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About ISNIE

What is New Institutional Economics?

The New Institutional Economics (NIE) is an interdisciplinary enterprise combining economics, law, organization theory, political science, sociology and anthropology to understand the institutions of social, political and commercial life. It borrows liberally from various social-science disciplines, but its primary language is economics. Its goal is to explain what institutions are, how they arise, what purposes they serve, how they change and how - if at all – they should be reformed.

ISNIE Mission Statement

ISNIE encourages rigorous theoretical and empirical investigation of these topics using approaches drawn from economics, organization theory, law, political science, and other social sciences. The Society makes a special effort to encourage participation from scholars around the world, with membership from over 46 countries. ISNIE is committed to young scholars as well as those from developing and transitional economies.

Officers 2013 :

  • President: Eric Brousseau
  • President-Elect: John de Figueiredo
  • 1st Vice-President: Henry Smith
  • 2nd Vice-President: Sergei Guriev
  • Secretary: Giorgio Zanarone
  • Treasurer: Peter Klein
  • Coordinator and webmaster: Bruno Chaves
  • Web editor: Michael Sykuta

Board Members:

  • Doug Allen
  • Marco Casari
  • Ricard Gil
  • Gillian Hadfield
  • Andy Hanssen
  • Francine Lafontaine
  • David Levine
  • Desmond Lo
  • John Wallis
  • Patrick Warren

Past Presidents:

  • Ronald Coase, 1996-1997
  • Douglass C. North, 1997-1999
  • Oliver E. Williamson, 1999-2001
  • Claude Ménard, 2001-2002
  • Paul L. Joskow, 2002-2003
  • Mary M. Shirley, 2003-2004
  • Gary D. Libecap, 2004-2005
  • Benito Arruñada, 2005-2006
  • Lee Alston, 2006-2007
  • Thrainn Eggertsson, 2007-2008
  • Scott Masten, 2008-2009
  • Pablo Spiller, 2009-2010
  • Frank Stephen, 2010-2011
  • Barry Weingast, 2011-2012
  • Lee Epstein, 2012-2013