Workshop on Institutional Analysis
December 10-16, 2017 Bogota, Colombia
Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University
and Universidad de los Andes
Applications are closed
Young scholars worldwide are eligible to apply.
Twenty-six participants will be selected competitively.
Attend this workshop to
♦ Present your research in a small, focused setting, with intensive discussion and feedback from faculty and other participants:
- first within a small group, with faculty guidance
- after revising, formally to the entire workshop.
Ten full-time faculty will provide intensive mentoring.
♦ Hear the faculty discuss their research and strategies to
formulate questions, develop analysis, and communicate results effectively.
♦ Network closely with faculty and other young scholars who have an enduring interest in institutional analysis. After the daily sessions, enjoy informal conversations during delicious dinners. There will be a special event and a gala dinner. Upon graduation, become part of a scholarly network with alumni from 75 countries.
The pace is intense and rewarding. Participants must attend all sessions and give as well as receive feedback.
Who is eligible?
Social scientists early in their academic/professional careers
and advanced graduate students -
in economics, political science, law, and other social sciences.
Selection and attendance
Twenty-six participants will be selected competitively
on the basis of their research abstracts, CVs, and references. Work already published is not eligible, and previous participants
are not eligible to apply again.
Abstracts will be evaluated on the clarity and importance of the research question, the analysis, and the institutional focus.
Projects with empirically testable implications are preferred. Admissions decisions will be
announced in September.
Applications are closed
The cost of the workshop – tuition, meals, and housing - is $2500 USD.
(This does not include travel expenses.) Many partial fellowships will be awarded competitively to scholars for whom the workshop cost is a hardship, to cover part of the costs of tuition, meals, and housing. If you wish to be considered for a fellowship, upload your request for a fellowship with your application. All participants must stay in workshop housing, and all participants are responsible for paying their own travel expenses.
Faculty and organizers
The faculty will include Robert Aliber (University of Chicago, Emeritus), Lee Alston (Indiana University), Veneta Andonova (Universidad de los Andes), Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), Lee Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), Juan Camilo Cardenas (Universidad de los Andes), Paulo Furquim de Azevedo (INSPER), Ana Maria Ibanez (Universidad de los Andes), Philip Keefer (Inter-American Development Bank), Gary Libecap (University of California - Santa Barbara), Maros Servatka (Macquarie Graduate School of Management), Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), Gustavo Torrens (Indiana University), and Colin Xu (The World Bank).
The organizers are Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), and Juan Camilo Cardenas (Universidad de los Andes). The administrators are Darin Hargis (Ronald Coase Institute) and Ana Maria Forero (Universidad de los Andes).
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Conference on the Life and Legacy of Douglass North
A conference reflecting on the impact of Douglass North's work on the discipline of economics will be held at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University, March 2-3, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia, USA. It will be hosted by Lee Alston, John Nye, and Barry Weingast.
Students and scholars are invited to submit abstracts for consideration on any of 5 conference themes: 1) Cliometrics and Measurement; 2) Relative Prices, Property Rights, and Transaction Costs; 3) Institutions; 4) Belief and Cognition; and 5) Violence. Each theme will have a keynote lecture and a series of paper presentations. The deadline to submit abstracts is September 15, 2017. Selections will be announced in fall 2017. See details.
The Elgar Companion to Ronald Coase
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Journal of Human Capital:
Special Issue Honoring Ronald Coase
A special issue of the Journal of Human Capital has just been issued in honor of Ronald Coase. The issue is based on a conference held in his honor at the University of Buffalo in May 2012. See this link to the on-line issue.
First China Economics Prize Awarded to
Chenggang Xu and Yingyi Qian
Chenggang Xu, Coase Institute Board and faculty member, has been awarded the first China Economics Prize, jointly with Yingyi Qian (also Coase faculty). This major new prize was created by the Contemporary Economics Foundation in Beijing to recognize Chinese scholars who have made outstanding contributions in the field of economics.
The inaugural prize honors Xu’s and Qian’s research on government and enterprise incentive mechanisms for the transition economy of China. The two scholars will also share a monetary award of 2 million yuan. Chenggang Xu is currently at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and Yingyi Qian is at Tsinghua University, both in Beijing.
In Memoriam: Kenneth Arrow, 1921-2017
Kenneth Arrow passed away on February 21, 2017 in Stanford, California. We have lost a brilliant economist, a generous member of our board, and a cherished friend.
Elinor Ostrom: An Intellectual Biography by Vlad Tarko has just been published by Rowman & LIttlefield International. A Nobel laureate in economics and a leader in new institutional economics and public choice, Elinor Ostrom served on the board and faculty of the Ronald Coase Institute. See details and an overview of the book.
One of the founders of modern economics, he received the Nobel prize in economics – the youngest recipient ever of this prize - for his pioneering contributions to general economic equilibruum theory and welfare theory. His interests were broad and deep. His dissertation Social Choice and Individual Values presented his impossibility theorem: that no system of voting can perfectly reflect the public’s will if three or more alternatives are being considered.
Kenneth Arrow served on the board of the Coase Institute from 2005 until his death and participated in many activities of the Institute. He was deeply interested in the progress of young scholars around the world.
He will be profoundly missed.
Arrow's talks at 2015 Washington conference:
|Future directions of research in the Coasean tradition|
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