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The Next Generation of Discovery:
Research and Policy Change Inspired by Ronald Coase
March 27-28, 2015      
Hall of Flags, US Chamber of Commerce Building
1615 H Street, NW   Washington DC, USA
Sponsored by the Ronald Coase Institute and
the Center for International Private Enterprise

Ronald Coase
                Join us for a celebration of the life and work of Ronald Coase, his insights into the conduct of research, and lessons for institutional reform. Coase challenged scholars and policy practitioners to examine real-world institutions, analyze alternative courses of action, and change the way we think about problems.

Speakers will include Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow and Oliver Williamson, distinguished senior scholars and practitioners, and young alumni of the Ronald Coase Institute. They will discuss the impact of Coasean research on policies and development, share field insights from China and other countries, and chart future directions for innovative, influential research.

See program and speakers.
March 27 and 28 - see live feed from conference.

“We do not know for the most part what is true and what is false, what is significant and what is not.... It is our aim to find out.” - Ronald Coase

The Ronald Coase Institute
Workshop on Institutional Analysis
May 10-16, 2015     Hong Kong, China
Co-sponsored by The Ronald Coase Centre for Property
Rights Research, The University of Hong Kong

Applications are closed

Young scholars worldwide are eligible to apply;
26 participants will be selected competitively.

Hong Kong view from The Peak, 

Attend this workshop to
♦ Hear established institutional scholars discuss their research and their strategies for formulating questions, developing analysis, and communicating results effectively.
♦ Present your own research project twice and receive feedback from many sources
  - first within a small group with faculty guidance
  - after revising, formally to the entire workshop, with assigned discussants.
Ten full-time faculty will provide intensive mentoring to the 26 participants.
♦ Network closely with faculty and other young scholars who have an enduring interest in institutional analysis. After the daily sessions, enjoy informal conversations with faculty and participants during delicious dinners. The workshop ends with a special event and gala dinner.
Upon graduation, become part of a worldwide scholarly network with alumni from 69 countries.

Who is eligible?
Postdoctoral social scientists - early in their careers
Advanced graduate students - in economics, political science, law, and other social sciences.

Selection and attendance
Admission is limited to 26 individuals at most. Participants will be selected competitively on the basis of their research abstracts, CVs, and references. Abstracts are evaluated on the clarity and importance of the research question, the analysis, and the institutional focus. Projects with empirically testable implications are preferred. Admissions decisions will be announced in February.

Note that work already published is not eligible, and previous participants are not eligible to apply again.

The pace is intense and rewarding. Participants must attend all sessions and give as well as receive feedback.

How to apply (applications are closed)
Apply online at
There you will also need to upload your research abstract (350 words max), 1-page CV, statement of purpose, and the names of two references. Please submit all materials in English, the language of the workshop. Follow all guidelines exactly. Alternatively you can apply via e-mail. See details at the bottom of the online application page.

The cost of the workshop – tuition, meals, and housing - is $2500 USD. (This does not include travel expenses.)  Many fellowships will be awarded competitively to scholars for whom the workshop cost is a hardship, to cover tuition, meals, and housing. If you wish to be considered for a fellowship, upload your request for a fellowship with your application. All participants must stay in workshop housing, and all participants are responsible for paying their own travel expenses.

Organizers and administrators
The organizers are Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), and KW Chau (Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research).  The administrators are Darin Hargis (Ronald Coase Institute) and Moly Lau (Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research).

Want to learn more about these workshops? See evaluations by alumni, material from past workshops, and much more here.

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  Past Programs, Abstracts, Images
  Meet Some Alumni

   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)

Group gathering at Shanghai workshop

  How China Became Capitalist by
       Ronald Coase and Ning Wang is now
       available in hardcover, paperback, and
       electronic versions.


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