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The Ronald Coase Institute
Workshop on Institutional Analysis
December 7-13, 2014     Manila, Philippines
Co-sponsored by Angara Centre for Law and Economics

Applications are closed

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

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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 68 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 September.

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.
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.


The workshop faculty will include Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), Lee Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), Desiree Desierto (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Sebastian Galiani (University of Maryland), Philip Keefer (Inter-American Development Bank), Gary Libecap (University of California - Santa Barbara), Henry Mohrman (Ronald Coase Institute), John Nye (George Mason University), Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), Chenggang Xu (University of Hong Kong), and more.

Organizers and administrators
The organizers are Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), and Emerlinda Roman (Angara Centre for Law and Economics).  The administrators are Darin Hargis (Ronald Coase Institute) and Mina Pangandaman (Angara Centre for Law and Economics).

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

Call for Papers for a Special Issue in Memory of Ronald Coase
“R. H. Coase: The Man and His Ideas”

Man and the Economy will devote a special issue (December 2014) to the life and ideas of Ronald Coase, the 1991 Nobel Laureate in Economics and Founding Editor of the Journal. During his long academic life, Coase devoted himself to economics, which in his view should investigate how the real world economy works, with all its imperfections. Coase viewed and practiced economics as a social science, a study of man creating wealth in society through various institutional arrangements.

To honor the memory of Coase, the Journal welcomes original research articles that extend and develop Coasian economics, including empirical studies of the structure of production and exchange. It also welcomes critical and constructive commentaries that clarify and elaborate Coasian themes from a law-and-economics/new institutional economics perspective, including but not limited to topics on transaction costs, property rights, theories of the firm, and China’s economic transformation. In addition, it also welcomes personal reflections and reminiscences of Coase as a colleague, a teacher, an editor, and/or a friend.

Submissions must be made online via the Journal’s Web site.
The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014.

Scholarly Ideas and Policy: Videos from Roundtable

What role do scholarly ideas play in influencing policy? Distinguished scholars recently examined how specific policies in different countries have been affected by scholarly ideas. Speakers included Richard Epstein, Scott Gehlbach, Douglass North, Sam Peltzman, Alberto Simpser, and Ning Wang. The roundtable discussion was held at the University of Chicago and was organized by the Ronald Coase Institute and co-sponsored by the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State. See video excerpts here.

Coase and Wang Book Wins 2013 Sir Antony Fisher Award
and 2013 Beijing News Award

The 2013 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award has just been awarded for the book How China Became Capitalist by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang. The award honors outstanding publications produced by independent research institutes that have made the greatest contributions to the public understanding of a free society. On behalf of the Ronald Coase Institute, Ning Wang accepted the prize at a ceremony during the Atlas Network annual conference in New York City.

Book by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang

In addition, the Chinese translation was selected by the Beijing News as the Best Book in Economics in 2013. An awards ceremony was held in China in January 2014. In its first year in print the book sold over 100,000 copies in China.

Book by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang

RONALD COASE, 1910-2013

With great sorrow we write that Ronald Coase, Nobel laureate, Research Advisor of the Ronald Coase Institute, and Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago Law School passed away on September 2, 2013 after a brief illness.

His intellectual contributions were profound and enduring.  His 1991 Nobel prize in economics acknowledged ideas he presented in his first lecture as a young academic in 1932.  Three of his works were celebrated by major scholarly conferences held 50 years after their original publication.  On his 100th birthday, the leading economists of China gathered to pay homage to his influence on China’s economic transformation.

His spirit of inquiry was inspiring. "We do not know. It is our task to find out.”

His generosity to young scholars was immense.  During his last days he spoke of his pride in the young scholars of the Coase Institute network and their contributions.

Recently he was planning his first journey to China and the launching of a new journal Man and the Economy co-edited with Ning Wang. He was reading Science and Nature systematically to examine how natural scientists went about reaching their conclusions.

He was preceded in death last year by his wife Marian, whom he first met in Chicago in 1932.

See obituary and collection of talks, letters, press coverage.

  Ronald Coase Remembered

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   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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