Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis – Fall 2015

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.

The OEW Seminar meets on Thursdays from 4:10 – 6:00 pm in room C325 Cheit Hall. Outside speakers normally meet with interested students from 3:00 – 3:45 pm in the IBI Conference room located in room F402 (in the Faculty Wing of the Haas School).

For faculty and students wishing to schedule an appointment, or for more information on the Oliver E. Williamson Seminar, please contact Sandria Frost at sandria_frost@haas.berkeley.edu.

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

Fall 2015 Schedule



Title of Talk/Paper
August 27
Chris Bidner
(Simon Fraser University)
“A Theory of Minimalist Democracy” [pdf]
September 3
Raul Sanchez de la Sierra
September 10
Rohini Pande
“Value for Money? Vote-buying and Politician Accountability in the Laboratory” [pdf]
September 17
Matt Gentzkow
“Ideological Bias and Trust” [pdf]
September 24
Paul Niehaus
“General Equilibrium Effects of (Improving) Public Employment Programs: Experimental Evidence from India”
October 1
Ricardo Perez Truglia
(Microsoft Research)
“Partisan Interactions” [pdf] “Political Conformity” [pdf]
October 8
Yujin Kim
“Too Costly To Convince: How Do Entrepreneurs Market Breakthrough Innovation Through Partnership?” [pdf]
October 15
Sarah Moshary
“Price Discrimination across PACs and the Consequences of Political Advertising Regulation” [pdf]
October 22
Moshe Barach
“Search, Screening, and Information Provision: Personnel Decisions in an Online Labor Market” [pdf]
October 29
Lucy Hu
“What is the “Crowd” Worth? The Role of Social Influence in Crowdfunding” [abstract]
November 5
Mikhail Golosov
“The Industrialization and Economic Development of Russia through the Lens of a Neoclassical Growth Model” [pdf]
November 12
Marina Agranov
“Commitment and (In)Efficiency: a Bargaining Experiment”
November 19
Orie Shelef
“Competing for Labor through Contracts: Selection, Matching, Firm Organization and Investments” [pdf]
November 26
No Seminar
(University Holiday)
December 3
Guido Friebel
(Goethe University)
How Bad is a Pay Cut? And Why? [abstract]


OEW Seminar Archive

Schedule and Papers for Previous Semesters