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Spring 2023 IOG-BFI Conference

The Institutions, Organizations, and Growth (IOG) Program, in partnership with the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at the University of Chicago (BFI), invited 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 were invited. For questions, please contact bfi-events@uchicago.edu.

All times are listed in CST.


Friday, March 24, 2023
The Conference will take place on the 8th floor.
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am
The Political Economy of Moral Boundaries
Ben Enke, Harvard University (Presenter)
10:30 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Doing What Others Do’ Does Not Stabilize Continuous Norms

Rob Boyd, Arizona State University (Presenter)

Sarah Mathew, Arizona State University (Co-author)

Minhua Yan, Arizona State University (Co-author)

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Room 802

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Bourbon Reforms and State Capacity in the Spanish Empire

Felipe Valencia Caicedo, University of British Columbia (Co-author)

Giorgio Chiovelli, Universidad de Montevideo (Co-author)

Leopoldo Fergusson, Universidad de los Andes (Co-author)

Luis R. Martinez, University of Chicago (Presenter)

Juan David Torres, Stanford University (Co-author)

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Evening Reception

Room 802

Saturday, March 25, 2023
The Conference will take place on the 5th floor.
8:30 am - 9:00 am

5th Floor Lobby

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Good Rents versus Bad Rents: R&D Misallocation and Growth

Philippe Aghion, College de France (Presenter)

Antonin Bergeaud, HEC Paris (Co-author)

Timo Boppart, Stockholm University (Co-author)

Peter J. Klenow, Stanford University (Co-author)

Huiyu Li, San Francisco Federal Reserve (Presenter)

10:30 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
A Stepping Stone Approach to Norm Transitions

Selim Gulesci, Trinity College Dublin (Co-author)

Sam Jindani, National University of Singapore (Co-author)

Eliana la Ferrara, Harvard (Presenter)

David Smerdon, University of Queensland (Co-author)

Munshi Sulaiman, BRAC University (Co-author)

Peyton Young, University of Oxford (Co-author)

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Room 501/502

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Political Economy of the Decline of Antitrust Enforcement in the United States

Filippo Lancieri, ETH Zurich Center for Law and Economics (Co-author)

Eric Posner, University of Chicago (Co-author)

Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago (Presenter)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Afternoon Reception
7:00 pm
Conference Dinner

The Chicago Firehouse

1401 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Sunday, March 26, 2023
The Conference will take place on the 5th floor.
8:00 am - 8:30 am
5th Floor Lobby
8:30 am - 9:00 am
IOG Business Meeting
Program Members and BFI Senior Staff
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Policy Experimentation in China: the Political Economy of Policy Learning

David Yang, Harvard University

10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Flexibility Through Delay

Hunt Allcott, Stanford University (Co-author)

Matt Gentzkow, Stanford University (Presenter)

Carl Meyer, Silver Rock Financial LP (Co-author)

Lena Song, Columbia University (Co-author)

12:15 pm
Conference Adjourns