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 Zoom on Thursdays from 12 to 1:30pm 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 Frederick Smith,

To see past OEW Seminars, go to the archive.

Spring 2021 Schedule
Date Speaker Title of Talk/Paper
Feb 11
Elliot Lipnowski
(Columbia University)
Optimal Political Career Dynamics
Feb 18
Allison Stashko
(University of Utah)
Prosecutor Elections and Police Accountability
Feb 25
Marina Halac
(Yale University)
Monitoring Teams
March 4
Natalie Bau
The Equilibrium Effect of Grants to Public Schools
April 1
Nicola Persico
(Northwestern University)
Theory of Non-Democratic Redistribution and Public Good Provision
April 15
Jesse Shapiro
(Brown University)
Labor Market Returns and the Evolution of Cognitive Skills: Theory and Evidence
April 29
Laurent Bouton
(Georgetown University)
May 6
Ilyana Kuziemko
(Princeton University)
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