158