Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis – Fall 2014

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis features current research of faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and advanced doctoral students who are investigating the efficacy of economic and noneconomic forms of organization. In this seminar, an interdisciplinary perspective–combining aspects of law, economics and organization–is maintained. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, bureaus, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come under scrutiny. The aspiration is to progressively build towards a new science of organization.

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

Fall 2014 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper
August 28
Nageeb Ali
(UCSD – Economics)
“Ostracism” [pdf]
September 4
Stanislav Markus
(Univ. of Chicago – Poli Sci)
Property, Predation and Protection: Business Survival in Russia and Ukraine”
September 11
Maria Bautista
(Brown/Harvard – Poli Sci)
“The Political and Social Consequences of State-led Repression: The Chilean Case” [pdf]
September 18
Tarek Ghani
“Competing for Relationships: Markets and Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone”
September 25
Bo Cowgill
“Competitive Dynamics in Corporate Promotion Contests”
October 2
Ray Fisman
(Columbia – GSB)
“The Mortality Cost of Political Connections” [pdf]
October 9
David Atkin
(UCLA – Economics)
“Exporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial” [pdf]
October 16
October 23
Rebecca Diamond
(Stanford – GSB)
“Housing Supply Elasticity and Rent Extraction by State and Local Governments” [pdf]
October 30
Matias Iaryczower
(Princeton Univ. – Poli Sci)
“Competing for Loyalty: the Dynamics of Political Support”
November 6
Michael Greenstone
(Univ. of Chicago – Economics)
“The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India” [pdf]
November 13
Nick Bloom
(Stanford – Economics)
“Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty” [pdf]
November 20
Rick Hornbeck
(Harvard Univ. – Economics)
“Creative Destruction: Barriers to Urban Growth and the Great Boston Fire of 1872” [pdf]
November 27
December 4
Alex Mas
(Princeton Univ. – Economics)
“Does Transparency Lead to Pay Compression?” [pdf]
December 11
Chang Tai Hsieh
(Univ. of Chicago – Booth)
“Crony capitalism with Chinese characteristics”

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Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters