Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis features current research of faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and advanced doctoral students who are investigating the efficacy of economic and noneconomic forms of organization. In this seminar, an interdisciplinary perspective–combining aspects of law, economics and organization–is maintained. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, bureaus, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come under scrutiny. The aspiration is to progressively build towards a new science of organization.

The OEW Seminar meets on Thursdays from 4:10 – 6:00 pm in room C325 Cheit Hall (the April 22 session is on a Wednesday).  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 faculty and students wishing to schedule an appointment, or for more information on the Oliver E. Williamson Seminar, please contact Penny Hennagir at hennagir@haas.berkeley.edu.

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

Spring 2015 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper
January 15
Sandra Black
(Univ. of Texas – Austin)
“Does Grief Transfer Across Generations?
In-Utero Deaths and Child Outcomes” [pdf]
January 22
Leonardo Burstyn
“How does Peer Pressure Affect Educational Investments?” [pdf]
January 29
Tomas Rau
(PUC – Chile)
“The Children of the Missed Pill: Unintended Consequences of Price Collusion in the Chilean Pharmaceutical Industry”
February 5
Thomas Fujiwara
“The Runner-up Effect”  [pdf]
February 12
Johanna Rickne
“Work-Life Balance in Politics”
February 19
Adriana Ueras Muney
February 26
Marianne Bertrand
(Univ. of Chicago – Booth)
“What Determines Bureaucratic Effectiveness: Evidence from the Indian Administrative Service”
March 5
Claudio Ferraz
(PUC – Rio)
“Electoral Registration, Disenfranchisement and Public Service Provision”
March 12
Asim Khwaja
“Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools”
March 19
Navin Kartik
“Muddled Information” [pdf]
March 26
(Spring Break)
April 2
David Yanagizawa-Drott
“From Father to Son:  The Intergenerational Transmission of War”
April 9
Erik Hurst
(Univ. of Chicago – Booth)
“Regional Redistribution Through the U.S. Mortgage Market” [pdf]
April 16
Francesco Trebbi
(Univ. of British Columbia)
April 22
David Autor
April 30
Monica Martinez Bravo
“An Empirical Investigation of the Legacies of Non-Democratic Regimes: The Case of Suharto’s Mayors in Indonesia”
May 7
David Vogel
(UC Berkeley – Haas)
“Why the Golden State became Green”
May 14

OEW Seminar Archive

Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters