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Oliver Williamson Speaker Profile
2009 Economics Nobel Prize co-WinnerTopics:
– Public Policy Toward Business (antitrust, regulation, corporate governance)
– New Institutional Economics
– Industrial Organization
Oliver Eaton Williamson is an American author in the area of transaction cost economics. Prof. Williamson received his S.B. in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1955, M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1960, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1963.
From 1965 to 1983 Prof. Williamson was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and from 1983 to 1988, Gordon B. Tweedy Professor of Economics of Law and Organization at Yale University.
Prof. Williamson has held professorships in business administration, economics, and law at the University of California, Berkeley since 1988 and is currently the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business. He has held professorships in business administration, economics, and law at the University of California, Berkeley since 1988.
In 2009 Prof. Williamson was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for “his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm”, sharing it with Elinor Ostrom.
Professor Williamson is the Honorary Founding Editor of the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization and is a past president of the Western Economic Association and the International Society for New Institutional Economics. He has published six books and over 140 articles. His book, The Economic Institutions of Capitalism: Firms, Markets, Relational Contracting, is said to be the most frequently cited work in social science research.
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