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An immense body of research has shown that former formal and informal legal and political institutions - e.g., the extent of democracy and the strength of individual cultural values, respectively - shape contemporary institutions and development (Tabellini, 2010). Yet, only a few contributions (Acemoglu, Johnson and Robinson, 2001; Aghion, Alesina and Trebbi, 2004; Fleck and Hanssen, 2006; Guerriero, 2010) have tried to understand which primitive factors have determined the origins and evolution of these institutional settings. The scope of the "endogneous institutions" research program is to develop an organic framework for: 1. indentifying the basic efficiency-enhancing and rent-seeking forces that have shaped institutional evolution over time; 2. analyzing how formal and informal institutions interact with each other; 3. discerning the individual contribution of each type of institutional setting.

Detail Summary
Date 17 May 2011
Time 10:30 - 17:30
Program The Origins of Formal and Informal Institutions

The Key Questions Addressed in this Workshop

  • What are the determinants of the capacity of a state to tax or punish its citizens?
  • What are the cultural and technological determinants of the legal balance among different market pricing institutions - i.e., voluntary exchange through money, theft, agency?
  • What are the technological determinants of culture and democracy?
  • What is the interaction between more or less democratic institutions and the economic environment?

Invited Speakers

The invited speakers for this workshop are: Serra Boranbay (Mannheim), Brian Burgoon (UvA), Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci (UvA), Carmine Guerriero (UvA), Andy Hanssen (Clemson University), Enrico Perotti (UvA) and Hans-Joachim Voth (Pompeu Fabra).'


The workshop will be held from 10.30 to 18.00 hrs. at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Amsterdam, Room E0.03, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam.


For this workshop it is required to register in advance (free of charge) before May 10, 2011. Send an email with your contact information and affiliation.