Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis – 2011-2010

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 2011 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

January 27

Decio Coviello
(URome – visiting Harvard)

"Tenure in Office and Public Procurement"

February 3

Alessandro Gavazza

"An Empirical Equilibrium Model of a Decentralized Asset Market"

February 10

Dan Silverman
(UMichigan – visiting Berkeley-Economics)

"Who is (More) Rational?"

February 17
Michael Grubb
(MIT Sloan)
"Penalty Pricing: Optimal Price-Posting Regulation with Inattentive Consumers"

February 24

Mara Lederman
(Toronto – Rotman)

"Do Firms Game Quality Ratings? Evidence from Mandatory Disclosure of Airline On-Time Performance"

March 3

Sylvain Chassang

"Selective Trials: A Principal-Agent Approach to Randomized Controlled Experiments"

March 10

Canice Prendergast
(Chicago Booth)

[NOTE: THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED.]"Contracts and Conflict in Organizations"

March 17

Jordi Blanes-I-Vidal

"Revolving Door Lobbyists"

March 24

(Spring Break)


March 31

Joshua Gans
(Melbourne B Sch.- visiting Harvard)

"The Impact of the Internet on Advertising Markets for News Media"
April 7
Leonardo Bursztyn
"The Schooling Decision: Family Preferences, Intergenerational Conflict, and Moral Hazard in the Brazilian Favelas"

April 14

Daron Acemoglu
(MIT Econ)

"History, Expectations, and Leadership in the Evolution of Cooperation"

[Note: This seminar will be held in room C135 Cheit Hall from 11:10 am – 12:30 pm.]

April 21
Alessandro Bonatti
(MIT Sloan)

"Career Patterns and Career Concerns"

April 28
Santiago Oliveros
Fall 2010 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

September 2

James Andreoni

"Diverging Opinions"

September 9

(Rosh Hashanah)


September 16

Dylan Minor

"Corporate Social Responsibility as Reputation Insurance: Theory & Evidence"

September 23
Justin Tumlinson
"Adverse Selection in Team Formation Under Discrimination"

September 30

Bryan Hong

The Cost of a New Boss: Individual Relationships, Hierarchy, and Firm Performance

October 7

Andrea Prat

"Screening With an Approximate Type Space"

October 14*

James Roberts

"Selective Entry and the Optimality of Auctions"

*[Note: This session is jointly offered with the IO seminar series.]

October 21

Sharon Poczter

"The Long Term Effects of a Bank Bailout Program: Evidence from an Emerging Market"

October 28*

Kate Ho

"Physician Responses to Financial Incentives: Evidence from Hospital Discharge Data"

*[Note: This session is jointly offered with the IO seminar series.]

November 4*

Volker Nocke


"Merger Policy With Merger Choice"

*[Note: This session is jointly offered with the IO seminar series.]

November 11
(Veterans Day)
November 18
Francesco Trebbi
(U. British Columbia)
"Is It Whom You Know or What You Know? An Empirical Assessment of the Lobbying Process"

November 25



December 2

Stefano DellaVigna
(Berkeley Econ.)

Does Media Concentration Lead to Biased Coverage? Evidence from Movie Reviews

[Note: Hard copy of paper available only.]

December 9
Ignacio Esponda
(NYU Stern)
"Information Aggregation Under Non-Strategic Voting"
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Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters

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For all semesters’ schedules, please click here.