Book Seminar: Institutional Foundations of Impersonal Exchange: The Theory and Policy of Contractual Registries
| Lasse Lien |
Very shortly O&M will host a Virtual Seminar on former guest blogger Benito Arruñada’s important new book, Institutional Foundations of Impersonal Exchange: The Theory and Policy of Contractual Registries (University of Chicago Press, 2012). The blurb:
Governments and development agencies spend considerable resources building property and company registries to protect property rights. When these efforts succeed, owners feel secure enough to invest in their property and banks are able use it as collateral for credit. Similarly, firms prosper when entrepreneurs can transform their firms into legal entities and thus contract more safely. Unfortunately, developing registries is harder than it may seem to observers, especially in developed countries, where registries are often taken for granted. As a result, policies in this area usually disappoint.
So stay tuned for this. While we are finalizing the last details of the virtual seminar, you may want to attend one of Benito’s presentations:
- November 26: University of Maryland, Seminar on Trade, Institutions and Politics, November 26, 2012. (Rm. 4103, Tydings Hall; 15:30-17:00). (https://www.econ.umd.edu/about/events/752).
- November 27: Millennium Challenge Corporation, Washington DC, (875 15th St., NW; 12:00-13:00).
- November 28: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Public Choice Seminar Series (http://www.gmu.edu/centers/publicchoice/wed%20seminars/wedsem_fall12.html), (Carow Hall, 16:00-15:15).
- November 30: Cato Institute, Washington DC. Lunchtime Discussion (by invitation only). Discussant: Klaus Deininger, World Bank (1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC).
- December 3: Harvard Law School, Private Law Workshop (http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k84712), (13:00-15:00).
- December 4: Harvard University, Law and Economics Seminar (http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k84712), 2012 (17:00-19:00).
- December 5: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA, (Lincoln House, 113 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA; 12:00-14:00). (https://www.lincolninst.edu/education/education-coursedetail.asp?id=867).