ALUMNI NEWS - April 2023
Konstantin Sonin (2002 Cambridge) has received the University of Chicago's 2023 Best Overall Communicator Award. This award honors an academic who excels in two or more categories of media relations, op-ed writing, and digital communications.
Derek Da Huo (2017 Bogota) is now lecturer in the Department of Real Estate and Construction, School of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong.
David Skarbek (2011 Chicago) is co-winner of the 2022 Best Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, for his book The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World. This book also received the 2021 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology, and the 2021 Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, International Section.
ALUMNI NEWS - January 2023
Erdenebat Bataa (2019 Warsaw) is senior lecturer in economics at the Business School of Bangor University, UK.
Claudio Ansorena (2002 St. Louis) is the Ambassador of Costa Rica to India.
Ekaterina Borisova (2009 Bratislava) is now based in Lille, France at the Laboratory of Economics and Management formed by the University of Lille and IESEG business schools in Lille and Paris.
Justine Diokno-Sicat (2008 Philippines) is now at the Asian Development Bank as Executive Director representing the Philippines.
Rita Yi-Man Li (2008 Philippines) is listed in Elsevier's Digital Commons Data in the world's top 2% of scientists by citation indicators.
Shitong Qiao (2012 Beijing) has a new paper "Finance Without Law: The Case of China" forthcoming in the Harvard International Law Journal.
ALUMNI NEWS - October 2022
Eduardo Araral (2004 Tucson) and Chenli You (2010 Shanghai) met in Riyadh recently and shared good memories of Coase Institute people and workshops. Eduardo Araral is on the faculty of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Chenli You is Senior Economist, Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia.
ALUMNI NEWS - September 2022
Maria Yudkevich (2008 Beijing) and Yaroslav Kuzminov have just published a comprehensive analysis of higher education in Russia through history. The book, Higher Education in Russia, is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Chicheng Ma (2009 Xiamen) has been awarded the Arthur Cole prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Economic History in 2021. His paper is Knowledge Diffusion and Intellectual Change: When Chinese Literati Met European Jesuits.
Mihaly Kopanyi (2002 St. Louis) has just had his fourth book Managing County Assets and Liabilities in Kenya published by the World Bank. The book is downloadable here.
ALUMNI NEWS - July 2022
The Coase Institute held an alumni dinner during the 2022 SIOE conference in Toronto. A dozen RCI alumni, faculty, and friends dined together in the patio of an Italian restaurant.
During dinner, David Skarbek (2011 Chicago) received the 2021 Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Ashutosh Thakur (2021 Webworkshop) received the 2022 Ronald Coase Best Dissertation Award from the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (SIOE) in Toronto on June 25, 2022.
Jan Vogler (2018 Bratislava) with co-author Pawel Charasz has won the SAGE Award for the best article published in European Union Politics. The paper is Does EU Funding Improve Local State Capacity? Evidence from Polish Municipalities.
Laetitia Renee (2021 Webworkshop) has accepted a position as assistant professor of economics at the University of Montreal.
Alexey Makarin (2012 Beijing) has accepted a position as assistant professor in the applied economics group, MIT Sloan School of Management.
ALUMNI NEWS - February 2022
Juan Felipe Riano (2019 Warsaw) will be a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University's King Center on Global Development for the coming year. He will then start in August 2023 as assistant professor in the Economics Department at Georgetown University.
Eduardo Araral (2004 Tucson) is currently a fellow at Stanford University at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Through its history, the Center has hosted as fellows many scholars interested in institutional analysis, including Kenneth Arrow, Ronald Coase, Robert Fogel, Douglass North, and Oliver Williamson.
Jiwei Qian (2008 Singapore) has recently published two books: Innovation and China’s Global Emergence, University of Singapore Press, 2021, co-editor; and The Political Economy of Making and Implementing Social Policy in China, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
Jan Vogler (2018 Bratislava) with co-author Dan Gingerich has won the Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for the best paper in comparative politics from the Midwest Political Science Association. The paper is Pandemics and Political Development: The Electoral Legacy of the Black Death in Germany. Vogler presented this paper last year in the Coase Institute's panel at SIOE 2021.
Elio Ferrato (2004 Tucson) passed away on January 21, 2022. He is greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues.
ALUMNI NEWS - December 2021
Niva Golan-Nadir (2015 Tel Aviv) has just published Public Preferences and Institutional Designs: Israel and Turkey Compared, Palgrave Macmillan 2021. She is a research associate at the University of Albany, SUNY, USA, and a faculty member at Reichman University and the Open University of Israel.
Yang Yao (2001 Rio) is writing a new edition of his book Institutions and Efficiency: A Dialogue with Douglass North. At Peking University, he is currently Liberal Arts Chair Professor, Dean of the National School of Development, Executive Dean of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, and Director of the China Center for Economic Research.
ALUMNI NEWS - September 2021
Juerg Sprecher (2005 Barcelona) is the Ambassador of Switzerland to Venezuela since September 2020. His responsibilities also include Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago as well as CARICOM-Caribbean Community.
Esther Mwangi (2005 Barcelona) passed away on October 5, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. A scientist, scholar, and public policy expert who focused on forest property rights, she was most recently at the Center for International Forestry Research. She is greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues.
ALUMNI NEWS - July 2021
Shitong Qiao (2012 Beijing) is joining Duke University as tenured Professor of Law. During 2020-2021 he also served as Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University.
Jordan Adamson (2014 Manila) is assistant professor in the Institute of Empirical Economic Research, Leipzig University, Germany.
Xinyu Fan (2017 Xiamen) is assistant professor at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China.
Maiting Zhuang (2017 Xiamen) is assistant professor in the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Jan Vogler (2018 Bratislava) has received honorable mentions for his doctoral dissertation on variation in public bureaucracies from 1) the Ernst B. Haas award committee for best dissertation in European politics and society, given within APSA, and 2) the Ronald H. Coase award committee for the best dissertation in institutional and organizational economics, given by SIOE.
ALUMNI NEWS - April 2021
Konstantin Sonin (2002 Cambridge) has received the 2021 Best Paper Award from the American Economic Journal for his paper "Social Media and Corruption." The award is for the best paper published in American Economic journal: Applied Economics over the last three years. Co-authors are Ruben Enikolopov and Maria Petrova. The full article is available here.
David Skarbek (2011 Chicago) has received the 2021 Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, International Section, for his book The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World.
Georgy Ganev (2001 Berkeley) has been elected a Member of Parliament in Bulgaria. He serves as the chair of the parliamentary budget and finance committee.
Other alumni who have been members of Parliament include Miroslav Beblavy (2001 Berkeley) in the Slovak Republic and Jamus Lim (2008 Singapore) in Singapore.
Jan Vogler (2018 Bratislava) has accepted a position as assistant professor in quantitative social science at the University of Konstanz, Germany.
ALUMNI NEWS - October 2020
Chenli You (2010 Shanghai) has completed his PhD at the University of Illinois–Chicago. He has accepted a position as Senior Economist with the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.
Meelis Kitsing (2004 Tucson) is now Rector and Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Business School. He also serves there as professor of political economy and professor of economics and finance.
ALUMNI NEWS - August 2020
Jamus Lim (2008 Singapore) has been elected into the Parliament of Singapore in the 2020 Singapore general election.
Ranjan Ghosh (2012 Santiago) and Yugank Goyal (2013 Xiamen) have published an essay on Oliver Williamson's life and contributions in the July 11, 2020 issue of Economic & Political Weekly.
Sebastian Galiani (2001 Rio, 2002 St. Louis) is presenting a series of his research ideas in 3-minute videos. They are available on YouTube here.
ALUMNI NEWS - April 2020
William Cheung (2014 Manila) has been promoted with tenure in the Business School, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Niva Golan-Nadir (2015 Tel Aviv) has completed her PhD and is adjunct lecturer at Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya; Department of Political Science, The Open University of Israel.
Zhimin Liao (2008 Beijing) has been promoted to professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai.
Xiaofang Chen (2008 Beijing) has been promoted to associate professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai.
Steven Shiqi Guo (2014 Manila) has been visiting Harvard University this year and will join the faculty of Shanghai Jiao Tong University this August.
Seo-young Silvia Kim (2013 Xiamen) is completing her doctoral studies at California Institute of Technology and will become an assistant professor of government at American University, Washington, DC, this August.
Lu Yu (2017 Bogota) is now assistant professor in the Division of Land Management, Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China.
Kazi Ali Toufique (2001 Berkeley) passed away on February 11, 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was a research director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.
ALUMNI NEWS - December 2019
Patrick Mardini (2017 Xiamen) was among six finalists worldwide for the Atlas Network’s 2019 Templeton Freedom Award. His nomination was for the work of his Lebanese Institute for Market Studies to reform electricity production in Lebanon. Finalists received $25,000 prizes.
Mario Villarreal-Diaz (2002 Cambridge, 2003 Budapest) is managing director and senior scholar, Center for Enterprise and Policy Analytics, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.
Andrew Ayres (2015 Hong Kong) is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.
Zhangfeng Jin (2014 Manila) has graduated from the University of Nottingham and is now a research fellow at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
Jan Vogler (2018 Bratislava) has completed his PhD and is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Virginia. He has received an Adam Smith Fellowship for 2019-2020.
Hanwei Huang (2012 Beijing) has completed his post-doc at University College London and is assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong.
Christiano Cunha (2011 Chicago) is professor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Limeira, Brazil.
Wentian Diao (2018 Bratislava) is a PhD student in economics at the National University of Singapore.
Suphawatchara Malanond (2018 Bratislava) is a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow at American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA for 2019-2020.
Özge Öner (2015 Hong Kong) has received the Young Researcher Award 2019 in Stockholm from the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum for her research on the geography of firms and entrepreneurship, self-employment, and the importance of local institutions for the business environment. The prize is given annually to a researcher under the age of 35. She is now university lecturer in the Department of Land Economics, University of Cambridge.
Farhan Majid (2017 Bogota) recently gave a Tedx talk at Rice University titled "Busting Myths About Health and Wealth." It covers findings from economics and epidemiology on the fetal origins of health and wealth.
ALUMNI NEWS - September 2019
Linchuan Yang (2019 Warsaw) is now professor in the Department of Urban and Rural Planning, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China.
Ninghua Du (2008 Singapore) is now professor in the School of Economics, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
Egor Lazarev (2010 Moscow) will join the Department of Political Science at Yale as an assistant professor in 2020. This coming year, he'll be a Fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.
Yiqing Xu (2009 Xiamen) is now assistant professor of political science at Stanford University.
Jing Li (2008 Beijing) has been appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Comparative Asian Development (Routledge).
Bria Yifei Yan (2015 Tel Aviv) has completed her PhD at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. This September she will join the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics, as LSE Fellow.
Michael Rochlitz (2012 Beijing) has just been appointed professor of institutional change in the Department of Economics, University of Bremen. His book with Alexander Libman, Federalism in China and Russia, will soon be published by Edward Elgar Publishing.
Tomas Zelinsky (2015 Tel Aviv) has just been awarded a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship by the EU. He will spend two years at Monash University in Australia, then a year at Durham University in the UK.
Flavianne Fernanda Bitencourt Nobrega (2006 Boulder) is organizing the IV International Colloquy of Legal Pragmatism and Philosophy of Law. with the theme: "Barriers to Institutional Development: Corruption," June 26-28, 2019 in Recife, Brazil.
Xiaofang Chen (2008 Beijing) has been promoted to tenured associate professor at East China University of Political Science and Law.
Several alumni attended the alumni dinner May 15, 2019 at the 2019 Warsaw workshop. During dinner, Maroš Servátka (2005 Barcelona) was awarded the 2018 Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement.
In Stockholm during the alumni dinner at SIOE, June 27, 2019, Konstantin Sonin (2002 Cambridge) was awarded the 2017 Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement.
ALUMNI NEWS - December 2018
Yuan Li (2010 Shanghai) recently published a paper on public choice with Jiwei Qian (2008 Singapore). He has also edited two special issues for a journal, has an edited volume forthcoming with Routledge, and has organized 8 conferences and workshops in Europe and China.
Ke Fan (2016 Tallinn) has completed her PhD and is doing a postdoc at South China University of Technology and Guangdong Urban and Rural Planning and Design Institute.
Christiano Franca da Cunha (2011 Chicago) will do a postdoc in 2019 at Universite Paris 1 (Pantheon Sorbonne).
David Soto (2014 Manila) is a Fulbright postdoctoral visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University for 2 years. Lu Zhou (2015 Hong Kong) is also a visiting scholar there.
Renato Molina (2017 Xiamen) is an assistant professor of environmental and resource economics at the University of Miami.
ALUMNI NEWS - August 2018
William Cheung (2014 Manila) has received the Award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student from the University of Hong Kong, recognizing exceptional quality of PhD thesis and outstanding performance.
Patrick Mardini (2017 Xiamen) is now associate professor of finance at the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
Hanwei Huang (2012 Beijing) has completed his PhD in economics at the London School of Economics. During 2018-2019, he will work at University College London as research associate in the Department of Economics. After that, he will serve as assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong.
Yang Zhang (2012 Beijing) has just completed his PhD in economics at Cornell University and will join Cornerstone Research in New York City, working on antitrust issues and intellectual property issues in health care and the pharmaceutical industry.
Bo Yang (2017 Xiamen) has begun graduate studies in strategic management at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.
At the 2018 SIOE conference held at HEC Montreal in Montreal, two dozen alumni and faculty attended the Coase Institute alumni dinner in a traditional French brasserie.
During the conference, four alumni presented papers in a panel on political economy:
Marc Goni (2015 Hong Kong), Katrina Kosec (2008 Beijing), Ning Leng (2015 Hong Kong), and Alberto Simpser (2005 Barcelona).
Sebastian Galiani (2001 Rio, 2002 St. Louis) has completed his term as Deputy Minister of the Treasury in Argentina, where he served for 18 months. He worked on a comprehensive tax reform, a fiscal responsibility law, and a pension reform approved by Congress at the end of 2017. He returns to the University of Maryland, where he is full professor in the department of economics.
ALUMNI NEWS - April 2018
Qi Han (2008 Beijing) received his PhD from the University of California-Davis and is now a faculty member at Southwest University of Finance and Economics, China.
ALUMNI NEWS - November 2017
Konstantin Sonin (2002 Cambridge) is now John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.
Katalin Szabo (2002 St. Louis) passed away on October 10, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. She and her husband Balazs Hamori (2002 St. Louis) were founders of the Hungarian Society for New Institutional Economics. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues, and students.
ALUMNI NEWS - July 2017
At the SIOE conference at Columbia University in New York City in June, 30 alumni and faculty attended the Coase Institute alumni dinner, held in a restaurant garden.
During SIOE, the Coase Institute presented a panel on political institutions and political markets. Also, David Szakonyi (2013 Xiamen) and Alan Zarychta (2015 Hong Kong) were 2 of the 3 finalists for the SIOE Coase Award for best thesis.
Jiwei Qian (2008 Singapore) is co-editor of the book series Social Policy and Development Studies in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan).
Jordan Adamson (2014 Manila) will join Chapman University in the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy as research associate in economcs.
David Skarbek (2011 Chicago) has accepted a position at Brown University as tenured associate professor of political science.
Miroslav Beblavy (2001 Berkeley) is a member of the Slovak Parliament since 2010 and a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies.
Jacek Lewkowicz (2015 Tel Aviv) is now an assistant professor at the University of Warsaw.
Jiwei Qian (2008 Singapore) is co-editor of the book series Social Policy and Development Studies in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan).
Stefano Pascucci (2011 Chicago) is now professor in sustainability and circular economy at the University of Exeter Business School.
Dmitriy Vorobyev (2016 Tallinn) is taking a post-doc position next year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He'll be working there with Scott Gehlbach.
Jinyu Liu (2016 Tallinn) has graduated from Tsinghua University and is now an assistant professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing.
ALUMNI NEWS - June 2017
At the Coase workshop in Xiamen in May, nearly a dozen alumni joined participants and faculty for the traditional alumni dinner on May 18. During the evening, Yang Yao (2001 Rio) received the 2016 Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Alan Zarychta (2015 Hong Kong) has been awarded the American Political Science Association's 2017 Leonard D. White Award for best dissertation in the field of public administration.
Yunzhi Hu (2010 Shanghai) is joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as assistant professor.
William K.S. Cheung (2014 Manila) will join the Department of Property, University of Auckland as tenure-track lecturer.
Silvester van Koten (2009 Bratislava) has been appointed chair of the Department of Institutional, Environmental and Experimental Economics at the University of Economics in Prague.
Tu Anh Vu Thanh (2002 Cambridge) is now dean of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Justine Diokno-Sicat (2008 Philippines) recently received tenure at the University of the Philippines School of Business.
Lulu Liu (2015 Tel Aviv) is joining Amazon and will be moving to Seattle.
Anna Faria (2016 Tallinn) will join the Department of Economics, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs as assistant professor.
Darwyyn Deyo (2012 Santiago) is joining the Department of Economics, San Jose State University as assistant professor.
ALUMNI NEWS - January 2017
Sebastian Galiani (2001 Rio, 2002 St. Louis) has just been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Finance for Argentina.
ALUMNI NEWS - December 2016
Eduardo Araral (2004 Tucson) will receive a 2016 Presidential Award in the Philippines this December. The Pamana ng Pilipino Award honors Filipinos overseas who have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in their work.
Sebastian Galiani (2001 Rio, 2002 St. Louis) has received a 2016 Konex Foundation Merit Diploma in economic development. These prizes honor Argentinians making the most distinguished achievements over the past decade in educational, scientific, and other fields.
Ranjan Ghosh (2012 Santiago) will join the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad as assistant professor in March 2017.
Andrew Pua (2008 Philippines) is assistant professor at the Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics, Xiamen University.
Estomih Nkya (2002 Cambridge, 2004 Tucson, 2005 Barcelona) died after a long illness on June 8, 2016 in Morogoro, Tanzania. Friends, colleagues, and students will miss him greatly.
Fabio Chaddad (2001 Berkeley) died on November 24, 2016 after a long illness in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is greatly missed by his students, colleagues, and friends.
ALUMNI NEWS - September 2016
Yiqing Xu (2009 Xiamen) received the 2014 John T. Williams dissertation prize of the Society for Political Methodology. His papers have been published in The Journal of Politics, The American Political Science Review, and Political Analysis, among many. He also writes column articles for major Chinese media including Caixin, LifeWeek, and WSJ (China).
Valentin Seidler (2012 Santiago) has received a three-year Erwin Schroedinger Fellowship. He will pursue his research program while at Warwick University, Groningen University, and the University of Vienna.
David Skarbek (2012 Chicago) has received the William H. Riker Award from the American Political Science Association for his book The Social Order of the Underworld. The prize is given every three years for the best book on political economy. Previous winners have included Elinor Ostrom, Daron Acemoglu, and James Robinson.
Chen Cheng (2010 Moscow) is assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Jing Li (2008 Beijing) will be assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Rui Zhang (2015 Hong Kong) is a visiting student at Yale University until September 2017.
Desiree Desierto (2008 Philippines) is spending a year as research fellow at the Handa Center at Stanford University. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dalson Figueiredo (2009 Bratislava) has received a grant from the British Academy to study transparency in government institutions and higher education in Brazil. His paper with Mariana Batista (2011 Chicago) and others received the 2016 best paper prize from the Brazilian Political Science Association.
Bert Bo Zhao (2015 Tel Aviv) is now an assistant professor in the School of Finance at the University of Nankai, China.
William K. S. Cheung (2014 Manila) will be a Fulbright Fellow starting in September at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
A crystal trophy for the 2015 Award for Outstanding Achievement was presented to Sebastian Galiani (2001 Rio, 2002 St. Louis) during the workshop in Tallinn.
ALUMNI NEWS - January 2016
Khrystyna Pavlyk (2009 Bratislava) is currently a Carnegie scholar at Harvard University, doing research on social entrepreneurship.
Ninghua Zhong (2008 Singapore) has been promoted to full professor at Tongji University. His 2013 paper in the Journal of Labor Economics with Yang Yao (2001 Rio) won the 2015 Sun Yefang Economic Science Award, the highest award on economics in China.
Lei Zhang (2010 Shanghai) is now Publisher for Economics and STM Journals at Elsevier. She is based in Amsterdam.
Galina Belokurova (2011 Chicago) has just completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin. She is Assistant Director of Institutional Research at West Coast University.
Several alumni attended the Tel Aviv workshop alumni dinner in December 2015. During the evening, Sebastian Galiani (2001 Rio, 2002 St. Louis) received the 2015 Award for Outstanding Achievement.
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Also see Alumni News 2015 and earlier.
Ronald Coase Institute
ISNIE/SIOE - Best Dissertation Prize
Global Development Network - Prizes, Medals
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