Brian Silverman
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto



(Wednesday, 20th May 2015)

Title : History in institutional research: What, why, and how?

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A key tenet of institutional economics is that institutional context matters. This session will focus on the use of history to understand and exploit institutional contexts in our research. It will offer an overview of historical approaches, ranging from the use of historical data through the application of history-friendly research methods. It will provide examples via a deep dive into recent institutional economics studies that showcase these approaches.

Bibliographical references :

Bates, R. H. (1998). The international coffee organization: An international institution. In R. H. Bates, A. Greif, M. Levi, J.-L. Rosenthal & B. R. Weingast (Eds.), Analytic narratives. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Hansen, Z. K., & Libecap, G. D. (2004). Small farms, externalities, and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Journal of Political Economy, 112(3), 665–694.

Ingram, P., H. Rao and B.S. Silverman. (2012). History in strategy research: What, why, and how?  Advances in Strategic Management, 29: 241-273.

Ingram, P. and B.S. Silverman. (2015). The cultural contingency of structure: Evidence from entry to the slave trade in and around the Abolition movement. Working paper, Columbia University.

Silverman, B.S., & Ingram, P. (2012). Managing agency problems in early shareholder capitalism: An exploration of Liverpool shipping in the 18th century. Social Sciences Research Network Working Paper. Available at abstract_id=2070887