The George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State hosts conferences where members of the business, academic, and public policy communities gather to exchange views on and debate ideas about the center’s research agenda. The center also seeks to raise awareness of important economic and policy issues at events open to students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and other members of the public.

Upcoming Events

December 5, 6, 8, 2016

Mini-Course: "Political Economy in China: Capital Markets, Governance, and Growth" with Bernard Y. Yeung (National University of Singapore)

Join us for a a mini-course of three stand-alone interrelated lunch seminars with Bernard Yeung (NUS).

Professor Bernard Yeung is the Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor in Finance and Strategic Management at National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. Before joining NUS in June 2008, he was the Abraham Krasnoff Professor in Global Business, Economics, and Management at New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business. He has also served as the Director of the NYU China House, the honorary co-chair of the Strategy Department of the Peking University Guanghua School of Management, and Advisory Professor at the East China Normal University. From 1988 to 1999, he taught at the University of Michigan and at the University of Alberta from 1983 to 1988.

All seminars will take place from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in the Harper Center, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.

  • Monday, December 5 in C25: Anti-Corruption Reforms and Shareholder Valuations: Evidence from China
  • Tuesday, December 6 in C08: the Chinese Growth Model
  • Thursday, December 8 in C25: the Chinese Economy: Moving Forward

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January 9–13, 2017

Week-Long Visit by David Yermack (NYU)

David L. Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business. Professor Yermack teaches joint MBA - Law School courses in Restructuring Firms & Industries and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring.

Details coming soon.

March 3–4, 2017

How Incomplete is the Theory of the Firm?

The standard (economic) theory of the firm is silent on the role firms can play in shaping the rules of the game under which they operate. In reality, many firms lobby politicians and try to capture regulators in order to modify the rules of the game in their favor. Some scholars have argued that the resources devoted to these activities are relatively so small that they are likely to have insignificant effects, and/or that regardless of how much firms invest in political activities, in a well-functioning democracy there are countervailing forces that effectively level the playing field. Other scholars have noted that the resources firms devote to shaping the rules of the game to their own advantage are sufficiently large and their effects sufficiently important to warrant a rethinking of the standard economic theory of the firm. Which of these two views has more empirical support? If the latter, should the economic theory of the firm be modified? If so, how, and is the potential fix better or worse than the existing problem?

To address these questions The Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Harvard Business School will organize a conference March 3–4, 2017, in Chicago.  

The conference will be by invitation only. Researchers interested in receiving an invitation, please submit your CV via email or mail to the Stigler Center's Assistant Director: Sarah Niemann, Stigler Center, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637.

Call for Papers

We invite researchers with papers that speak to these issues to submit them by December 31 2016via email or mail to Stigler Center's Assistant Director: Sarah Niemann, Stigler Center, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago Il, 60637. The papers for presentation will be selected and the authors notified by January 21, 2017.

Conference Organizers

  • Luigi Zingales, Chicago Booth
  • Karthik Ramanna, Oxford University
  • Davis Moss, Harvard Business School
  • Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School

March 6, 2017

"E Pluribus Unum: Thoughts on the Perils and Promise of an Aging Democracy" with David Moss (HBS)

Is American democracy in trouble? Professor David Moss will take up this question from an historical perspective, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s political system as it has evolved over the past 230-plus years. He will pay particular attention to the nature of political conflict over time, and whether partisan divisions and other political fault lines have become especially dangerous today, as many commentators contend. Ultimately, he will consider whether it’s possible for America’s aging democracy to overcome its many challenges—and if so, how. Over the past several years, Professor Moss has developed a case-method course on the history of American democracy, available to both Harvard undergraduates and business school students, and he recently finished writing a book on the subject called Democracy: A Case Study, which will be published by Harvard University Press in early 2017.

David Moss is the Paul Whiton Cherington Professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) unit. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Yale. In 1992-1993, he served as a senior economist at Abt Associates. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in July 1993.

5–6:30 p.m.
Reception at 4:30 p.m.

Harper Center 104
5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

March 27–29, 2017

Is There a Concentration Problem in the United States?

The Stigler Center will host a three-day conference in Chicago in March 2017, bringing together academics, regulators, and public intellectuals to discuss one of the most interesting questions of our time: is there a concentration problem in the United States?

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November 30, 2016

"The Euro" a Conversation with Stiglitz and Brunnermeier, Moderated by Zingales

Is the euro doomed? Or is it an irreversible step toward a closer political union, which has brought peace and stability to Europe? To discuss these fundamental questions, we will have on the one side Nobel prize winner and author of the book The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University), and on the other side a rising star in the economics profession and co-author of the book The Euro and the Battle of Ideas, Markus Brunnermeier (Princeton University). Our own Luigi Zingales will moderate the debate.

Noon–1:15 p.m.

Harper Center 104
5807 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

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