Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis – 2012-2011

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 2012 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

January 26

Lamar Pierce
(Wash U Olin Sch.)

Learning from Peers

February 2

Tim Groseclose
(UCLA Political Sci)

Bias in a Laboratory Simulation of a Signaling Game with Implications for the Influence of the News Media

February 9*
David Dranove
(Northwestern Kellogg


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

February 16*
Aviv Nevo
(Northwestern Kellogg)


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

February 23*

Chris Nosko
(Havard Econ/ eBay Research)


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

March 1

Don Moore


March 8

Ann Marie Knott
(Wash U Olin Sch.)


March 15

Ramon Casadesus-Masanell
(Harvard Bus Sch.)

Competing Complements

March 22



March 29

NO SEMINAR (Spring Break)


April 5
Oliver Williamson (Berkeley-Haas)
Transaction Cost Economics: What are the Questions?
April 12
Karthik Muralidharan (UCSD Econ.)
Long-Term Effects of Teacher Performance Pay: Experimental Evidence from India

April 19

Felix Oberholzer-Gee
(Harvard Bus Sch.)

No News is Good News: CSR Strategy and Newspaper Coverage of Negative Firm Events

April 26

Judea Pearl
(UCLA Computer Science)

Trygve Haavelmo and the Emergence of Causal Calculus

The Causal Foundations of Structural Equation Modeling

Transportability Across Studies: A Formal Approach

[Note: There are three papers]

May 3

Grigore Pop-Eleches
(Princeton Politics and WWS)

Fall 2011 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

September 1*

Mitch Hoffman
(Berkeley Econ.)

"Learning, Persistent Overconfidence, and the Impact of Training Contracts". [Paper available via hard copy only.]

*[Note: This session is jointly offered with Psychology and Economics.]

September 8

Ryan Bubb
(NYU Law School)

States, Law, and Property Rights in West Africa

September 15
Florian Ederer

Time to Decide: Information Search and Revelation in Groups

September 22
Sharat Raghavan
"The Terms that Bind: Founder Friendly Rights, Bargaining and Exits in Venture Capital Investments"

September 29

(Rosh Hashanah)


October 6

Amy Nguyen-Chyung

"How Entrepreneurial Do You Choose to Be? Talent, Risk Attitudes and Self-Selection into Different ‘Levels’ of Entrepreneurship"

October 13

Fred Finan
(Berkeley Econ.)

Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the call to Public Service

October 20*

Kei Kawai
(NYU Stern)

Auction Design and the Incentives to Invest: Evidence from Procurement Auctions

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

October 27*

Jidong Zhou
(NYU Stern)

Multiproduct Search

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

November 3

Yona Rubinstein


Using Federal Minimum Wages to Identify the Impact of Minimum Wages on Employment and Earnings Across the U.S. States

November 10
Paul Niehaus
(UCSD Econ)
Managing Self-Confidence: Theory and Experimental Evidence
November 17
Nick Bloom
(Stanford Econ)
The Impact of Competition on Management Quality: Evidence from Public Hospitals

November 24



December 1

Paul Oyer
(Stanford GSB)

Exploration for Human Capital: Theory and Evidence from the MBA Labor Market

December 8
Jason Snyder
(UCLA Anderson)
Reputations and Firm Performance: Evidence from the Dialysis Industry
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Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters

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