Online Materials by and about Ronald Coase

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By Ronald Coase
Autobiography
Autobiographical sketch

1937 The Nature of the Firm
The Nature of the Firm

1938, 1973 Business Organization and the Accountant
L.S.E. Essays on Cost (1973, shortened from 1938 version)

1960 The Problem of Social Cost
The Problem of Social Cost (PDF)

1991 The Institutional Structure of Production
Nobel prize lecture, December 9, 1991

1991 Speech
Speech at the Nobel banquet

1997 Interview
Interview in Reason Magazine

1997 Interview about NIE
Interview about new institutional economics

1999 Speech to ISNIE
Speech on the task of the Society

2001 Interview (video)
Conversation about his life and work, with Richard Epstein
The interview is also outlined here.

2002 Why Economics Will Change
Speech on why economics will and ought to change

2003 Coase Centennial Speech (video)
Speech at the University of Chicago Law School, April 1, 2003

2004 CEI Interview (video)
Discusses market pricing, antitrust, health care, intellectual property,
April 28, 2004

2008 China's Economic Transformation: Program
July 14-18, 2008 conference organized by Ronald Coase

2008 China's Economic Transformation: Opening Remarks
Address to conference, July 14, 2008

2009 Markets, Firms, and Property Rights (video)
Coase's talk November 23, 2009 at conference celebrating his research.

2012 WSJ Opinion Article, with Ning Wang
Opinion article by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang concerning the development
of modern China, in the Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2012

2012 Conversation on How China Became Capitalist (video)
Discussion with Ning Wang concerning their book

2012 On Economics (video)
Short commentary on economics

2012 EconTalk Interview (audio)
Library of Economics and Liberty interview with Ronald Coase about his career, current state of economics, and the Chinese economy, May 8, 2012

2012 Harvard Business Review Article
Article by Ronald Coase concerning the need to reengage modern economics
with the economy, in the Harvard Business Review, December 2012

2012 Small Business Economics Interview on 102nd Birthday
Interview conducted by Siri Terjesen and Ning Wang. Includes biographical information, thoughts on academic scholarship, and perspective on the field of entrepreneurship

2013 Cato Policy Report Article, with Ning Wang
Article by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang summarizing the work of their book
on China, in the Cato Policy Report, January/February 2013

2013 NetEase China Interview (video)
Interview with Ronald Coase by Ning Wang.
(Some material is in Chinese.)


Collected Papers
Coase's Collected Papers, University of Chicago Library
Guide to the Ronald H. Coase Papers 1805-2013 at the University of Chicago Library: 186 boxes in the Special Collections Research Center

Experiencing the 1991 Nobel Prize ceremonies
From the archives: account by Marian Coase


About Ronald Coase
Nobel award
1991 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences
in memory of Alfred Nobel

Coase's work in perspective
Nobel Foundation, on the 1991 prize in economics

Presentation speech
Lars Werin on Coase's contributions

Essay on Coase's work
The Swedes Get It Right, by David Friedman

Boston Globe coverage of Coase's work
by David Warsh, 1991

2012 Study of Most-Cited Law Review Articles of All Time
The Problem of Social Cost is the most cited law review article of all time,
with 5,157 citations

2013 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award
Award for How China Became Capitalist by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang

London School of Economics
Biographical entry

University of Chicago Record
Tributes to Coase

Sources for selected articles
References and sources for obtaining selected articles

Photo collection
Collected photographs from several locations


Remembering
Ronald Coase in Remembrance
Sessions honoring Coase in memory, reflections by alumni and faculty, obituaries, press coverage


JSTOR Texts of Coase's Work
Complete texts of published articles and reviews
available online through organizations subscribing to
JSTOR, the scholarly journal archive (www.jstor.org).

Articles
2000 The Acquisition of Fisher Body by General Motors
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 43, No. 1 (April 2000), pp. 15-31.

1998 Comment on Thomas W. Hazlett: Assigning Property Rights to Radio Spectrum Users:
Why Did FCC License Auctions Take 67 Years?

Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 41, No. 2, Part 2 (October 1998), pp. 577-580.

1998 The New Institutional Economics
(in The New Institutional Economics)
The American Economic Review, Vol. 88, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings of the Hundred and Tenth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, (May 1998), pp. 72-74.

1997 The Roundtable Discussion
(with Richard A. Epstein, Gary S. Becker, Merton H. Miller, Richard A. Posner), The University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 4 (Autumn, 1997), pp 1132-1165.

1996 Law and Economics and A. W. Brian Simpson
Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1 (January 1996), pp. 103-119.

1993 Law and Economics at Chicago
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 36, No. 1, Part 2 (April 1993), pp. 239-254.

1992 The Institutional Structure of Production
The American Economic Review, Vol. 82, No. 4 (September 1992), pp. 713-719.

1991 Contracts and the Activities of Firms
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 34, No. 2, Part 2 (October 1991), pp. 451-52.

1988 Blackmail
Virginia Law Review, Vol. 74, No. 4 (May 1988), pp. 655-676.

1988 The Nature of the Firm: Origin
Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1988), pp. 3-17.

1988 The Nature of the Firm: Meaning
Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1988), pp. 19-32.

1988 The Nature of the Firm: Influence
Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1988), pp. 33-47.

1981 The Coase Theorem and the Empty Core: A Comment
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 24, No. 1 (April 1981), pp. 183-187.

1979 Payola in Radio and Television Broadcasting
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 22, No. 2 (October 1979), pp. 269-328.

1978 Economics and Contiguous Disciplines
The Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2 (June 1978), pp. 201-211.

1978 Discussion
(in Economics and Biology: Evolution, Selection, and the Economic Principle)
The American Economic Review, Vol. 68, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings of the Ninetieth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, (May 1978), pp. 244-245.

1977 Advertising and Free Speech
The Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1 (January 1977), pp. 1-34.

1976 Adam Smith's View of Man
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 19, No. 3 (October 1976), pp. 529-546.

1976 1776: The Revolution in Social Thought
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 19, No. 3 (October 1976), unnumbered page.

1975 Marshall on Method
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 18, No. 1 (April 1975), pp. 25-31.

1974 The Lighthouse in Economics
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 17, No. 2 (October 1974), pp. 357-376

1974 The Choice of the Institutional Framework: A Comment
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 17, No. 2 (October 1974), pp. 493-496.

1974 The Market for Goods and the Market for Ideas
(in The Economics of the First Amendment)
The American Economic Review, Vol. 64, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings of the Eighty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, (May 1974), pp. 384-391.

1972 The Appointment of Pigou as Marshall's Successor
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 15, No. 2 (October 1972), pp. 473-485.

1972 Durability and Monopoly
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 15, No. 1 (April 1972), pp. 143-149.

1970 The Theory of Public Utility Pricing and Its Application
The Bell Journal of Economics and Management Science, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1970), pp. 113-128.

1970 The Auction System and North Sea Gas: A Comment
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 13, No. 1 (April 1970), pp. 45-47.

1966 In Honor of Aaron Director
Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 9 (October 1966), p. 1.

1966 The Economics of Broadcasting and Government Policy
(in The Economics of Broadcasting and Advertising)
The American Economic Review, Vol. 56, No. 1/2 (March 1966), pp.440-447.

1965 Discussion of "Evaluation of Public Policy Relating to Radio and Television Broadcasting: Social and Economic Issues"
(with H.H. Goldin), Land Economics, Vo. 41, No. 2 (May, 1965), pp. 167-168.

1965 Evaluation of Public Policy Relating to Radio and Television Broadcasting: Social and Economic Issues
Land Economics, Vo. 41, No. 2 (May, 1965), pp. 161-167.

1964 Discussion
(in The Regulated Industries, with Ernest W. Williams, Jr.)
The American Economic Review, Vol. 54, No. 3, Papers and Proceedings of the Seventy-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, (May 1964), pp. 192-197.

1962 The Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee
Journal of Law and Economics Vol. 5 (October 1962), pp. 17-47.

1961 The British Post Office and the Messenger Companies
Journal of Law and Economics Vol. 4 (October 1961), pp. 12-65.

1960 The Problem of Social Cost
Journal of Law and Economics Vol. 3 (October 1960), pp. 1-44.

1959 The Federal Communications Commission
Journal of Law and Economics Vol. 2 (October 1959), pp. 1-40.

1954 The Development of the British Television Service
Land Economics, Vol 30, No 3 (Aug, 1954), pp. 207-222.

1953 Discussion
(in Governmental Economic Activity, with M. Slade Kendrick and Theodore C. Mesmer)
The American Economic Review, Vol. 43, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings of the Sixty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, (May 1953), pp. 234-242.

1950 The Nationalization of Electricity Supply in Great Britain
Land Economics, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Feb, 1950), pp. 1-16.

1948 Wire Broadcasting in Great Britain
Economica, New Series, Vol. 15, No. 59 (August 1948), pp. 194-220.

1947 The Origin of the Monopoly of Broadcasting in Great Britain
Economica, New Series, Vol. 14, No. 55 (August 1947), pp. 189-210.

1947 The Marginal Cost Controversy: Some Further Comments
Economica, New Series, Vol. 14, No. 54 (May 1947), pp. 150-153.

1946 Monopoly Pricing with Interrelated Costs and Demands
Economica, New Series, Vol. 13, No. 52 (November 1946), pp. 278-294.

1946 The Marginal Cost Controversy
Economica, New Series, Vol. 13, No. 51 (August 1946), pp. 169-182.

1945 Price and Output Policy of State Enterprise: A Comment
(in Notes and Memoranda)
The Economic Journal, Vol. 55, No. 217 (April 1945), pp. 112-113.

1940 The Analysis of Producers' Expectations
(with R. F. Fowler)
Economica, New Series, Vol. 7, No. 27 (August 1940), pp. 280-292.

1939 Rowland Hill and the Penny Post
Economica, New Series, Vol. 6, No. 24 (November 1939), pp. 423-435.

1937 The Nature of the Firm
Economica, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 16 (November 1937), pp. 386-405.

1937 Some Notes on Monopoly Price
The Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (October 1937), pp. 17-31.

1937 The Pig-Cycle in Great Britain: An Explanation
(with R. F. Fowler)
Economica, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 13 (February 1937), pp. 55-82.

1935 The Pig-Cycle: A Rejoinder
(with R. F. Fowler)
Economica, New Series, Vol. 2, No. 8 (November 1935), pp. 423-428.

1935 Bacon Production and the Pig-Cycle in Great Britain
(with R. F. Fowler)
Economica, New Series, Vol. 2, No. 6 (May 1935), pp. 142-167.

1935 The Problem of Duopoly Reconsidered
The Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 2, No. 2 (February 1935), pp. 137-143.

Reviews of Others' Work
1977 Reviewed Work: Selected Economic Essays and Addresses by Arnold Plant
Journal of Economic Literature, Vo.. 15, No. 1 (Mar. 1977), pp. 86-88.

1954 Reviewed Work: The Role of Mergers in the Growth of Large Firms by J. Fred Weston
The American Economic Review, Vol. 44, No. 1 (March 1954), pp. 203-204.

1939 Reviewed Work: Competition and Monopoly in Public Utility Industries by B. N. Behling
The Economic Journal, Vol. 49, No. 196 (December 1939), pp. 757-758.

1939 Reviewed Work: Report of the Committee on Prices in the Bituminous Coal Industry.
Economica, New Series, Vol. 6, No. 24 (November 1939), p. 480.

1939 Reviewed Work: Monopoly and Competition in the English Coal Trade 1550-1850 by Paul M. Sweezy
Economica, New Series, Vol. 6, No. 24 (November 1939), pp. 480-481.

1939 Reviewed Work: Trade Revival in a Depressed Area by D. Caradog Jones
Economica, New Series, Vol. 6, No. 22 (May 1939), p. 232.

1938 Reviewed Work: The British Gas Industry: An Economic Study by Philip Chantler
The Economic Journal, Vol. 48, No. 192 (December 1938), pp. 727-728.

1938 Reviewed Work: British Experiments in Public Ownership and Control by Terence H. O'Brien
Economica, New Series, Vol. 5, No. 20 (November 1938), pp. 485-487.

1937 Reviewed Work: The Framework of the Pricing System by E. H. Phelps Brown
Economica, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 16 (November 1937), pp. 476-477.

1937 Reviewed Work: Earnings of Skilled Workers in a Manufacturing Enterprise, 1878-1930 by E. B. Alderfer
Economica, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 13 (February 1937), pp. 115-116.

Translations of Coase's Work
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