Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis – 2013-2012

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 2013 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

January 24

David Teece

Reasoning about Reasonable Royalties: Evaluating Patent Licensing in Platform Based Industries

January 31

Doug Bernheim
(Stanford Univ.)

Poverty and Self-Control

February 7
Tim Simcoe
(Boston Univ.

Public Procurement and the Private Supply of Green Buildings

February 14
Brian Silverman
(Univ. of Toronto)

Managing Agency Problems in Early Shareholder Capitalism: Liverpool Shipping in the 18th Century

February 21

Ulrike Malmendier

Managerial Duties and Managerial Biases

February 28

Canice Prendergast
(Univ. of Chicago)

The Empirical Content of Pay-for-Performance and The Economics of Wild Goose Chases

March 7

Ashish Arora
(Duke Univ.)

Make, Buy, Organize: The Interplay Between Research, External Knowledge, and Firm Structure

March 14

Wouter Dessein
(Columbia Univ.)

Rational Inattention and Organizational Focus

March 21

Jonathan Levin
(Stanford Unif.)

Sales Taxes and Internet Commerce

March 28


(Spring Break)


April 4
Emerson Tiller (Northwestern Univ.)
Panel Effects in Administrative Law: A Study of Rules, Standards and Judicial Whistleblowing.
April 11
Esteban Ross-Hansberg (Princeton Univ.)
The Anatomy of French Production Hierarchies

April 18

Nicola Lacetera
(Univ. of Toronto)

Bid Takers or Market Makers? The Effect of Auctioneers on Auction Outcomes.

April 25

Chad Syverson
(Univ. of Chicago)

Healthcare Exceptionalism? Productivity and Allocation in the U.S. Healthcare Sector

May 2

Pol Antras
(Harvard Univ.)

Organizing the Global Value Chain
Fall 2012 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper

August 30

Vito Sciaraffia
(UT Austin/UCB)

"Compensation Incentives and Risk Taking Behavior: Evidence from Sell-Side Analysts Forecasts"

September 6

David Vogel

The Transatlantic Shift in Regulatory Stringency

September 13
Pablo Hernandez


September 20

September 27

Roland Benabou

Bonus Culture: Competitive Pay, Screening, and Multitasking

October 4

Pierre Yared

A Theory of Political and Economic Cycles

October 11

Orie Shelef

Incentive Thresholds, Performance, and Risk-Taking. Evidence from Hedge Funds.

October 18*

Andrew Sweeting

Airline Mergers and the Potential Entry Defense

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

October 25

Amy Nguyen- Chyung


November 1

Neil Thompson


"Moore’s Law Goes Multicore: The Economic and Strategic Consequences of a Fundamental Change in How Computers Work"

November 8
Julie Wulf
(Harvard Bus Sch)
Pay Harmony: Peer Comparison and Executive Compensation
November 15
Leeat Yariv
What Makes Voters Turn Out: The Effects of Polls and Beliefs

November 22



November 29*

Claudio Lucarelli


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

December 6
Reed Walker
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Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters

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