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Call for Papers for a Special Issue in Memory of Ronald Coase
“R. H. Coase: The Man and His Ideas”

Man and the Economy will devote a special issue (December 2014) to the life and ideas of Ronald Coase, the 1991 Nobel Laureate in Economics and Founding Editor of the Journal. During his long academic life, Coase devoted himself to economics, which in his view should investigate how the real world economy works, with all its imperfections. Coase viewed and practiced economics as a social science, a study of man creating wealth in society through various institutional arrangements.

To honor the memory of Coase, the Journal welcomes original research articles that extend and develop Coasian economics, including empirical studies of the structure of production and exchange. It also welcomes critical and constructive commentaries that clarify and elaborate Coasian themes from a law-and-economics/new institutional economics perspective, including but not limited to topics on transaction costs, property rights, theories of the firm, and China’s economic transformation. In addition, it also welcomes personal reflections and reminiscences of Coase as a colleague, a teacher, an editor, and/or a friend.

Submissions must be made online via the Journal’s Web site.
The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.

Scholarly Ideas and Policy: Videos from Roundtable

What role do scholarly ideas play in influencing policy? Distinguished scholars recently examined how specific policies in different countries have been affected by scholarly ideas. Speakers included Richard Epstein, Scott Gehlbach, Douglass North, Sam Peltzman, Alberto Simpser, and Ning Wang. The roundtable discussion was held at the University of Chicago and was organized by the Ronald Coase Institute and co-sponsored by the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State. See video excerpts here.

ISNIE Conference June 19-21, 2014

The 18th annual conference of the International Society for New Institutional Economics will take place June 19-21, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Robert Gibbons and Timur Kuran will be the keynote speakers. Further details of the conference are available on the ISNIE Web site. The call for papers is closed.

Russian Summer School on Institutional Analysis

The Russian Summer School on Institutional Economics 2014 will be held June 28–July 4, 2014 in the Moscow region, Russia, organized by the Center for Institutional Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Researchers, teaching staff, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Priority is given to research projects dealing with economics of public sector, bureaucracy, and procurement; economics of education; banks and financial markets; industrial organization, government regulation, and law enforcement; property rights, institutions, and economic development. Working language: English. Deadline to apply: March 20, 2014. See details and application form.

European School on New Institutional Economics

Tthe 13th session of the European School on New Institutional Economics (ESNIE) will be held in Cargèse, Corsica, May 19-23, 2014. See details. Deadline to apply: March 10, 2014.

Coase and Wang Book Wins 2013 Sir Antony Fisher Award
and 2013 Beijing News Award

The 2013 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award has just been awarded for the book How China Became Capitalist by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang. The award honors outstanding publications produced by independent research institutes that have made the greatest contributions to the public understanding of a free society.

Book by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang

On behalf of the Ronald Coase Institute, Ning Wang accepted the prize at a ceremony during the Atlas Network annual conference in New York City.

The Chinese translation was selected by the Beijing News as the Best Book in Economics in 2013.

Book by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang

An awards ceremony was held in China in January 2014. In its first year in print the book sold over 100,000 copies in China.

New Journal Launched

A new journal, Man and the Economy, has been launched. Ronald Coase was the founder of the journal, and Ning Wang is the Editor-in-Chief. It will be published by deGruyter, with the first issue appearing in 2014.

Journal: Man and the Economy

The Journal welcomes empirical investigations - historical, qualitative, statistical, experimental - and theoretical explorations that deepen our understanding of how the economy works and how it changes over time.  You can see further details and sumbit papers for consideration here.

RONALD COASE, 1910-2013

With great sorrow we write that Ronald Coase, Nobel laureate, Research Advisor of the Ronald Coase Institute, and Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago Law School passed away on September 2, 2013 after a brief illness.

His intellectual contributions were profound and enduring.  His 1991 Nobel prize in economics acknowledged ideas he presented in his first lecture as a young academic in 1932.  Three of his works were celebrated by major scholarly conferences held 50 years after their original publication.  On his 100th birthday, the leading economists of China gathered to pay homage to his influence on China’s economic transformation.

His spirit of inquiry was inspiring. "We do not know. It is our task to find out.”

His generosity to young scholars was immense.  During his last days he spoke of his pride in the young scholars of the Coase Institute network and their contributions.

Recently he was planning his first journey to China and the launching of a new journal Man and the Economy co-edited with Ning Wang. He was reading Science and Nature systematically to examine how natural scientists went about reaching their conclusions.

He was preceded in death last year by his wife Marian, whom he first met in Chicago in 1932.

See obituary and collection of sessions, letters, press coverage.

  Obituary for Ronald Coase
  In Remembrance

  Video: Scholarly Ideas and Policy
  Recent Conferences & Workshops
  Alumni News
  Job Openings & Research Requests
  Past Programs, Abstracts, Images

  What can you expect during a workshop?
  Why participants value the workshops
  Meet some alumni

   Workshop comments:
     "Superlative experience" (Boulder)
     "Famous scholars and delicious
        food" (Shanghai)
     "Most exciting workshop I have
        attended" (Singapore)
     "Demanding, intensive and mentally
        exhausting...also one of the most
        rewarding" (Philippines)
     "Best learning experience within last
        31 years" (Bratislava)

Group gathering at Shanghai workshop

  How China Became Capitalist by
       Ronald Coase and Ning Wang is now
       available in hardcover, paperback, and
       electronic versions.


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