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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

International Society for New Institutional Economics annual meeting brings more than 250 economists and political scientists to Tucson this week

Participants come from 30 countries and include Nobel Prize Winner Douglass North, Paul Joskow of MIT, and Oliver Williamson of University of California, Berkeley.

TUCSON , Ariz. – September 28, 2004 – The International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) brings its eighth annual conference to Tucson this week September 30 - October 2, 2004. The event, held at the Westward Look Resort, brings together more than 250 economists and political scientists from 30 countries to share their current research on institutional frameworks that affect economic growth, including political and regulatory institutions, technology transfer, property rights, law, economic development, and trade.

Highlights of the packed three-day event include:

  • Nobel Prize Winner Douglass North’s lunchtime session, “Understanding the Process of Economic Change,” Friday, October 1 st
  • Hoover Senior Fellow Terry Anderson will talk about how property rights and market exchange can more effectively address environmental problems
  • Three sessions will examine differences in energy regulation in the U.S., France, and Britain and how they affect price and reliability of supply

Gary D. Libecap , Eller College of Management professor of economics, law, and entrepreneurial studies, and director of the Karl Eller Center for the Study of Private Market Economy at The University of Arizona, is the incoming president of ISNIE. He comments, “The Society and its conference brings together the global experts from a variety of fields—economics, law, natural resources, and political science—to share in interdisciplinary dialogue on some of the key issues of economic development and environmental regulation facing the world. As a top research and land-grant institution, The University of Arizona is an ideal place to hold this event, which will result in a furthering of new ideas, research, and advancement of issues critical to economics today and in the future.”

Hosts of the event include:

  • The University of Arizona’s Economics Department, Eller College of Management
  • The University of Arizona’s Karl Eller Center for the Study of Private Market Economy, Eller College of Management
  • Cardon Chair, Dean Lueck, and The University of Arizona’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture

The International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) was founded in 1997 to stimulate and disseminate interdisciplinary research on economic, political, and social institutions and their effects on economic activity. Topics of interest include the organization and boundaries of the firm; structure and performance of contractual arrangements; the determinants and impacts of property rights and transactions costs on resource allocation and governance institutions; the causes and effects of government regulatory and competition policies; the structure and effects of legal, social, and political institutions on economics performance; the role and response of organizations to innovation and technological change; and the nature of economic development and transition economics. More information can be found at

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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