Literature Talk: Institutions and Development on May 8th.

We are glad to announce our first ASNIE literature talk on May 8th from 14.00 – 15.30!

Valentin Seidler will present 13 influential articles covering the connection between institutions and economic development.

Literature talks address students and scholars, who like to be introduced to the field of new institutional economics. The talks primarily aim at raising interest. That’s why we try to cover a range of literature in a short time  (see list of articles below).

Location: C3 Centrum für Internationale Entwicklung, 1090 Wien, Sensengasse 3 in the „Alois Wagner Saal“. This is close to the University Campus (Altes AKH). We hope to provide an informal atmosphere, which will encourage discussions. There will be coffee waiting from 14.00 to 16.00.

For any questions, please contact valentin.seidler(at)


Literature discussed:

North, D. (1994), ‘Economic Performance through Time’, American Economic Review, 84(3): 359-368.

Rodrik, D., A. Subramanian and F.Trebbi (2004), ‘Institutions Rule: The Primacy of Institutions over Geography and Integration in Economic Development’, Journal of Economic Growth, 9(2): 131-165.

Williamson, O. (2000), ‘The New Institutional Economics: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead’, Journal of Economic Literature, 38(3): 596-613.


Tai Landa, J. (1994): The Enigma of the Kula Ring, Chapt 7 in: Trust, Ethnicity, and Identity, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Galiani, S., and E. Schargrodsky (2010), ‚Property rights for the poor: Effects of land titling‘, Journal of Public Economics, 94(9-10): 700-729.

Greif, A. (1989), ‚Reputation and Coalitions in Medieval Trade: Evidence on the Maghribi Traders‘, Journal of Economic History, 49 (4): 857-882.

La Porta, R., F. Lopez-de-Silanes, A. Shleifer and R. Vishny (1999), ‘The Quality of Government, Journal of Law’, Economics and Organization, 15(1): 222–282.

Acemoglu, D., S. Johnson, and J. Robinson (2002), ‘Reversal of Fortune: Geography and Institutions in the Making of the Modern World Income Distribution’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 117(4): 1231–1294.

Boettke, P., C. Coyne, and P. Leeson (2008), ‘Institutional Stickiness and the New Development Economics’, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 67(2): 331-358.

Rodrik, D. (2008), ‘Second-Best Institutions’, American Economic Review, 98(2): 100-104.


Ménard, C. and M. Shirley (2014), ‚The future of new institutional economics: from early intuitions to a new paradigm?‘, Journal of Institutional Economics, forthcoming.

Shirley, M. (2008), ‚Institutions and Development‘ in: Menard, C. and M. Shirely (eds) Handbook of New Institutional Economics, Dordrecht: Springer.

Jütting, J. (2003), ‚Institutions and Development: A Critical Review‘, OECD Development Centre Working Paper, 210(8): 1-47.