On November 2-3, 2018, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and Political Science hosted the third annual conference on the Economics of Social Sector Organizations in Chicago.
The two-day conference featured theoretical and empirical presentations that explored the broad range of organizations addressing social issues, the roles they play in society, their performance, and the reasons for their existence. View the full conference agenda (pdf).
The following papers were presented at the Economics of Social Sector Organizations Conference:
"The Economics of Scale-Up"
Jonathan M.V. Davis - Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon
Jonathan Guryan - Professor and Chair, Human Development and Social Policy Faculty Fellow, School of Education and Social Policy; Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University
Kelly Hallberg - Scientific Director, Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago
Jens Ludwig - McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy in the School of Social Service Administration and Harris; Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab
"Gangs of Medellin: How Criminals Govern Civilians and Why"
Chris Blattman - Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute and Harris Public Policy
Gustavo Duncan - Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universidad de Los Andes and Visiting Professor at EAFIT University
Benjamin Lessing - Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Chicago
Santiago Tobon - Post-doctoral fellow, University of Chicago Pearson Institute and Harris Public Policy and Innovations for Poverty Action
"The Science of Using Science"
John List - Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
"Contracts with Benefits: The Implementation of Impact Investing"
Christopher Geczy - Adjunct Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Wharton Wealth Management Initiative; Academic Director, Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research
Jessica S. Jeffers - Assistant Professor of Finance and David G. Booth Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
David K. Musto - Ronald O. Perelman Professor in Finance, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
Anne M. Tucker - Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law
"Tax-exempt Lobbying: Corporate Philanthropy as a Tool for Political Influence"
Marianne Bertrand - Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation; Director Poverty Labs at the University of Chicago
Matilde Bombardini - Associate Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia
Raymond Fisman - Slater Family Professor in Behavioral Economics at Boston University
Francesco Trebbi – Professor of Economics in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia
"The Effects of Fair Trade Certification: Evidence from Coffee Producers in Costa Rica"
Raluca Dragusanu - Data Scientist at DataKind
Nathan Nunn - Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University
"Depositors Disciplining Banks: The Impact of Scandals"
Mikael Homanen - PhD Candidate in Finance at Cass Business School City, University of London
"Social Ties and the Delivery of Development Programs"
Oriana Bandiera - Professor of Economics, Sir Anthony Atkinson Chair in Economics, Director of STICERD at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Robin Burgess - Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science; Founder and Director of International Growth Centre
Erika Deserranno - Assistant Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Ricardo Morel - Country Director, Myanmar, Innovations for Poverty Action
Imran Rasul - Professor of Economics, University College London; Co-Director, ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Co-director, Entrepreneurship Research Program, International Growth Centre
Munshi Sulaiman - Director of REALM at Save the Children International
View our call for papers here (pdf).
In fall 2016, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and Political Science cohosted the inaugural conference on the Economics of Social Sector Organizations, in Chicago.
This academic research conference brought together 40 faculty members from institutions across the globe, including CUNY’s Karna Basu, UCLA’s Bhagwan Chowdry, Duke’s Ofer Eldar, London School of Economic’s Maitreesh Ghatak, Harvard’s Oliver Hart, University of Oxford’s James Malcomson, Columbia’s Andrea Prat, and Loughborough University–London’s Justin Tumlinson.
The conference focuses on the growing set of organizations that are neither traditional profit-maximizing firms nor traditional wholly publicly owned or controlled government agencies.
The 2017 conference was held in London on September 22–23. The Rustandy Center and the Marshall Institute will continue to alternate hosting duties for future conferences.
To learn more about the conference, please email Salma Nassar.