MIT GOV/LAB 3rd Annual Political Behavior of Development Conference


November 9, 2018 8:00AM

The MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) is hosting the third annual Political Behavior of Development Conference (#PBD18) in Cambridge, MA on Friday, November 9, 2018. A call for abstracts closed July 10th (


The conference seeks to convene scholars who are developing new theories and gathering evidence on the myriad ways in which citizens, government actors, and informal elites behave in developing countries. We are particularly interested in understanding how citizens, bureaucrats and elected officials form attitudes, opinions and beliefs that influence overt behaviors, such as social movements, protest, and voting. By fostering a conversation among scholars working on a range of behaviors in diverse contexts, we hope to concretize and discuss what constitutes (and how we should understand) political behavior in developing countries. For reference, past conference agendas are available online for last year's PBD17 and the inaugural PBD16.


This year’s conference will include a morning panel with paper presentations, an afternoon workshop session, where participants read papers in advance for an in-depth discussion, and a dynamic keynote discussion with academics and practitioners. We will also have a poster session the evening before (Nov 8th, 5-8 pm) for graduate students.

Conference organizers: Danny Hidalgo, Lily Tsai, and Nina McMurry, Tesalia Rizzo, Leah Rosenzweig, Blair Read, Guillermo Toral, Minh Trinh, Lukas Wolters