WINIR Session on “Institutional Economics”

WINIR Session on “Institutional Economics”

We are pleased to invite submissions for a special session on “Institutional Economics” sponsored by the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) at the 58th SIE (Italian Society of Economists) Conference to be held at University of Calabria (Cosenza) on 19-21 October 2017.

Although in the early twentieth century the original institutionalists explored how institutions and rules shape human interactions, affect the economic transactions and move resources through society, since the formulation of the so-called Coase theorem in the 1960s, rules (especially property rights) and institutions (especially the market) have become dominant themes of theoretical and empirical analysis. Today, what “scholars of institutions” think about such themes will eventually affect policy-makers’ decisions.

In this panel, we would like to encourage the discussion of “institutions matter” theories. The special session is calling for papers concerned with how institutions function, how they evolve, how they should be evaluated, and potentially transformed. Papers from an interdisciplinary background discussing the following issues are particularly welcome:

  • The importance of comparative institutional analysis for formulating policy.
  • The links between law and economics, both in theory and the real world.
  • Different methodologies in the analysis of institutional change.
  • New methodologies to investigate legal-economic complexities.
  • Unexplored field of research concerning the impact of institutions on society.

Proposal submission
Abstract proposals, not exceeding 400 words and including keywords, JEL codes and full affiliations, must be sent to Massimiliano Vatiero ( by 15 June 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 10 August 2017.

Session coordinators
Angela Ambrosino, Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica Cognetti deMartiis, Università di Torino (
Massimiliano Vatiero, “Brenno Galli” Chair of Law and Economics, Università della Svizzera italiana, & Founding and Elected Council Member of the WINIR (

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