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Job Opening: Postdoc on Economic Governance of Data-driven Markets

By Jens Prüfer

The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) advertises a position for a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Economic Governance of Data-driven Markets (starting date: September 2018). This is a three-year position targeted at promising researchers in economics or related...

Public-Private Collaboration, Hybridity and Social Value - a Special Issue

Guest post by Bertrand Quelin

Hybrid forms of collaboration with mixed economic and social interests represent a phenomenon receiving growing attention in organization science and management studies. Now a special issue on "Public-Private Collaboration, Hybrid Organizational Design and...

Session on Contract Governance at 2018 ASSA Annual Meeting

By Robert Gibbons

SIOE will organize a session on Contract Governance at the upcoming ASSA Meetings in Philadelphia, January 5-7. Broadly speaking, “contract governance” means choices that are made after the contract is signed. And, in turn, “choices” connotes the exercise of discretion...

Hadfield's Rules for a Flat World

Gillian Hadfield recently published an important new book, Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy , which is of interest to the SIOE community due to the combination of economics and legal research upon which it draws. Rules for a Flat...

Hart - Holmström - Gibbons - Lafontaine: the video

By Jens Prüfer

Imagine two scholars of organizational economics had just won the Nobel Prize and SIOE would like to celebrate that event. What to do? Obviously, you would want the laureates to speak about their work and, in particular, to sketch areas of promising future research. But...

Computational Social Science - video of Duncan Watt's keynote talk

By Jens Prüfer

Last week we put up a video of Matthew Jackson's keynote speech at SIOE 2017 at Columbia University. Now, here is the second keynote lecture: Duncan Watts (Cornell University and Microsoft Research) is speaking about "Computational Social Science: Exciting Progress and...

Workshops on Institutional Analysis and Economic Governance

By Jens Prüfer

Here are two workshop announcements that may be of interest for researchers in IOE :

The Ronald Coase Institute Workshop on Institutional Analysis invites young scholars to apply (December 10-16, 2017, Bogota, Colombia) The Workshop on Economic Governance of Data-...

Informal Networks and Formal Institutions-video of Matt Jackson's keynote

By Jens Prüfer

Matthew Jackson , William D. Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, gave a keynote lecture on "Informal Networks and Formal Institutions" at the recent SIOE 2017 conference at Columbia University. Watch the full one-hour video on SIOE's Youtube channel...

Lifetime Achievement Award for Yoram Barzel

Yoram Barzel (left) during the Award ceremony on 24 June, 2017, with SIOE President-Elect Bentley MacLeod (right).

By Bentley MacLeod

The SIOE Board voted to award the 2017 Elinor Ostrom Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Yoram Barzel (University of Washington). Professor Barzel got his BA from Hebrew University in 1953, and MA in 1956. He moved to the University of Chicago where he got his PhD...

Best Paper Award and Best Poster Award @ SIOE 2017

By Bentley MacLeod

Oliver E. Williamson Best Conference Paper Award

The finalists for the 2017 Williamsom Award were:

" Competing for Relationships: Markets and Informal Institutions in Sierra Leone ," by Tarek Ghani (WUSTL) and Tristen Reed (World Bank) “ Common Ownership...

2017 Ronald Coase Best Dissertation Award goes to Elliott Ash

Elliott Ash receiving the Best Dissertation Award from SIOE President Sergei Guriev.

By Nan Jia (on behalf of the 2017 Dissertation Award Committee)

Three faculty members were selected to be the finalists for the 2017 Ronald Coase Best Dissertation Award. They are Elliott Ash (Assistant professor of economics, the University of Warwick: "Essays in political economy and...

When Are Weak Property Rights Optimal?

By Carmine Guerriero (University of Bologna)

While economists have long maintained that weak property rights are detrimental for development since they discourage effort and investment (Besley and Ghatak, 2010), legal scholars have argued instead that they can be optimal whenever...

What’s Next for the Study of Nondemocracy?

Scott Gehlbach (Wisconsin-Madison) is a newly elected member of SIOE's board . The following essay introduces him to's readers.

By Scott Gehlbach

I’m back from a stimulating workshop on autocracy at Indiana University. Regina Smyth , Armando Razo , and Michael Alexeev...

On the Long-Run Consequences of Male Biased Sex Ratios

Pauline Grosjean (University of New South Wales) is a newly elected member of SIOE's board . The following essay introduces her to's readers.

By Pauline Grosjean

When I moved to Australia 5 years ago, I was struck by a particular phenomenon. It became clear very...

Special Issue on "Institutions and wellbeing," part 2

Guest post by Toke Aidt, Daniel L. Bennett, and Boris Nikolaev

(This is the second part of a description of a recent special issue in the European Journal of Political Economy , continuing part 1 )

While economic performance provides an indication of economic well-being, the...

Workshop on “Economic Governance of Data-driven Markets”

By Jens Prüfer

The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) and the Governance and Regulation Chair (GovReg) at University Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University will organize a two-day Workshop on “Economic Governance of Data-driven Markets” at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, on...

Special Issue on "Institutions and wellbeing"

Guest post by Toke Aidt, Daniel L. Bennett, and Boris Nikolaev*

For many years, the received wisdom among economists has been that the drivers of economic growth and development are investment in physical capital (machines, buildings, etc.), human capital (education), public...

Organizations as Relational Contracts: Lessons from a New Workshop Series

By Giorgio Zanarone

As I announced in an earlier post, on September 23-24, 2016, CUNEF hosted the second workshop on relational contracts in Madrid. The first workshop was held in 2015 in Munich, and the third one will take place this year at Kellogg. In this post, I briefly summarize a...

EU Job Opening: The Digital Transformation – The Governance of Human Societies

By Jens Prüfer

Here is an interesting job opening for EU citizens with a relevant PhD and expertise in digital markets. We were contacted by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, who mentioned that this may be a very suitable vacancy for a researcher in the field of...

Spring Schools in Institutional and Organizational Economics

By Jens Prüfer

Graduate students and junior faculty members may be interested in two spring schools in institutional and organizational economics, to be held in May 2017, which have upcoming deadlines. One is in Europe, the other one in China. Both have a long history.


If a republic be small, it is destroyed by a foreign force; if it be large, it is ruined by an internal imperfection.

The following is the third in a series of guest posts from job market candidates working in Institutional and Organizational Economics (check out the first and second . Watch for the rest of the series over the next couple weeks, and think about interviewing one of these fine students if you...

Guest Post: Thank you for your patronage? Discretionary appointments and the performance of bureaucrats

The following is the second in a series of guest posts from job market candidates working in Institutional and Organizational Economics (check out the first, here ). Watch for the rest of the series over the next couple weeks, and think about interviewing one of these fine students if you have...

Why you might want to pay for privacy even if you think you have “nothing to hide”

The following is the first in a series of guest posts from job market candidates working in Institutional and Organizational Economics. Watch for the rest of the series over the next couple weeks, and think about interviewing one of these fine students if you have an opening. (-PLW)


SIOE @ ASSA: Economic and Political Analysis of Institutions and Organizations

By Jens Prüfer

Together with the American Economic Association (AEA) and other 55 associations in related disciplines, jointly known as the Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA), SIOE participates in a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economics topics....

Opportunity for Job-Market Candidates in Institutions and Organizations

By Patrick L. Warren

SIOE likes to highlight new work by young scholars in institutions and organizational economics. This is why we have the Ronald Coase Best Dissertation Award . This year, I want to start a new tradition, blatently stolen from David McKenzie at the World Bank...

35 Best-evaluated Individual Papers from the SIOE 2016 Conference

By Jens Prüfer

Papers submitted to the annual SIOE conferences undergo a thorough review process. For the 2016 conference in Paris, each individually submitted paper was anonymously evaluated for its academic quality by two members of the program committee, chaired by Sergei Guriev. The...

Political Cognitive Biases Effects on Fund Managers’ Performance

By Marian Moszoro

Who does a better job in managing money—Democrats or Republicans?

A recent paper of mine—which explores this question using individual partisan contributions and equity hedge fund managers’ performance—received some attention in the media. Here is a link to the...

Second Workshop on Relational Contracts: CUNEF, Madrid, September 23-24, 2016.

By Giorgio Zanarone

Relational contracts--that is, collaborative agreements that are too rooted in the parties' informal relationship to be enforced by courts--have emerged in recent decades as a powerful tool to understand institutions and organizations. Reflecting this fact, a yearly...

Exit, Voice and Political Change: Evidence from Swedish Mass Migration to the United States

By Sergei Guriev

Every year, the Society awards the Oliver E. Williamson Best Conference Paper Award to the best paper presented in the SIOE’s Annual Conference. The paper is chosen by an Award Committee made of several members of the conference’s Program Committee and is chaired by the...

Presidential Address at SIOE 2016 in Paris: The Future of Property

By Henry E. Smith

As outgoing President of SIOE, I gave a brief Presidential Address this year at the meeting in Paris. Thanks again to Sergei Guriev for doing a wonderful job on the conference!

The slides are here . Let me say a few words on the topic.


Why Organizations Fail: Models and Cases

Review by Dan Barron and Mike Powell

To understand organizations, we have to understand their dynamics: how they grow, how they change, and importantly, how and why they fail. “Why Organizations Fail: Models and Cases” (recently published in the Journal of Economic Literature ; ungated...

Conference "Contracts, Procurement, and Public-Private Arrangements," Paris, June 14-15, 2016

By Stéphane Saussier

Just before SIOE 2016 - and thereby easily combinable - a conference on "Contracts, Procurement, and Public-Private Arrangements" will take place at the Sorbonne Business School in Paris. This conference focuses on the recent developments in contract theories....

Strategy and Institutional & Organizational Economics

By Jackson A. Nickerson and Brian S. Silverman

The field of strategy draws on several cognate disciplines, with the goal of addressing one overarching question: Why are some firms able to obtain sustainable competitive advantage (i.e., consistently higher profits than competitors)? In...

Finance in Motion

By Marian Moszoro

Contemporary history unveils a sophistication of financial markets and instruments—in an interplay of asymmetry of information, principal-agent disconnect, and externalities—to the extent of making them vague and obscure to common understanding. For many years, I have...


by Patrick L. Warren

Yesterday afternoon, SIOE sponsered a session at the ASSAs in San Francisco entitled "Institutions, Organization, and Entrepreneurship", organized by my colleague Andy Hanssen. In case you weren't able to make it, I wanted to give a brief summary of the papers, which...

Institutional and Organizational Economics Academy (ex-ESNIE): Call for Applications

By Eric Brousseau

From the 16th to the 20th of May 2016 in Corsica (France), the 15th session of the Institutional and Organizational Economics Academy (ex-ESNIE) will take place.

Using rigorous scientific methods, Institutional and Organizational Economics focuses on the...

First Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE)

By Jens Prüfer

Just a few days after the SIOE conference in Paris (15-17 June 2016), the First Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE) will take place at the University of Amsterdam, on 21-22 June 2016. This may offer a good opportunity to connect both events.


On the Economic Effects of (Christian) Religions

By Jens Prüfer

The economic consequences of Christian doctrines have gained great attention since at least Max Weber's “work ethic” hypothesis, that the Protestant Reformation was instrumental in facilitating industrial capitalism - and economic prosperity with it - in Western Europe (...

Weingast on North

By Peter Klein

Barry Weingast offers this nice tribute to Douglas North at EH.Net:

With the passing of Doug North Monday night, the world lost one of the great economists of the last century. Doug was known for his intense curiosity and his relentless – and even mischievous –...

SIOE Session at ASSA 2016: "Institutional Design and Organizational Performance"

By Jens Prüfer

At the upcoming ASSA meetings in San Francisco (January 3-5, 2016), the prime conference on social sciences (including the annual meeting of the American Economic Association), SIOE will host an academic session on "Institutional Design and Organizational Performance."...

Big Data from an Institutional Perspective: Opportunities for Researchers

By Jens Prüfer*

Throughout the last years, the rate of technological progress has accelerated. To a large extent this development was driven by the increasing availability of data, owing to the fact that more and more economic and social transactions take place aided by information and...

The Case of Case Law

By Marian Moszoro & Henry E Smith

Case law used to require analytical thinking and a huge dose of memory to link a large number of court cases and opinions. This is changing, at least in the later aspect. In the last decades, law publishers have started digitizing and distributing...

What do Avner Greif and Simon Gächter have in common?

By Jens Prüfer

Building bridges between the research communities studying Institutions & Organizations, on the one hand, and Behavioral and Experimental Economics, on the other hand, was the goal of the TILEC ( Tilburg Law and Economics Center ) workshop on Economic Governance and...

Economic Governance today: The Credibility Problem and the Clarity Problem

By Jens Prüfer

About 25 years ago, Avner Greif and his co-authors set out to study how the rise, mechanics, and decline of certain institutions in the European middle ages can be explained by the help of game theory (Greif 1989, 1993; Greif, Milgrom, and Weingast 1994). Soon it became...

Deadline Approaching for FOM Conference (Finance, Organizations and Markets)

By Ricard Gil

Two years ago in December 2013 a great tradition started: the Finance, Organizations and Markets Conference first pushed by Gordon Phillips (USC Marshall) and more recently by others such as Kevin Murphy (USC Marshall) or Amit Seru (Chicago Booth). This year (after very...

The Property Rights Theory of Vertical Integration at ISNIE/SIOE 2015

By Ricard Gil

A recurring topic of research at ISNIE in the past and at SIOE in the future has been empirical work on vertical integration. In that literature, most work has concentrated around transaction cost economics (TCE) but yet empirical evidence on property rights theories (PRT...

Call for Papers: 2nd Berkeley-Paris Organizational Economics Workshop (April 2016, Paris)

By Jens Prüfer

The Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley and the Sorbonne Business School are organizing the second joint workshop on Organizational Economics. The event will take place at Sorbonne Business School (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) on...

Robert Bork’s Forgotten Role in the Transaction Cost Revolution

By Peter G. Klein

"Robert Bork’s Forgotten Role in the Transaction Cost Revolution"

Alan J. Meese Antitrust Law Journal 79, no. 3 (2014)

This essay, prepared for a conference examining Robert Bork’s antitrust contributions, examines Bork’s hitherto unknown role in the...

Workshop on “Economic Governance and Social Preferences” opens registration

By Jens Prüfer

“Economic Governance and Social Preferences” is the title of a workshop that will be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands, on September 3-4, 2015. The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) organizes the event in order to bring together scholars from institutional and...

In Memoriam

Ronald Coase
Ronald Coase, 1910-2013

SIOE is sorry to report that Ronald Coase, one of ISNIE's founders, passed away on Monday September 2nd at the age of 102.

Professor Coase, honored with the Nobel Prize in 1991, was not only a scholar important to all economists, but one that changed the rules of...