2014 Challenge: The 2007-08 Financial Crisis

wsj_bailout_timeline Source: WSJ, Dec. 31, 2009

PInet focused its 2013-2014 data challenge on the federal policy response to the 2008 Financial Crisis in the United States. Much has been written about the causes of the financial crisis while much less has been written about the government’s response after the fact. We challenged scholars to investigate how the  government responded to the crisis, both in terms of efforts to understand what went wrong, and in terms of policy action.

We held discipline specific research challenges (similar to bakeoffs) during the first phase of the grant. These challenges then served as feeders to the first PoliInformatics workshop.

2014 Research Challenges:

Participating institutions:


  • LIIUniversity of Manheim, Germany
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • University California, Berkeley
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University California, Davis
  • Stanford University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Carnegie Mellon University

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