Why Nations Succeed: The Social, Economic and Legal Building Blocks for Success

April 3, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Low Memorial Library, Rotunda
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
United States
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The Center for Global Economic Governance, the Center for Contract and Economic Organization and the Program for Economic Research at Columbia University cordially invite you to


Why Nations Succeed
The Social, Economic and Legal Building Blocks for Success


Despite may years of research and interventions, the modern world is characterized by extraordinary wealth combined with widespread poverty and violence. This panel brings together respected scholars from Anthropology, Economics, Finance and Law to discuss the challenges before us and how their research may provide new ways to tackle these issues and build successful nations.


Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; John Bates Clark Medal winner and author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy and Introduction to Modern Economic Growth.

Jean Ensminger, Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Social Science at the California Institute of Technology; author of Experimenting with Social Norms: Fairness and Punishment in Cross-Cultural Perspective and Making a Market: The Institutional Transformation of an African Society.

Ulrike Malmendier, Edward J. and Mollie Arnold Professor and Professor of Finance, University of California Berkeley; winner of the Fischer Black Prize in Finance and author of The Origins of the Corporation.

Robert E. Scott, Alfred McCormack Professor of Law and Director, Center on Contract and Economic Organization, Columbia University;  winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award and  author of Foundations of Commercial Law, Contract Law and Theory, and The Limits of Leviathan: Contract Theory and the Enforcement of International Law.

Moderated by W. Bentley MacLeod, Sami Mnaymneh Professor of Economics and Professor of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Economic Governance, the Center for Contract and Economic Organization and the Program for Economic Research.

A reception will follow in the Faculty Room
Please RSVP at whynationssucceed.eventbrite.com.