Organizational Economics (OE)
Robert Gibbons, Director
The group is also pursuing a significant interest in governed transactions between firms, such as contracts, "hybrid" governance structures (e.g., alliances, joint ventures, networks, and so on), and activities that change firms' boundaries (e.g., start-ups, spin-offs, mergers, and so on). As a result, some of the group's members are drawn from the relevant margins of NBER programs and working groups such as Entrepreneurship, Industrial Organization, and International Trade and Organization.
Finally, many of the principles that apply to governed transactions within and between firms also apply to other kinds of organizations and institutions, so the group is also pursuing a subsidiary interest in organizations such as schools, hospitals, government agencies, and beyond.
The group began in Fall 2002 and is co-funded by MIT's Program on Innovation in Markets and Organizations. So far, we have convened annually for a two-day meeting involving about 15 papers, with comments by discussants.
Working Papers by NBER Working Group - OE