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The Institutions, Organizations, and Growth (IOG) Program, in partnership with the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago (BFI), invites leading scholars and IOG members to convene three times annually for research conferences and academic exchange. The IOG Program aims to move beyond the limits of traditional economic approaches and provide new frameworks for understanding why some nations succeed economically while others continually fail; why institutions that foster wealth and well-being in one culture, location, or historical period may be less effective in another; and what policies will create the greatest potential for progress. The IOG Program has a long tradition of fruitful interdisciplinary interactions among scholars from a wide range of analytical perspectives in the social sciences.

Participation in IOG-BFI conferences is by invitation only. Scholars who study topics related to institutions, organizations, and growth across a wide variety of disciplines will be invited. For questions, please contact bfi-events@uchicago.edu.

All times are listed in CST.

Agenda

Friday, March 22, 2024
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast

Room 503

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Jim Crow and Black Economic Progress after Slavery

Lukas Althoff, Stanford University

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Break

Room 503

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Paternalistic Discrimination

Nina Buchmann, Stanford University

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch
Room 501-502
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Cost of Regulatory Compliance in the United States

Francesco Trebbi, University of California, Berkeley

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Reception

Room 501-502

Saturday, March 23, 2024
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast
Room 503
9:00 am - 10:30 am
The Diffusion of Ideas

Caterina Chiopris, Harvard University

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Break

Room 503

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Political Economy of Neoliberal Narratives

Tim Besley, London School of Economics and Political Science

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch
Room 501-502
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Cost of State-building: Germany’s Government in Historical Perspective

Leander Heldring, Northwestern University

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Break

Room 503

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Discussion and Conclusions
7:00 pm
Conference Dinner
Sunday, March 24, 2024
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast
Room 503
9:00 am - 10:30 am
The Impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on the U.S. Economy

Carlo Medici, Northwestern University

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Break

Room 503

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Local Politics in Nations and Empires

Roger Myerson, University of Chicago

12:30 pm
Conference Concludes