Spring 2023

Institutions and Governance

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-479


Christopher G. Kingston (Section 01)


All economic activity is embedded in a framework of institutions including both formal laws and contracts, and informal norms and conventions. Institutions constrain individual behavior and thereby affect resource allocation, income distribution, learning, and economic growth. This course introduces recent approaches to the study of institutions in economics and political science. Particular emphasis will be placed on recent applications to economic history and development, and to theories of institutional stability and change.

Requisite: ECON 420 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Kingston. 

How to handle overenrollment: Students will be asked to write a paragraph indicating their academic background and reasons for wanting to take the course, and the class will be selected to achieve a diverse group. Preference will be given to junior and senior economics majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Reading and discussing analytical and theoretical economic papers, quantitative and analytical reasoning, graphical analysis, writing a final paper.

ECON 479 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM CONV 308
W 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM CONV 308


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2023