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 220 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.

To see the current OEW Seminar schedule click here.

Fall 2021 Schedule
Date Speaker Title of Talk/Paper
Sept. 8
Ali Yurukoglu
Concentration in Product Markets
Sept. 23
Matt Gentzkow
Advertising Prices in Equilibrium: Theory and Evidence
Oct. 7
Chang-Tai Hsieh
(University of Chicago)
Special Deals from Special Investors: The Rise of State-Connected Private Owners in China
Oct. 14
Ryan Oprea
On the Complexity of Forming Mental Models
Nov. 2
Cecile Gaubert (Berkeley)
Joint with International Seminar (597 Evans Hall, from 2-3:30 PM)
Responsible Sourcing? Theory and Evidence from Costa Rica
Nov. 18
Petra Persson
Family Spillover Effects of Marginal Diagnoses: The Case of ADHD
Dec. 2
Allan Hsiao
Coordination and Commitment in International Climate Action: Evidence from Palm Oil