Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis – 2010-2009

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 2010 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

January 21

Allan Drazen

Leaders Affect Government Spending Priorities?"

January 28

Patrick Hummel

Selection in Elections with Candidates of Heterogeneous Quality"

and "On the Nature of Equilibria
in a Downsian Model with Candidate Valence"

February 4
Bengt Holmstrom
Theory of Firm Scope"
February 11
Stephan Meier
Role of Group Boundaries in Human Altruism and Anti-Social Behavior"

February 18

Timothy Bartley

the Corporation: Political and Institutional Foundations of Corporate
Social Responsibility"

February 25

Eric Talley
(Boalt Hall – UCB)

Right, and Center: Strategic Information Acquisition and Diversity
in Judicial Panels"

March 4

Richard Gil

Role of Repeated Interactions, Self-Enforcing Agreements and Relational
[Sub]Contracting: Evidence from Highway Procurement Auctions"

March 11

Kevin Quinn
(Boalt Hall – UCB)

a Switch in Time Save Nine?"

March 18

Patrick Bajari

Contracting with Time Incentives: Theory and Evidence"

March 25

(Spring Break)

April 1
Willie Fuchs
for Advice

April 8

Chad Syverson
(UChicago GSB)

"The Slow Growth of New Plants: Learning
about Demand?"

April 15

Christopher Paik

Underpinnings of Institutions: Evidence from the Neolithic Revolution"

April 22
Paola Giuliano
Values and the Regulation of Labor"
April 29
May 6
Felix Vardy
Yourself! Mixed Motives and the Condorcet Jury Theorem
Fall 2009 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

August 27

Mathew McCubbins
(UCSD – Political Science)

Edge, Bad Edge: Connectivity and Constraint in Networks"

September 3

Sami Berlinski
(UCL – Econ.)

Did the Extension
of the Franchise Increase the Liberal Vote in Victorian Britain?
Evidence from the Second Refort Act. [Note: Paper available via
hard copy only].

September 10
Steve Tadelis
Effect of Information on Auction Outcomes: A Large Scale Field Experiment"

September 17
Stephane Straub
(Toulouse Sch. of Econ.)
Patria Contratista?: Public Procurement and Rent-Seeking in Paraguay"

September 24

Bentley MacLeod
(Columbia Bus. & Econ.)

School Reputation and Educational Quality"

October 1

Florian Ederer
(UCLA Andersen)

Pay-for-Performance Detrimental to Innovation?"

October 8

Antoinette Schoar
(MIT Sloan)

Importance of Holdup in Contracting: Evidence from a Field Experiment"

October 15

Dan Silverman
(Michgan Econ.)

and Political Competition"

October 22

Richard Wang

Competition Among Heterogeneous Firms: Evidence from the Chinese Satellite
Television Industry"

October 29

Jonathan Levin
(Stanford Econ.)

Play in Spectrum Auctions"
November 5
Deepak Hegde
Information and Contracts in the Market for Ideas: Evidence from the
Licensing of Biomedical Inventions"

November 12

Dennis Yao

"Delay as Agenda Setting"

November 19

Timothy Feddersen
(Northwestern Kellogg)

Warm-Glow Decision
Making. [Note: Paper not available].

November 26
December 3
Curt Taylor
(Duke Econ.)
Performance and the Value of Blind Evaluation"
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Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters

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