The 4th Annual Conference

 The Political Economy of International Organizations

January 27 – 29, 2011


The PEIO conference brings together economists, political scientists and other scholars to address political-economy issues related to any international organization, including the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, and also other international organizations that have yet received less attention in the academic literature. Questions we seek to address include how IOs are organized and governed, what are the incentives of governments dealing with IOs as well as the incentives of the bureaucrats who staff them, and what are the effects of IOs on policy outcomes. We also consider the interaction of IOs with transnational actors such as commercial lobbies and NGOs. Finally, we have a particular interest in the interaction of the international political economy with the domestic political economy of IO members.


The conference gratefully acknowledges funding from the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (Princeton University), the Centre for Comparative and International Studies (ETH Zurich and University of Zurich), the KOF Swiss Economic Institute (ETH Zurich), and the Foundation of the University of Zurich.


Distinguished Guest Speakers and Panelists for 2011:

Stephen Knack, Lead Economist, The World Bank

Bertin Martens, Deputy Chief Economist, DG Trade – European Commission

Marcelo Olarreaga, University of Geneva


Conference Venue:

ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, Switzerland

How to get there: google


Conference Attendance, Accommodation, and Registration:

Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend all conference sessions (a small number of additional participants may attend by invitation only; the conference is closed to the public). Authors are expected to cover their own expenses. There is no registration or conference fee.


Recommended Hotels:

Hotel du Théâtre
Seilergraben 69
CH-8001 Zürich
Phone: +41 44 267 267 0

Hotel Florhof
Florhofgasse 4
CH-8001 Zürich
Phone: +41 44 250 26 26

Hotel St. Josef
Hirschengraben 64/68
CH-8001 Zürich
Phone: +41 44 250 57 57

Hotel Astor
Weinbergstrasse 44
CH-8006 Zürich
Phone: +41 44 251 35 60

Jugendherberge Zürich
Mutschellenstrasse 114
CH-8038 Zürich
Phone: +41 43 399 78 00

Reservations under reference of PEIO

2011 Program committee:

Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zurich, CIS) Lawrence Broz (University of California, San Diego) Axel Dreher (University of Goettingen)
Simon Hug (University of Geneva) Christopher Kilby (Villanova University) Helen Milner (Princeton University)
Katharina Michaelowa (University of Zurich, CIS) Randall Stone (University of Rochester) Jan-Egbert Sturm (ETH Zurich, KOF)
Michael J. Tierney (College of William and Mary) James Raymond Vreeland (Georgetown University) Eric Werker (Harvard Business School)


Call for papers

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