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 C330 Cheit Hall. Outside speakers normally meet with interested students from 3:00 – 3:45 pm in room F589 (in the Faculty Wing of the Haas School).

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Fall 2017 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper
August 31
Neale Mahoney
How Do Individuals Repay Their Debt? The Balance-Matching Heuristic
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September 21
Mark Rosenzweig
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
Who is Screened Out? Application Costs and the Targeting of Disability Programs
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October 5
James Feigenbaum
Demobilizing Democrats and Labor Unions: Political
Effects of Right to Work Laws

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October 12
Melissa Dell
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
Rent Sharing, Earnings Dynamics and
Transmission of Firm Level Shocks

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November 16
Mike Callen
Why Do Defaults Affect Behavior? Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan
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November 30
Nicholas Ryan
December 7
Marcy Alsan (Stanford)

OEW Seminar Archive

Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters

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For all semesters’ schedules, please click here.