The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis features current research of faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and advanced doctoral students who are investigating the efficacy of economic and noneconomic forms of organization. In this seminar, an interdisciplinary perspective–combining aspects of law, economics and organization–is maintained. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, bureaus, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come under scrutiny. The aspiration is to progressively build towards a new science of organization.

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Spring 2015 Schedule
Date Speaker Title of Talk/Paper
January 15
Sandra Black
(Univ. of Texas – Austin)
“Does Grief Transfer Across Generations?
In-Utero Deaths and Child Outcomes” [pdf]
January 22
Leonardo Burstyn
“How does Peer Pressure Affect Educational Investments?” [pdf]
January 29
Tomas Rau
(PUC – Chile)
“The Children of the Missed Pill: Unintended Consequences of Price Collusion in the Chilean Pharmaceutical Industry”
February 5
Thomas Fujiwara
“The Runner-up Effect” [pdf]
February 12 Johanna Rickne
“Work-Life Balance in Politics”
February 19
Adriana Ueras Muney
February 26 Marianne Bertrand
(Univ. of Chicago – Booth)
“What Determines Bureaucratic Effectiveness: Evidence from the Indian Administrative Service”
March 5 Claudio Ferraz
(PUC – Rio)
“Electoral Registration, Disenfranchisement and Public Service Provision”
March 12 Asim Khwaja
“Upping the Ante: The Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools”
March 19 Navin Kartik
“Muddled Information” [pdf]
March 26
(Spring Break)
April 2
David Yanagizawa-Drott
“From Father to Son: The Intergenerational Transmission of War” [pdf]
April 9 Erik Hurst
(Univ. of Chicago – Booth)
“Regional Redistribution Through the U.S. Mortgage Market” [pdf]
April 16 Francesco Trebbi
(Univ. of British Columbia)
“Insurgency and Small Wars: Estimation of Unobserved Coalition Structures” [pdf]
April 22
David Autor
“Gentrification and Crime: Evidence from Rent Deregulation”
April 30
Monica Martinez Bravo
“An Empirical Investigation of the Legacies of Non-Democratic Regimes: The Case of Suharto’s Mayors in Indonesia”
May 7
David Vogel
(UC Berkeley – Haas)
“Why the Golden State became Green” [pdf]
May 14
Fall 2014 Schedule
Date Speaker Title of Talk/Paper
August 28
Nageeb Ali
(UCSD – Economics)
“Ostracism” [pdf]
September 4
Stanislav Markus
(Univ. of Chicago – Poli Sci)
Property, Predation and Protection: Business Survival in Russia and Ukraine”
September 11
Maria Bautista
(Brown/Harvard – Poli Sci)
“The Political and Social Consequences of State-led Repression: The Chilean Case” [pdf]
September 18
Tarek Ghani
“Competing for Relationships: Markets and Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone”
September 25 Bo Cowgill
“Competitive Dynamics in Corporate Promotion Contests”
October 2
Ray Fisman
(Columbia – GSB)
“The Mortality Cost of Political Connections” [pdf]
October 9 David Atkin
(UCLA – Economics)
“Exporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial” [pdf]
October 16 NO SEMINAR
October 23 Rebecca Diamond
(Stanford – GSB)
“Housing Supply Elasticity and Rent Extraction by State and Local Governments” [pdf]
October 30 Matias Iaryczower
(Princeton Univ. – Poli Sci)
“Competing for Loyalty: the Dynamics of Political Support”
November 6
Michael Greenstone
(Univ. of Chicago – Economics)
“The Value of Regulatory Discretion: Estimates from Environmental Inspections in India” [pdf]
November 13
Nick Bloom
(Stanford – Economics)
“Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty” [pdf]
November 20 Rick Hornbeck
(Harvard Univ. – Economics)
“Creative Destruction: Barriers to Urban Growth and the Great Boston Fire of 1872” [pdf]
November 27 NO SEMINAR
December 4
Alex Mas
(Princeton Univ. – Economics)
“Does Transparency Lead to Pay Compression?” [pdf]
December 11
Chang Tai Hsieh
(Univ. of Chicago – Booth)
“Crony capitalism with Chinese characteristics”