Congratulations to Joe Histen, who successfully defended his dissertation on Monday, August 22. His thesis is titled Three Essays on Institutions and Organizations. Joe quickly headed out to Ohio, where he has already started the semester as a new assistant professor at the College of Wooster.
Meanwhile, my former student Leshui He, now at Bates College, has recently published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. The paper, which emerged from Leshui’s dissertation, is called “Beyond Asset Ownership: Employment and Assetless Firms in the Property Rights theory of the Firm.”
Proposal submission will close soon for the third annual WINIR conference, which will take place this September 2-5 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. The first two conferences — in London and then in Rio — were great events, and this year should prove equally exciting. Plenary speakers are Daron Acemoglu (MIT, economics), John L. Campbell (Dartmouth, sociology), our former UConn colleague Margaret Gilbert (UC Irvine, philosophy), Henry Hansmann (Yale, law), and Wendy Wood (USC, psychology). Submit your abstract now.
I was recently asked by a staffer of the UK House of Lords to contribute written testimony on an inquiry into “online platforms and the EU Digital Single Market.” They wanted to hear about the concept of dynamic competition, and they gave me a set of questions, which I answered in a rather abstract way. The testimony has now been published on Parliament’s website.