Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come under scrutiny in the seminar. Over the years, the seminar has contributed to pushing the frontier of knowledge on governance, and on the norms and institutions that lead to societal success or failure.

The OEW Seminar meets on Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:30 pm in room C325 Cheit Hall. On April 19th, there will be two seminars. Melanie Wasserman will present from 12:00 – 1:30pm in C325 Cheit Hall and Nathan Hendren will present from 2pm-3:30pm in C420 Wells Fargo Room. Outside speakers normally meet with interested students from 3:00 – 3:45 pm in room F589 (in the Faculty Wing of the Haas School).

For past semesters’ schedules and papers, please click here.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk/Paper
February 1
Erika Deserranno
(Northwestern)
Social Ties, Identity and the Delivery of Public Services
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February 8
Mirko Draca (Warwick)
How Polarized are Citizens? Measuring Ideology from the Ground-Up
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February 22
Supreet Kaur
(Berkeley)
The Limits of Neighborly Exchange
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March 1
Davide Cantoni
(Munich)
Persistence and Activation of Right-Wing Political Ideology
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March 8
Ben Enke
(Harvard)
Kinship Systems, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Culture
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March 15
Dominic Rohner
(Lausanne)
Information Dividend of Democracy: Impact on Political Stability and Redistribution
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March 22
Josh Blumenstock
(Berkeley)
Migration and the Value of Social Networks
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March 29
Spring Break
April 5
David Vogel (Berkeley)
How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader
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April 12
Kate Casey (Stanford)
Institutions and Technocratic Skill in Local Economic Development
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April 19
Melanie Wasserman (UCLA)
Hours Constraints, Occupational Choice, and Gender: Evidence from Medical Residents
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April 19
Nathan Hendren
(Harvard)
Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States: An Intergenerational Perspective
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April 26
Fabrizio Zilibotti (Yale)
May 3
Rob Jensen (UPenn)
May 7
Tavneet Suri (MIT)
Fall 2017 Schedule

Date

Speaker

Title of Talk/Paper
August 31
Neale Mahoney
(Chicago)
How Do Individuals Repay Their Debt? The Balance-Matching Heuristic
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September 21
Mark Rosenzweig
(Yale)
Are There Too Many Farms in the World? Labor-Market Transaction Costs, Machine Capacities and Optimal Farm Size
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September 28
Manasi Deshpande
(Chicago)
Who is Screened Out? Application Costs and the Targeting of Disability Programs
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October 5
James Feigenbaum
(Boston)
Demobilizing Democrats and Labor Unions: Political
Effects of Right to Work Laws

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October 12
Melissa Dell
(Harvard)
The Development Effects of the Extractive Colonial
Economy: The Dutch Cultivation System in Java*

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October 19
Till von Wachter
(joint with PF, Labor)
November 2
Magne Mogstad
(Chicago)
Rent Sharing, Earnings Dynamics and
Transmission of Firm Level Shocks

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November 16
Mike Callen
(UCSD)
Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan
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November 30
Nicholas Ryan
(Yale)
The Demand for Off-grid Solar Power:
Evidence from Rural India’s Surprisingly Competitive Retail Power Market

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December 7
Marcy Alsan (Stanford)
The Spillover Effects of Deportation Fear: Evidence from Secure Communities
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OEW Seminar Archive

Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters

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For all semesters’ schedules, please click here.

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