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Overview

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 political economy. Our institute seeks to understand how economic incentives shape political institutions and behavior, and how political forces influence economic choices.

For our institute, political economy encompasses a spectrum of work from an applied or theoretical perspective, employing statistical or analytical methods, and with an economic or political focus.  

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. Our 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. This makes the University of Rochester a natural place to foster the emerging field of political economy.

Programs offered or sponsored by the institute include a(n):

In addition, the institute houses the Rochester Center for Economic Research, which sponsors a separate RCER working paper series.