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Alumni News - 2013 and earlier

ALUMNI NEWS - July 2013

Eduardo Araral (2004 Tucson) has received the Ostrom Award, Young Scholars Category, given by the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons Council.

Helen He Yang (2009 Xiamen) will join the School of Economics and WISE at Xiamen University as an assistant professor.

Alvin P. Ang (2008 Singapore) is now president of the Philippine Economic Society.

At ISNIE 2013 in Florence, Italy, Eduardo Araral (2004 Tucson), Maria Recalde (2012 Santiago), Brian Robinson (2009 Bratislava), and David Skarbek (2011 Chicago) presented papers in a panel dealing with common pool and collective action problems, in homage to Elinor Ostrom. The Coase Institute alumni dinner in Florence was attended by a record number of alumni and faculty.

2013 ISNIE alumni dinner

Ninghua Zhong (2008 Singapore) has accepted a position at Tongji University in China.

Xiaofang Chen (2008 Beijing), Zhimin Liao (2008 Beijing), Supruet Thavornyutikarn (2009 Bratislava), and Linjing Wang (2008 Beijing) attended the 2013 Summer School in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School.

Queena Qian (2009 Xiamen) received a best thesis award from the faculty of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is currently doing research at the University of South Australia.

Hadar Jabotinsky (2012 Beijing) will teach at Haifa University Law School.

Ranjan Ghosh (2012 Santiago) will be a visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University.

Harold Valera (2008 Philippines) has been awarded a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars award.

ALUMNI NEWS - December 2012

Yang Yao (2001 Rio) is now the Director, National School of Development, Peking University.

Yuan Li (2010 Shanghai) was awarded the prize for the best PhD dissertation at ISNIE 2012.

Yuan Li receives 2012 ISNIE dissertation prize

Also at ISNIE 2012, held at the University of Southern California,
alumni Carlos Brando (2010 Moscow), Fali Huang (2008 Singapore), Thales Pereira (2011 Chicago), and Helen He Yang (2009 Xiamen) presented papers in a panel on the long-run adaptation of institutions: studies in economic history.  Eighteen alumni and many faculty attended the Coase Institute alumni dinner there.

Hanwei Huang (2012 Beijing) won a best master’s thesis award from Tsinghua University.  He is now a doctoral student at the London School of Economics.

Christiano Cunha
(2011 Chicago) is a professor at the University of São Paulo.

Shitong Qiao (2012 Beijing), and Chenli You (2010 Shanghai) attended the 2012 Summer School in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. Chenli You subsequently began doctoral studies at the University of Illinois - Chicago.

Rowell Corpuz (2008 Beijing) was one of two students receiving the Shiv Nash Prize for the best performance in development economics at the University of Warwick, UK.

Meina Cai (2008 Beijing) has received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.

Li Qi (2004 Tucson) has received a Fulbright Research Scholarship to spend several months in China while on sabbatical.

Julio Amador III (2008 Philippines) has received a Fulbright scholarship to study at Syracuse University.

Osnat Grady Schwartz (2010 Moscow) is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of California - Berkeley.

Thierry Kangoye
(2008 Singapore) has joined the African Development Bank as a research economist, working on private sector development issues.

Flavianne Nobrega (2006 Boulder) and Lemilson Almeida (2011 Chicago) traveled all the way from Brazil to attend the alumni dinner at the 2012 Santiago workshop in Chile.

ALUMNI NEWS - April 2012

Ning Wang (2001 Berkeley, 2002 St. Louis) has just published a book with Ronald Coase, How China Became Capitalist (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). He and Ronald Coase discuss ideas in an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2012.

Hao Dong (2010 Shanghai) will start his PhD studies at the London School of Economics this year.

Utku Teksöz (2004 Tucson, 2005 Barcelona) has been serving as Economist at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations since late 2009.

Yang Yao (2001 Rio) is an invited guest economist for The Economist Magazine, where he comments online on economic matters.

The research project Prison Gangs, Norms, and Organizations presented by David Skarbek (2011 Chicago) in the Chicago workshop is forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. David has just accepted a tenured position in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London.

Tony Cookson (2008 Philippines) offers an online course on intermediate microeconomics and has a blog, This Young Economist. His workshop research project "Institutions and Casinos on American Indian Reservations" has been published in The Journal of Law and Economics, 2010. He is in the 4th year of PhD studies at the University of Chicago.

Amirah El-Haddad (2002 Cambridge) is currently an associate professor of economics at Cairo University.

ALUMNI NEWS - December 2011

A paper by David Skarbek (2011 Chicago), Governance and Prison
, was designated on Andres Marroquin's blog as one of the
best 10 economics papers of 2011.

Alberto Simpser (2005 Barcelona), was quoted in the Wall Street
December 28, 2011 concerning measures for assessing
election fraud.

Thierry Kangoye (2008 Singapore) just defended his PhD with the
highest distinction at CERDI at the University of Auvergene, France.

Elaine Tan (2001 Berkeley) is moving to Singapore to accept a position
as economist with the Singapore Government.

Khrystyna Pavlyk (2009 Bratislava) is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Binghamton University - State University of New York. She is also associate professor at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Yuan Li (2010 Shanghai) holds a post-doctoral position at the Mercator School of Management, the University of Duisberg-Essen.

Yang Yao (2001 Rio) is teaching at the University of Wisconsin
this semester while on leave from CCER, Peking University.
Ronald Coase hosted a lunch in Chicago with Yang Yao and
his wife Hua Nie, Mary Shirley, Lee and Alexandra Benham.

Visit with Ronald Coase November 2011

Johan Eklund (2010 Moscow) has been appointed Associate Dean of Jönköping International Business School.

A book by Velappan Sanathakumar (2001 Rio), Economic Analysis of Institutions: A Practical Guide, has just been published by Sage Publications, 2011.

Biniam Bedasso (2011 Chicago) has been awarded a Robert S. McNamara Fellowship by the World Bank.

Stephanie Chan (2009 Xiamen) is studying economics at Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Nissim Cohen (2009 Bratislava) will join the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Haifa University in Israel as a faculty member starting March 2012.

Galit Eizman (2009 Xiamen) recently taught a summer course at Yale University and presented a paper in Seoul, South Korea at the 2011 Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society. She is spending a second year at Harvard.

Rita Yi Man Li (2008 Philippines) is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

Sebastian Galiani (2001 Rio, 2002 St. Louis) is now James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Workshop alumni in the Chicago area met recently for dinner with Mary Shirley and Alexandra and Lee Benham. They include Chen Cheng (2010 Moscow), doctoral student at Northwestern University; Georgy Egorov (2004 Tucson), faculty member at Northwestern University; Wladimir Zanoni (2003 São Paulo), post-doctoral researcher at the University of Chicago; and Yunzhi Hu (2010 Shanghai), doctoral student at the University of Chicago.

Alumni dinner in            Chicago September 2011

ALUMNI NEWS - July 2011

Yunzhi Hu (2010 Shanghai) is starting doctoral studies at the University of Chicago in economics. Nearby in Evanston, Chen Cheng (2010 Moscow) is starting doctoral studies at Northwestern University in the Kellogg School MEDS program, where Georgy Egorov (2004 Tucson) is a faculty member.

Queena Qian (2009 Xiamen) has an internship with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in Germany.

Nissim Cohen (2009 Bratislava) is a post-doc at the Center for Study of Public Choice, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

V Santhakumar
(2001 Rio) has a book coming out, Economic Analysis of Institutions: A Practical Guide, with a number of real world issues from India and developing countries on which new instititional economics can provide insight.

Ilona Otto-Banaszaks
(2009 Bratislava) has recently published an article based on her workshop presentation, as has Elad Segev (2009 Xiamen). Khrystyna Pavlyk (2009 Bratislava) and Bruce Rayton (2001 Berkeley) have published a joint article.

ALUMNI NEWS - January 2011

Alvin Ang (Singapore 2008) and his colleague Jeremaiah Opiniano have won first prize for Outstanding Research on Development at the Global Development Network competitions held this month in Bogota, Colombia. Since the GDN competitions began in 2000, seven workshop alumni (Santhakumar Velappan Nair, Konstantin Sonin, Sebastian Galiani, Miguel Jaramillo, Yang Yao, Raul Andrade, Alvin Ang) and one workshop faculty member (Juan Camillo Cardenas) have won first prizes. Nearly 6,500 researchers from over 100 countries have competed for the GDN prizes and medals.

Alfredo Paloyo (Singapore 2008) just obtained his doctoral degree with highest distinction - summa cum laude - at the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany.

Galit Eizman (2009 Xiamen) is a visiting fellow at the Economics Department of Harvard University. Also in Cambridge,Yiqing Xu (2009 Xiamen) is doing graduate studies in political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rita Yi Man Li (2008 Philippines) is a lecturer at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

Franz Loyola (2008 Beijing) is doing doctoral studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

Elio Ferrato (2004 Tucson) has recently published two books, Inter-organizational Relationship and Hold-up in the Automotive Sector: A Study under the Economics of Transaction Costs Theory, and Developing Ethical Corporate Cultures: Developing Corporate Cultures to Comply With Organizational Strategies.

ALUMNI NEWS - March 2010
Following workshops held in Bratislava, Slovakia in May 2009 and Xiamen, China in December 2009, our alumni now total 315 scholars from 59 countries.  Several alumni served as workshop faculty in 2009: Sebastian Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002), Georgy Ganev (Berkeley 2001), Bruce Rayton (Berkeley 2001), Maros Servatka (Barcelona 2005), and Maria Yudkevich (Beijing 2008).

At the University of Chicago Law School conference in December 2009 to celebrate the life and research of Ronald Coase, papers were presented by Sebastian Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002), Zhimin Liao and Xiaofang Chen (Beijing 2008), and Lennon Choy(Barcelona 2005).

Yuting Fan (Beijing 2008) has begun doctoral studies in economics at the University of Virginia.

Zhimin Liao (Beijing 2008) is a visiting scholar at Harvard University Law School for 2009-2010.

Visitors to Washington University in St. Louis during 2009 included Zhe He (Philippines 2008) and Lennon Choy (Barcelona 2005); in 2010 they will include Jing Li (Beijing 2008) and Queena Qian (Xiamen 2009).

ALUMNI NEWS - January 2009

Alumni of the Coase Institute workshops now total 264.  Seventeen alumni have served subsequently on the faculty.  During 2008 these included: Eduardo Araral (Tucson 2004) and Alberto Simpser (Barcelona 2005) for the Singapore workshop; Bruce Rayton (Berkeley 2001) and Yang Yao (Rio 2001) for the Philippines workshop; and Sebastian Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002), Alberto Simpser, and Yang Yao for the Beijing workshop.

Edsel L. Beja Jr. (Philippines 2008) will be the guest editor of Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies for an issue on the political economy of cross-border flows of goods, capital, labor and ideas (submission deadline June 30, 2009).

The Beijing workshop's alumni dinner took place in December 2008 in the beautiful Summer Palace.  Weidong Zhang (Berkeley 2001) gallantly traveled 20 hours by train to attend.  Other alumni present included Dong Ai (Singapore 2008), Ninghua Du (Singapore 2008), who journeyed from Shanghai, Linghui Han (Philippines 2008), and Yi Yang (Singapore 2008), in from Paris.  Below, Dong Ai and Weidong Zhang join workshop faculty in the private dining room of the Dowager Empress Cixi.  Renewing contact with alumni is always a great pleasure.

Alumni and faculty chat in the Beijing summer palace

Sebastián Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002) taught an applied econometrics seminar for the analysis of micro data, held at the University of Hong Kong in December 2008.  Intense demand for the seminar led to a doubling of the original class size.  Alumni who attended the seminar included Desiree Desierto (Philippines 2008), Rita Li (Philippines 2008), Alfredo Paloyo (Singapore 2008), Andrew Pua (Philippines 2008), Jiwei Qian (Singapore 2008), and Siu-wai Wong (Singapore 2008).

Maroš Servátka (Barcelona 2005), senior lecturer in economics and finance at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is one of the organizers of the next Coase Institute workshop on institutional analysis, at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia in May 2009.

Martin Dimitrov (Cambridge 2002, Budapest 2003) is on sabbatical from Dartmouth College at Cambridge University, writing a book on the collapse of communist regimes in Europe and their resilience in Asia.  His first book "Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China" will be published in August 2009 by Cambridge University Press.

Fernando Zanella (Berkeley 2001) is currently assistant professor of economics at the United Arab Emirates University.

Natalia Boliari (Reykjavik 2007) successfully defended her dissertation concerning Bulgarian land tenure institutions, at Carleton University, Canada, November 2008.

Wanjun Jiang (Berkeley 2001) is currently associate professor of finance and executive vice-director, MBA programs, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University.

Lennon Choy (Barcelona 2005) won the ISNIE 2008 Award for the Best Dissertation in Institutional Analysis and the Li Ka Shing Prize for best dissertation at the University of Hong Kong.  With Ronald Coase and Ning Wang (Berkeley 2001, St. Louis 2002) he helped organize the 2008 Chicago Conference on China's Economic Transformation.  He co-organized a conference on property rights and economic reform in December 2008 in Hong Kong.  He will spend spring semester 2009 on a Fulbright fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

ALUMNI NEWS - February 2008

The Global Development Network has just awarded the 2007 Award for Outstanding Research on Development to Raul Andrade (Singapore 2008). The prize provides $30,000 USD to support the winning research. Andrade's project, which he earlier presented and revised at the Coase Institute's Singapore workshop, investigates whether increasing access to justice has positive effects on women's well-being. Over 700 researchers competed r the research prize.  Andrade is currently an associate researcher at the Group for the Analysis of Development in Peru.

Eduardo Araral (Tucson 2004) served as an organizer and a core faculty member for the 2008 workshop in Singapore. Alberto Simpser (Barcelona 2005) also served as a core faculty member there. Simpser is currently on the faculty of the Department of Political Science, University of Chicago. ___________________________________________________________

ALUMNI NEWS - October 2007

Festive dinner in Reykjavik 2007

Two alumni will be visitors at the University of Chicago next year. Lennon Choy (Barcelona 2005) will visit the School of Law for several months and will work with Ronald Coase.  Maroš Servátka (Barcelona 2005) will spend winter quarter 2008 at the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, Graduate School of Business, by arrangement between the GSB and the Coase Institute. 

Eduardo Araral (Tucson 2004) has joined the faculty of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.  He is one of the organizers of the Coase Institute workshop in Singapore in January 2008.

Decio Zylbersztajn (Berkeley 2001, St. Louis 2002)
recently organized the II Research Workshop on Institutions and Organizations, held at the University of São Paulo. About 80 participants attended. Funding was obtained from the Brazilian scientific academic organizations CAPES and FAPESP.

Mario Gamboa-Cavazos (Barcelona 2005) won the gold medal, 2007 III Prize in International Insolvency Studies, for a paper with Frank Schneider, "Bankruptcy as a Legal Process."  His paper "The Organization of Corruption: Political Horizons and Special Interests," co-authored with Vidal Garza-Cantu and Emiliano Salinas, won first prize in the 2006 Research Competition on Corruption (SFP-UNAM).

Esther Mwangi (Barcelona 2005) will spend the next two years developing a research program at Harvard University, at the Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government.

The Journal of International Business Studies will publish a workshop project of Ryan Orr (Barcelona 2005), "Institutional Exceptions on Global Projects: A Process Model," with W. Richard Scott.

At the 2007 workshop in Reykjavik, alumni who served as faculty were Sebastián Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002), Maroš Servátka (Barcelona 2005), and Konstantin Sonin (Cambridge 2002). 

Several alumni attended the gala dinner at the Reykjavik workshop, including Brazilians Sandro Cabral (2003 São Paulo, 2004 Tucson), Carlos Figueirêdo (Barcelona 2005), Antonio Nogueira (2001 Rio), Jose María da Silveira (2001 Rio), and Decio Zylbersztajn (2001 Berkeley, 2002 St. Louis).

Faculty and alumni chat in Reykjavik 2007

ALUMNI NEWS - October 2006

C.-Y. Cynthia Lin (Tucson 2004) received the first dissertation prize to be awarded by the International Society of New Institutional Economics.  It was presented in Boulder, Colorado during the 2006 ISNIE conference.  Her title is "How Should Standards Be Set and Met? An Incomplete Contracting Approach to Delegation in Regulation." Eduardo Araral (Tucson 2004) was also one of the three finalists.  His title is "Decentralization Puzzles: A Political Economy Analysis of Irrigation Reform in the Philippines."  The ISNIE prize will be awarded every two years.

A paper by Sebastian Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002) titled "Pro-Market Beliefs amongst Argentine Squatters" won the bronze medal in the 2006 International Finance Corporation/Financial Times competition.

Gala dinner in Boulder 2006

Alumni attending the gala dinner of the 2006 Boulder workshop included Nesli Aydogan (Budapest 2003), Sandro Cabral (São Paulo 2003,
Tucson 2004), Lennon Choy (Barcelona 2005), Inhak Hwang (St. Louis 2002), Estomih Nkya (Cambridge 2002, Tucson 2004, Barcelona 2005),
Ivan Ribeiro
(São Paulo 2003), and Konstantin Sonin (Cambridge 2002).

ALUMNI NEWS - May 2006

Ido Baum (Barcelona 2005) is a visiting scholar at the School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

Patrycja Graca (Barcelona 2005) will study at Columbia University next year on a Fulbright Junior Scholarship.

Mihaly Kopanyi (St. Louis 2002) is with the World Bank in Pakistan serving as coordinator of infrastructure sectors - water and sanitation, energy, transport, and urban development.

Wladimir Zanoni (São Paulo 2003) is studying at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.  See his recent conversation with Ronald Coase.

ALUMNI NEWS - March 2006

Several alumni have just founded Thinking&Doing: The Young Researchers Worldwide Network on Economic Development, Public Policies and Law.
It will bring together young scholars interested in economic development
and the implementation of economic policy.  See Thinking&Doing.
The inaugural conference is September 25-26, 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, USA.  A new journal will also be launched.  Founders include Alexander Tokarev (Tucson 2004), Andrés Gallo (Rio 2001), Hernán Palau (São Paulo 2003), Rafael Barroso (São Paulo 2003), Igor Kustov (Tucson 2004), Ivan Ribeiro (São Paulo 2003), Meelis Kitsing (Tucson 2004), and Ning Wang (Berkeley 2001, St. Louis 2002).

Three alumni were finalists in a worldwide competition concerning research on development, conducted by the Global Development Network.  The conference was held in January 2006 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sebastian Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002) presented “Property Rights for the Poor: Effects of Land Titling.” Miguel Jaramillo (São Paulo 2003) presented “Decentralization and the Labor Market for Teachers: Determinants of Teacher Location in Peru.” Konstantin Sonin (Cambridge 2002) presented “Provincial Protectionism.” Galiani received first prize in the category Institutions and Poverty Reduction, and Sonin received second prize in the category Political Institutions, Governance and Development.

ALUMNI NEWS - December 2005

Sebastián Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002) and a co-author are studying the effects of property rights for the poor, using a natural experiment in land titling in Argentina. (See Coase Institute Working Paper 7.) A front-page story in The Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2005, discusses their study and its results.

Esther Mwangi (Barcelona 2005) received the 2005 Harold D. Lasswell Award of the American Political Science Association for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of policy studies. Her title: "Institutional Change and Politics: The Transformation of Property Rights in Kenya's Maasailand."   She works currently at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

ALUMNI NEWS - October 2004

Nesli Aydogan (Budapest 2003) and Tom Lyon have an article "Spatial Proximity and Complementarities in the Trading of Tacit Knowledge" forthcoming in the International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2004.
She will visit Carnegie Mellon University for research during the summer of 2005.

Paulo Baía (São Paulo 2003) is a founder of the Center for Research on Democracy and Comparative Politics, examining the implications of political regimes' institutions and organizations for economic performance.  He has co-authored an analysis of the Lula government in Brazil and speaks on television about Argentine politics and economy.

Matej Cepl (Cambridge 2002) is in the final year of his PhD program at Northeastern University, investigating the role of local communities in crime prevention.

Orlando da Silva Neto (São Paulo 2003) is a professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, where he is currently writing a textbook on bankruptcy law.  He is also completing his PhD in international law and is involved in private legal practice concerning regulatory, contract, and bankruptcy law.

Mihaly Kopanyi (St. Louis 2002) is editor of the book Intergovernmental Finances in Hungary, being published this November.  He recently conducted an international conference on municipal finance.

Rubens Nunes (São Paulo 2003) is the president's adviser at the Brazilian public agency Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica, working to make competition policy more effective.

Pablo Rossell (Cambridge 2002) is at the Centro de Promoción de Tecnologías Sostenibles of the National Industry Chamber, Bolivia, leading their project on corporate social responsibility.

Oleg Starkov (Budapest 2003) won the prize of the Central Mathematics and Economics Institute in Moscow for his work on the evolution and transplantation of mortgage market institutions, which he presented at the Budapest workshop. His paper has been published in Economica I Mathematicheskie Metodi, 2004. He is now studying the role of building societies (such as Bausparkassen) and is preparing a report for the Russian government on reforming state housing policy.

Ahn T. Vu (Cambridge 2002) has completed his PhD in economics at Boston College and is now a lecturer and research coordinator with the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Vietnam.   He is responsible for organizing research activity and developing the curriculum for FETP's Public Policy Program. See

Yang Yao (Rio 2001) is the deputy director of the China Center for Economic Research, Beijing University, and the editor of China Economic Quarterly.  His recent publications include "Political Process and Efficient Institutional Change" in the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 2004, and "Land Tenure Choice in Chinese Villages: The Rational versus the Political Model" in Land Economics, 2004.  He is a major researcher in studies of Chinese privatization that are forthcoming as a book to be published by the World Bank.

ALUMNI NEWS - August 2004

Sebastián Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002) and co-authors have a paper on the impact of the privatization of water supply on child mortality, forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy. The Economist magazine reported on this study at length on March 20, 2003, "Raise a Glass: How to Improve Child Health."

Stephen Miller (Berkeley 2001) has a paper on measuring and hedging against crisis, forthcoming in the Journal of Risk Finance.

José Roberto Ferreira Savoia (São Paulo 2003) will be a research fellow at Columbia University at the Center of Brazilian Studies in 2005, continuing his research on pensions and development.

Konstantin Sonin (Cambridge 2002) is a visiting member of the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 2004-2005.  The Global Development Network awarded him a first prize medal for 2003 for research in development, for his paper "Why the rich may favor poor protection of property rights."

ALUMNI NEWS - February 2004

Neslihan Aydogan (Budapest 2003) and Vincent (Yiu Por) Chen (Budapest 2003) are co-authoring a book, The Formation and Growth of Contemporary U.S. Agglomerations, to be published by Kluwer Press in September 2005.

Gonzalo Caballero (Budapest 2003) has completed his Ph.D. at the University of Vigo, Spain. His dissertation is titled, "The Foundations of the New Institutional Economics: The Institutional Determinants of Economic Policy in Spain."

Yordanka Gancheva (Berkeley 2001, St. Louis 2002, Cambridge 2002) is now senior analyst and deputy director of the Economic Policy Research Center of the Euro-Balkan Institute in Skopje, Macedonia. 

Radovan Kacin (Budapest 2003) has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to do research at George Mason University, USA, in 2005. His topic concerns the use of modern technology and pedagogy for law and economics. It will combine his own research in law and economics with an exploration of ways to improve student learning via IT, including e-learning and video-conferencing.

Charles Palmer (Budapest 2003) has completed the fieldwork phase for
his PhD.  With his research team of six, he visited over 60 villages in three different regions of East Kalimantan, Indonesia and collected nearly 700 interviews. He is currently writing a chapter for a book on the impact of
decentralization on communities in Indonesia, to be published by
the Center for International Forestry Research.

Claudio Djissey Shikida (Rio 2001) has received his Ph.D. from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Mario Villarreal Diaz (Cambridge 2002, Budapest 2003), doctoral candidate in economics and comparative politics at Claremont Graduate University, USA, presented a paper “Institutions and Pension Reform in Mexico” at the 2003 Public Choice Society meetings.  He is currently a dissertation fellow of the Institute of Humane Studies.

Sebastián Galiani, Georgy Ganev, Mihaly Kopanyi, and Konstantin Sonin, alumni, served as faculty members for the Budapest 2003 workshop.

Basília Aguirre, Paulo Furquim de Azevedo, Erica Gorga, Eduardo Spers, and Decio Zylbersztajn, alumni, served as faculty members for the São Paulo 2003 workshop.

ALUMNI NEWS - March 2003

Sebastián Galiani (Rio 2001, St. Louis 2002) and his co-author were awarded a $10,000 prize for outstanding research by the Global Development Network in January 2003. Their paper, “Water for Life: The Impact of the Privatization of Water Supply on Child Mortality,“ won second place in a worldwide competition for research in the field of health, environment, and development.

Yordanka Gancheva (Berkeley 2001, St. Louis 2002, Cambridge 2002) is opening an office in Macedonia. Among many activities, she is writing proposals and preparing a fund-raising campaign for a Macedonian-based NGO.

Balazs Hamori (St. Louis 2002) and Kati Szabo (St. Louis 2002) and colleagues have founded the Hungarian Society for New Institutional Economists (HUSNIE).Opening ceremonies took place at the international conference, “The Evolution of Institutions and the Knowledge Economy” in Debrecen, Hungary in October 2002.

Mihaly Kopanyi (St. Louis 2002)has moved to a post in Washington DC as senior municipal finance specialist with the World Bank.

Stephen Miller (Berkeley 2001) successfully defended his dissertation in April 2002.

Danila Raskov (Cambridge 2002) spoke recently at a conference on stateless cultures held in Vilnius, Lithuania.He continues work on his study of the economic culture of the Old Believers.

Raul Viedma Ponce (Cambridge 2002) is visiting the Law School of the University of Chicago for the academic year 2002-2003.

Ning Wang (Berkeley 2001, St. Louis 2002) presented his paper “Measuring Transaction Costs: An Incomplete Survey” at a conference on transaction costs organized by the Ronald Coase Institute.He is currently at the Law School of the University of Chicago.

Yongmei Zhou (Cambridge 2002) visited Beijing in November 2002 and found university leaders there interested in expanding the NIE curriculum.She is currently working at the World Bank on assignments in Ghana and Sierra Leone.

Decio Zylbersztajn (Berkeley 2001, St. Louis 2002) is conducting pilot studies of the costs of exchange in Brazil, with focus on the costs of registering new businesses, in cooperation with the Ronald Coase Institute.


Juan Camilo Cardenas (Rio 2001 faculty) has been conducting field experiments in cooperative behavior with 1500 villagers in several rural communities and is examining how actual institutional systems affect experimental behavior.  The Santa Fe Institute has named him an international fellow. He will do research there this summer on complex systems and behavior. ___________________________________________________________


Charles Abuodha (Rio 2001) died after a lengthy illness on June 25, 2002 in Paris, France.  He is greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.


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