Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis – 2007-2006

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.

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

Spring 2007 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

January 18

Oliver Williamson
(Emeritus Haas-UCB)

Boards of Directos: A Dual Purpose (Efficiency) Perspective"

January 25

Michael Tomz

The Credibility
of International Commitments
[Papers attached are: "Domestic
Audience Costs in International Relations: An Experimental Approach"
AND "The Effects of International Agreements on Foreign Policy
] Note: These 2 papers are in one pdf

February 1
Preston McAfee
(Cal Tech)
Queues, and Coffee Breaks: A Flow Model of the Corporation with Human

February 8

James Anton
(Duke Fuqua)

Upgrades and (the Loss of) Market Power in a Dynamic Monopoly Model"

February 15

Eric Van den Steen
(MIT Sloan)

"Interpersonal Authority in a Theory
of the Firm"
[Note: The Speaker will meet with interested students in the Lester
Center Conference Room located in room F451 of the Haas School of
Business NOT the IMIO Conference room for this meeting.]

February 22

Nick Bloom

Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do I.T.: Investigating the
US Productivity Miracle Using Multinationals"

March 1

Severin Borenstein, Mechan Busse & Ryan Kellogg

of Supply and Forward Price Premia: Evidence from the Natural Gas

March 8

Rafael Di Tella

and Punishment in the ‘American Dream’"

March 15

Brandice Canes-Wrone

"Partisan Signals and Democratic
Accountability: An Analysis of State Supreme Court Abortion Decisions"

[Note: The following paper is available for those interested in the
formal theory.]
Do Elections Encourage Ideological Rigidity?"

March 22

Tom Hubbard

Return to Knowledge Hierarchies"
March 29

*April 5

Ben Jones

and Great Inveniton"

*[Note: This session is jointly offered with the Lester Center Kauffman
Research Series]

*April 12

David Scharfstein

Skill vs Luck in Entrepreneurship
and Venture Capital: Evidence from Serial Entrepreneurs

*[Note: This session will be held in room C220 Cheit Hall, and
is jointly offered with the Lester Center Kauffman Research Series
and the Finance Group.]

April 19
Sebastian Galiani
(Washington Univ. in St. Louis)
Rights for the Poor: Effects of Land Titling
April 26
Robert Gibbons
(MIT Sloan)
Do Managers Do? Suggestive Evidence and Initial Theories About Building
Eric Zitzewitz
(Stanford GSB)
Eliot Effect? Prosecutorial Discretion in Mutual Fund Settlement Negotiations,
Fall 2006 Schedule



Title of Paper

September 7

Asim Khwaja

the Impact of Bank Liquidity Shocks: Evidence from an Emerging Market"

*September 12

Andrei Shleifer

[*Note: The September 14th session is being offered in collaboration
with Psychology & Economics in lieu of the normal IDS seminar. It
will meet from 2 – 4 PM in Evans Hall. There will be no speaker
meeting for students for this session.]

September 21
Ian Larkin
Cost of High Powered Incentive Systems: Gaming Behavior in Enterprise
Software Sales"

[Note: The September 21st session is being offered with the Research
Policy Conference in honor of David Teece. The presentation will start
at 4:10 pm in the Wells Fargo Room.]

September 28

Evan Rawley

Adaptation and the Boundary of the Firm: How Organization Influences
the Returns to Diversification"

October 5

Steven Klepper
(Carnegie Mellon)


October 12

Enrico Moretti

at Work"

October 19

Ken Shotts (Stanford)

Effects on Policy Choice"

October 26

George Baker

Policies and Incentives to Invest in Firm-Specific Human Capital"

November 2

David Hsu

"The Impact of Uncertain Intellectual
Property Rights on the Market for Ideas: Evidence from Patent Grant

November 9

Francine Lofontaine

Microeconomic Implications of Input Market Regulations: Cross-Country
Evidence from Within the Firm"
November 16
Marko Tervio
Analysis of Three Academic Labor Markets"

November 23

NO MEETING (Thanksgiving Holiday)

November 30
Juan Carols Hallak
(U-Mich and U-de San Andres)
Quality, and Exporting Behavior under Minimum Quality Requirements"

Kyle Bagwell (Columbia)
Reciprocity and Favors in Cooperative Relationships
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Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters

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