Ronald Coase Institute

2006 Chicago Conference: Program

DECEMBER 1-3, 2006

Co-sponsored by the George J. Stigler Center for the Study
of the Economy and the State, University of Chicago


12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Gleacher Center, University of Chicago

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.




 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

 Richard Leftwich  (University of Chicago, USA)


 Mary Shirley  (Ronald Coase Institute, USA)





1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Sebastian Galiani  (Washington University, USA)


Identifying Causal Effects in Applied Research



2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

John Nye  (Washington University, USA)

Persuading Economists: Choosing a Methodological
Framework for Your Research

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

John List  (University of Chicago, USA)

Field Experiments and Economics

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Forum on Methodological Issues

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


7:00 p.m.

Conference dinner


8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Gleacher Center, University of Chicago

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.




8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

State Governance


Alberto Simpser   (University of Chicago, USA)

A Theory of Corrupt Elections



Danila Raskov  (St. Petersburg State University, Russia)


Credibility and Gradualism in a Monetary Reform:  Attempts to Introduce Token Copper Coins in 17th-18th Century Russia



Ivan Ribeiro  (University of São Paulo Law School, Brazil)


Robin Hood vs. King John Redistribution:  How Do Local Judges Decide Cases in Brazil?



Cynthia Lin  (University of California-Davis, USA)


A Theory of Regulatory Delegation, with a Framework for Application to Ozone Smog Regulation



Sam Peltzman  (University of Chicago, USA)




10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Coffee break



10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Property Rights


Lennon H. T. Choy  (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)


The Pricing of Imperfectly Delineated Property Rights:
Case Studies in Housing and Land Markets



Bhim Adhikari  (The World Conservation Union, Nepal)


Heterogeneity, Transaction Costs and Collective Action:  Evidence from Common Property Forest Management in Nepal



Erica Gorga  (Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, Brazil)


Knowledge Inputs, Legal Institutions and Firm Structure: Towards a Knowledge-Based Theory of the Firm



Eduardo Araral  (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore)


Property Rights and the Provision of Collective Goods in the Presence of Market Imperfections:  Evidence from Irrigation in the Philippines



Mary Shirley  (Ronald Coase Institute, USA)




12:00 – 1:30 p.m.




1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Informal Institutions

Maroš Servátka  (University of Mannheim, Germany and University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Reputation vs. Social Influence: Which Is Stronger?


Vladimir Zanoni  ((University of Chicago, USA)

Leasing the Street:  Institutional Arrangements on Street Vendors' Property Rights in Venezuela


Nick Parker  (University of California-Santa Barbara, USA)

Sovereignty, Credible Commitments, and Economic Growth on American Indian Reservations


Georgy Ganev  (Centre for Liberal Strategies, Bulgaria)

Informal Institutions, Partial Enforcement, and Impersonal Exchange: Observations from Bulgarian Streets


Sebastián Galiani, Lee Benham  (both Washington University, USA)





 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee break



 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Steven Levitt  (University of Chicago, USA)


An Economist Sells Doughnuts:  A Case Study in Profit Maximization



7:00 p.m.

Conference dinner


8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Colorado Room, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.




8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Markets in Emerging Asian Economies

Tu Anh Vu Thanh  (Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, Vietnam)

Credit and Trust:  Fruit Markets in the Mekong Delta


Li Qi  (Agnes Scott College, USA)

Capital Flows and Domestic Market Integration in China


Junlian Zhang  (China Agricultural University, China)

Mutual Monitoring Mechanism in Tradable Water Right System:  A Case Study in Zhangye City in Northwest China


Ning Wang  (Arizona State University, USA)

History in Institutional Change: The Case of Chinese Agricultural Reforms


John Nye




10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Coffee break



10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Future Directions for Institutional Research

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and closing discussion



This conference is made possible through the generous support of
Coase Foundation
George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State,
       University of Chicago


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