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The Ronald Coase Institute Workshop on Institutional Analysis

Attend this workshop to

  • Hear established institutional scholars discuss their research and their strategies for formulating questions, developing analysis, and communicating results effectively.
  • Present your own research project twice and receive feedback from many sources

- first within a small group with faculty guidance
- after revising, formally to the entire workshop, with assigned discussants.
Ten full-time faculty will provide intensive mentoring to the 26 participants.

  • Network closely with faculty and other young scholars who have an enduring interest in institutional analysis. After the daily sessions, enjoy informal conversations with faculty and participants during delicious dinners. The workshop ends with a special event and gala dinner.

Upon graduation, become part of a worldwide scholarly network with alumni from 69 countries.

Who is eligible?

Postdoctoral social scientists - early in their careers
Advanced graduate students - in economics, political science, law, and other social sciences.

Selection and attendance

Admission is limited to 26 individuals at most. Participants will be selected competitively on the basis of their research abstracts, CVs, and references. Abstracts are evaluated on the clarity and importance of the research question, the analysis, and the institutional focus. Projects with empirically testable implications are preferred. Admissions decisions will be announced in February.

Note that work already published is not eligible, and previous participants are not eligible to apply again.

The pace is intense and rewarding. Participants must attend all sessions and give as well as receive feedback.

How to apply

Apply by January 31, 2015 ! Young scholars worldwide are eligible to apply; 26 participants will be selected competitively.

Applications should be sent online at
There you will also need to upload your research abstract (350 words max), 1-page CV, statement of purpose, and the names of two references. Please submit all materials in English, the language of the workshop.

Alternatively you can apply via e-mail. See details at the bottom of the online application page.


The cost of the workshop - tuition, meals, and housing - is $2500 USD. (This does not include travel expenses.) Many fellowships will be awarded competitively to scholars for whom the workshop cost is a hardship, to cover tuition, meals, and housing. If you wish to be considered for a fellowship, upload your request for a fellowship with your application. All participants must stay in workshop housing, and all participants are responsible for paying their own travel expenses.

Organizers and administrators

The organizers are Mary Shirley (Ronald Coase Institute), Alexandra Benham (Ronald Coase Institute), and KW Chau (Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research). The administrators are Darin Hargis (Ronald Coase Institute) and Moly Lau (Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research).

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