Spring 2007 Schedule
The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis 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 IMIO Conference room located in room F402 (in the Faculty Wing of the Haas School).

Speaker Meeting Schedule: To schedule an appointment to meet with a speaker, contact Anita Stephens.
Title of Talk/Paper
January 18
Oliver Williamson
(Emeritus Haas-UCB)

"Corporate Boards of Directos: A Dual Purpose (Efficiency) Perspective"

January 25
Michael Tomz

The Credibility of International Commitments [Papers attached are: "Domestic Audience Costs in International Relations: An Experimental Approach" AND "The Effects of International Agreements on Foreign Policy Preferences"] Note: These 2 papers are in one pdf file.

February 1
Preston McAfee
(Cal Tech)
"Firms, Queues, and Coffee Breaks: A Flow Model of the Corporation with Human Delays"
February 8
James Anton
(Duke Fuqua)

"Quality Upgrades and (the Loss of) Market Power in a Dynamic Monopoly Model"

February 15
Eric Van den Steen
(MIT Sloan)
"Interpersonal Authority in a Theory of the Firm" .
[Note: The Speaker will meet with interested students in the Lester Center Conference Room located in room F451 of the Haas School of Business NOT the IMIO Conference room for this meeting.]
February 22
Nick Bloom
"It Ain't What You Do, It's The Way That You Do I.T.: Investigating the US Productivity Miracle Using Multinationals"
March 1
Severin Borenstein, Mechan Busse & Ryan Kellogg
"Security of Supply and Forward Price Premia: Evidence from the Natural Gas Industry"
March 8
Rafael Di Tella
"Crime and Punishment in the 'American Dream'"
March 15
Brandice Canes-Wrone
"Partisan Signals and Democratic Accountability: An Analysis of State Supreme Court Abortion Decisions"
[Note: The following paper is available for those interested in the formal theory.]
"When Do Elections Encourage Ideological Rigidity?"
March 22
Tom Hubbard
"The Return to Knowledge Hierarchies"
March 29
*April 5
Ben Jones
"Age and Great Inveniton"

*[Note: This session is jointly offered with the Lester Center Kauffman Research Series]
*April 12

David Scharfstein

Skill vs Luck in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital: Evidence from Serial Entrepreneurs

*[Note: This session will be held in room C220 Cheit Hall, and is jointly offered with the Lester Center Kauffman Research Series and the Finance Group.]
April 19
Sebastian Galiani
(Washington Univ. in St. Louis)
Property Rights for the Poor: Effects of Land Titling
April 26
Robert Gibbons
(MIT Sloan)
"What Do Managers Do? Suggestive Evidence and Initial Theories About Building Relationships"
May 3
Eric Zitzewitz
(Stanford GSB)
An Eliot Effect? Prosecutorial Discretion in Mutual Fund Settlement Negotiations, 2003-2007

Copies of papers to be presented or related background reading will be available in Room F402, Haas School (Institute for Business Innovation); and in Room 611 Evans Hall (Department of Economics).

For information, contact Prof. Rui de Figueiredo (, Prof. Pablo Spiller ( or Anita Stephens, IMIO (