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.

The OEW Seminar meets on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:00 PM in 325 Cheit Hall and is open to all members of the UC Berkeley community. If you are interested in being added to the seminar mailing list please contact Kristie Dinh.

To see past OEW Seminars, go to the archive.

Fall 2022 Schedule
Date Speaker Title of Talk/Paper
September 1

Daria Bakhareva (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

“Strategic Behavior in Charitable Giving: Evidence from the Invasion of Ukraine”
September 8

Shaoda Wang (U Chicago)

“Judicial Independence, Local Protectionism, and Economic Integration: Evidence from China”
September 15
Leander Heldring (Northwestern)
“Bureaucracy as a Tool for Politicians: Evidence from Germany”
September 22

Miguel Ortiz (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

“Spite, Fear and Intergroup Conflict: Evidence from Christians and Muslims in Nigeria”
September 29
Carolyn Stein (Berkeley)
“The Wandering Scholars: Understanding the Heterogeneity of University Commercialization”
October 6

James Robinson (U Chicago)

“Fear and Dreams: The Social Origins of Paramilitary State Behavior in Colombia”
October 13
Bard Harstad (U Oslo)
“Trade and Trees”
October 27

Nick Ryan (Yale)

“Can Pollution Markets Work in Developing Countries? Experimental Evidence from India”
November 3

Panle Barwick (Cornell)

“Efficiency and Equity Impacts of Urban Transportation Policies with Equilibrium Sorting”
November 10

Pavel Bacherikov (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

Morgan Foy (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

“Kinship, Economic Transition and Ethnic Violence: Evidence from Russian Colonization of Central Asia”

“Do Unions Affect Student Achievement?”

November 17

Gabriel Granato (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

Silvia Barbareschi (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

“Competing Over Prophecies: A Dynamic Reputation-building Model of Religious Markets”

“Perception of Safety in Developing Countries: A Closer Look to the Possible Solutions”

November 28 (Monday)

Lukas Leucht (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

Zia Mehmood (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

“One Job, One Vote? The Electoral Multiplier of Patronage”

“SMS Trainings for Small Businesses: Evidence from Kenya”

December 1

Alessandro Lizzeri (Princeton)

“Disentangling Exploration from Exploitation”

December 8

Sebastián Arechaga (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

Chiara Motta (Berkeley Ph.D. Student)

“Bureaucrat Selection and Public Procurement”

“Monopsony, Competition, and Colonization”