In Memoriam: Douglass North, 1920-2015
Douglass North passed away on November 23, 2015 in Benzonia, Michigan, after a
long illness. We have lost a remarkable scholar and a generous friend.
Douglass North and Ronald Coase were founders of the field of
new institutional analysis, close friends, and mutual admirers.
North served as a director of the Coase Institute from its beginning,
and was a faculty member for ten of its workshops across four continents.
His talents were vast. He served as advisor to presidents and kings.
He navigated ships across the Pacific Ocean, flew his own airplane,
ranched, wrote extensively on food and wine, and won national prizes
as a photographer. He received the Nobel prize in economics in 1993,
jointly with Robert Fogel, “for having renewed research in economic history by applying economic theory and quantitative methods in
order to explain economic and institutional change.”
As we mourn his loss, may his work and life inspire us.
Workshop on Institutional Analysis
December 13-19, 2015 Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-sponsored by the Cegla Center for
Research of the Law
at the Tel Aviv University
Buchmann Faculty of Law
Applications are closed.
Young scholars worldwide are eligible to apply.
Twenty-six participants will be selected competitively.
Attend this workshop to
♦ Hear established institutional scholars discuss their research and their strategies to
formulate questions, develop analysis, and communicate 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 participants.
♦ Network closely with faculty and other young scholars who have an enduring interest in institutional analysis. After the daily sessions, enjoy informal conversations during delicious dinners. There will be a special event and a gala dinner. Upon graduation, become part of a 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
Twenty-six participants will be selected competitively
on the basis of their research abstracts, CVs, and references. Work already published is not eligible, and previous participants
are not eligible to apply again.
Abstracts will be 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 September.
The pace is intense and rewarding. Participants must attend all sessions and give as well as receive feedback.
Faculty will include Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), Lee Benham (Ronald Coase Institute and Washington University in St. Louis, Emeritus), Sebastian Galiani (University of Maryland), Avner Greif (Stanford University), Gary Libecap (University of California - Santa Barbara), Henry Mohrman (Ronald Coase Institute), John Nye (George Mason University), Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), Scott Wallsten (Technology Policy Institute), Chenggang Xu (University of Hong Kong), and more.
How to apply (applications are closed)
Apply online at https://www.coase.org/workshopapplication.htm
There you will 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.
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 partial fellowships will be awarded competitively to scholars for whom the workshop cost is a hardship, to cover part of the costs of 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 Sharon Hannes (Tel Aviv University). The administrators are Darin Hargis
(Ronald Coase Institute) and Aya Shalom (Tel Aviv University).
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