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 4:10 – 6:00 pm in room C330 Cheit Hall. Outside speakers normally meet with interested students from 3:00 – 3:45 pm in the IBI Conference room located in room F402 (in the Faculty Wing of the Haas School).

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

Fall 2016 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper
September 1
Petra Persson
The Long-Term Consequences of Teacher Discretion in Grading of High-Stakes Tests [pdf]
September 8
Suresh Naidu
Political Language in Economics [pdf]
September 15
September 22
Joachim Voth
(visiting scholar from Zurich)
Highway to Hitler [pdf]
September 29
Jeffrey Kuhn
(Haas BPP)
Property Rights and Frictions in the Sale of Ideas
October 6
Filip Matejka
Electoral Competition with Rationally Inattentive Voters [pdf]
October 13
Gustavo Bobonis
Vulnerability and Clientelism [pdf]
October 20
John Van Reenen
Turbulence and Decentralization in Bad Times [pdf]
October 27
Yoonha Kim
(Haas BPP)
Hidden Gems? Differential Hiring and Self-Employment of U.S. Immigrants [pdf]
November 3
Eliana La Ferrara
Shaping Educational Careers of Immigrant Children: Motivation, Cognitive Skills & Teachers’ Beliefs
November 10
Filipe Campante
(Harvard KSG)
Long-Range Growth: Economic Development in the Global Network of Air Links
November 17
Liran Einav
Provider Incentives and Health Care Costs: Evidence from Long-Term Care Hospitals
November 24
(no seminar)
December 1
Paul Gertler
Grass Greening: How Mexican Poverty Alleviation Makes Undocumented Migration to the U.S. More Attractive
December 8
Amitabh Chandra
Identifying Inefficiency in Healthcare

OEW Seminar Archive

Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters