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 12:00 – 1:30 pm in room C325 Cheit Hall. Outside speakers normally meet with interested students from 3:00 – 3:45 pm in room F589 (in the Faculty Wing of the Haas School).

To see past OEW Seminars, go to the archive.

To see the current OEW Seminar schedule click here.

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)
Fall 2020 Schedule
Date Speaker Title of Talk/Paper
Sep 3
Molly Schnell
(Northwestern University)
The Impacts of Physician Payments on Patient Access, Use, and Health
Sep 10
Sharat Ganapati
Skilled Scalable Services: The New Urban Bias in Recent Economic Growth
Sep 17
Clemence Tricaud
(UCLA Anderson)
Better Alone? Evidence on the Costs of Intermunicipal Cooperation
Sep 24
Andrea Prat
(Columbia University)
Measuring Voters’ Knowledge of Political News
Oct 1
Andres Gonzalez Lira
(UC Berkeley Haas)
Competition under Incomplete Contracts and the Design of Procurement Policies
Oct 8
Paul Oyer
(Stanford GSB)
Oct 15
Richard Hornbeck
(Chicago Booth)
Railroads, Reallocation, and the Rise of American Manufacturing
Oct 22
Andrew Newman
(Boston University)
Competing for the Quiet Life: An Organizational Theory of Market Structure
Oct 29
Claudia Steinwender
(MIT Sloan)
All aboard: The Aggregate Effects of Port Development
Nov 5
Gordon Hanson
(Harvard Kennedy School)
On the Persistence of the China Shock
Nov 12
Bocar Ba
(UC Irvine)
Diversity in Policing: The Role of Officer Race and Gender in Police-Civilian Interactions in Chicago
Nov 19
Chad Kendall
(USC Marshall)
Dec 2
Lisa Kahn
(University of Rochester)
Joint with EAP