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The Ronald Coase Institute
Webworkshop on Institutional Analysis
Online workshop November 28 - December 7, 2022

Applications are closed

We are excited to offer again our online program for young scholars worldwide: the Ronald Coase Institute Webworkshop on Institutional Analysis.   Participants learn to improve their research and presentation skills while deepening their knowledge of institutional analysis. This program is adapted from our highly acclaimed in-person workshops

Some participants and faculty From 2019 Warsaw workshop
Simulation with recent participants and faculty

Attend this small and highly focused online program to
   Present your research in new ways and receive extensive feedback from faculty and other participants:
     informally in a small group
     formally before the entire workshop
     in an elevator-pitch competition, summarizing your work very briefly.
   Receive intensive mentoring throughout from six full-time faculty. Additional faculty will join them to comment on final presentations.
   Hear faculty including a Nobel laureate discuss institutional research and their strategies to formulate questions, develop analysis, and communicate results.
   Network closely with faculty and other young scholars who have an enduring interest in institutional analysis. Upon graduation, become part of a scholarly network with alumni from 77 countries.
   To encourage excellent interactions, the scale will be small:
   12 participants and 6 core faculty
, plus lecturers and discussants.

Faculty will include Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), Lee Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), Sebastian Galiani (University of Maryland), Georgy Egorov (Northwestern University), Georgy Ganev (Sofia University), Scott Gehlbach (University of Chicago), Philip Keefer (Inter-American Development Bank), Marc Law (University of Vermont), Claude Menard (University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, emeritus), Roger Myerson (University of Chicago), Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), David Skarbek (Brown University), Konstantin Sonin (University of Chicago), Barry Weingast (Stanford University), Colin Xu (World Bank), and more.

Organizers and administrator
The organizers are Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute) and Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute).  The administrator is Darin Hargis (Ronald Coase Institute).

The webworkshop will meet during 5 days within the period November 28 - December 7, 2022, meeting for 4-5 hours each day. Meeting days willl alternate with break days, giving participants time to reflect on ideas and revise their own presentations. Participants must attend all online sessions with their cameras on, and give as well as receive feedback. The pace will be focused and rewarding.

Who is eligible?
Social scientists early in their academic/professional careers and advanced graduate students, in economics, political science, law, and other social sciences.
Work already published is not eligible, and participants of earlier Coase Institute workshops are not eligible.

Twelve participants will be selected competitively on the basis of their research abstracts, CVs, and references.  Abstracts will be evaluated on the clarity and importance of the research question, analysis, and institutional focus.  Projects with empirically testable implications are preferred. Admissions decisions will be announced by the start of November.

Applications are closed

The registration fee to attend the webworkshop is $200 USD.

Learn more about past workshops here.

Webinar by Mary Shirley and Claude Menard

Mary Shirley and Claude Menard discussed their recently published Advanced Introduction to New Institutional Economics during a Coase Institute webinar April 14, 2022. Philip Keefer was the commentator.

  • Mary Shirley

    Mary Shirley

  • Ckaude Menard

    Claude Menard

  • Philip Keefer

    Philip Keefer

|Webinar on Advanced Introduction to New Institutional Economics|

Webinar by Philip Keefer and Carlos Scartascini

Philip Keefer and Carlos Scartascini discussed the low levels of trust within Latin America and the consequences for social cohesion and development, during this Coase Institute webinar February 25, 2022. Gustavo Torrens was the interviewer.

  • Philip Keefer

    Philip Keefer

  • Carlos Scartascini

    Carlos Scartascini

  • Gustavo Torrens

    Gustavo Torrens

|Webinar on Levels of Trust within Latin America - Measurement and Implications|

Advanced Introduction to New Institutional Economics

Advanced Introduction to New Institutional Economics, edited by Claude Menard and Mary Shirley, has been published by Elward Elgar Publishers. The book explores NIE’s answers to fundamental questions about the organization, growth, and development of economies. Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why are activities organized as firms or markets or through alternative organizational solutions? When are shared resources overexploited?
  • Advanced Introduction to NIE

Faculty Receive Lifetime Awards at SIOE 2021

The Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics (SIOE) has awarded the 2021 Elinor Ostrom Lifetime Achievement Award to Avner Greif and to Gary Libecap for their sustained and significant contributions to institutional and organizational economics. Both have served as faculty in Coase Institute workshops.

  • Avner Greif

    Avner Greif

  • Gary Libecap

    Gary Libecap

Webinar by David Skarbek

David Skarbek discussed the use of qualitative methods in the social sciences and why using them can be especially valuable for analyzing institutions, during this Coase Institute webinar September 23, 2021. A Q&A session followed.

  • David Skarbek

    David Skarbek

|Webinar on Using Qualitative Methods to Analyze Institutions|

Webinar by Sam Peltzman

Sam Peltzman discussed the editorial process that articles undergo when they are submtted to economics journals, with a detailed analysis of this process at The Journal of Law and Economics. In this April 22, 2021 webinar, he also discussed major trends that journal editors perceive currently, and offers his advice to young scholars. A Q&A session followed.

  • Sam Peltzman

    Sam Peltzman

|Webinar on Economics Journals: An Editor's View|

Mary Shirley in Podcast

Technology Policy Institute's podcast "Two Think Minimum" recently featured Mary Shirley on the role that institutions play in economic development. Speaking with Scott Wallsten and Sarah Oh of TPI, she discussed the importance of intellectual freedom and a vibrant marketplace for ideas.

  • Mary Shirley

    Mary Shirley

See Podcast.

Webinar by Colin Xu

Colin Xu shared his philosophy for dealing with research challenges in a Coase Institute webinar, March 4, 2021. He offered insights from Zen to assist young scholars in finding their career path, moving along the path, and sustaining their drive. A Q&A session follows.

  • Colin Xu

    Colin Xu

|Webinar on Practicing Economics via Zen|

Webinar by Gary Libecap and Dean Lueck

Gary Libecap and Dean Lueck discussed their path-breaking research on land demarcation systems during the inaugural webinar of the Ronald Coase Institute, December 1, 2020. They also offered advice to young scholars on how to do good research. A Q&A session followed with the audience of workshop alumni and faculty.

  • Gary Libecap

    Gary Libecap

  • Dean Lueck

    Dean Lueck

|Webinar on Land Demarcation|

Who We Are

See this video about the Ronald Coase Institute.

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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)

    "Academic-life-changing experience, no kidding" (Beijing)

    "One of the best things I've done in my career" (Warsaw)

Group gathering at Shanghai workshop