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Spring 2015 Symposium
May 8, 2015

The three papers of this symposium addressed "Hunger Games: Labor Contracting from Mesopotamia to Rome" in three different situations: Mesopotamia, Archaic and Classical Sparta, and the Late Antique Roman world. 

Boundaries of the Firm Winter Symposium
February 20, 2015
In this symposium, Alain Bresson and Suresh Naidu built on analyses developed in their very different terrains of Ancient Greece and the American South, respectively, to explore new lines of research for the question of bound labor in history and society.

Boundaries of the Firm Autumn Symposium
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October 10, 2014
Participants in the autumn symposium, "Consent, Contract and Bound Labor in a Comparative Perspective," confronted institutional solutions in three different economic contexts: Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Modern Period.

The Boundaries of the Firm Spring Symposium 
April 25, 2014
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Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall
The Boundaries of the Firm 2013-14 Workshop Series presented talks on the role of the global environment in the definition of institutions based on three different dossiers. Jessica Goldberg (UCLA) presented "Re-considering risk and the 'Maghribi' traders': Business organization and the economy in the eleventh-century Mediterranean"; Ulrike Malmendier (University of California, Berkeley) presented "The evolution of organizations in ancient Rome: the political and legal environment"; and Aldo Musacchio (Harvard Business School) presented "New Varieties of State Capitalism".

Slavery and Agency Inside a 19th-century Saharan Commercial House in Timbuktu
March 5, 2014
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Regenstein Library , Room A-11 (lower level)
The Boundaries of the Firm 2013-2014 Workshop Series presented a talk by Bruce Hall (Duke University) with a shorter presentation, "The Ecology of Firms in the Eighteenth-Century Lyonnais Silk Industry" by William Sewell (UChicago).

The Clan and the City: Sustaining Cooperation in China and Europe
February 19, 2014

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Regenstein Library, Room 122
The Boundaries of the Firm 2013-2014 Workshop Series presented a talk by Avner Greif (Stanford University) with a shorter presentation, "Corporate Villages? Property Rights and Community Membership in the Late Imperial and 20th Century Yangzi Delta" by Ken Pomeranz (UChicago).

The Domestic and Institutional Economy: A View from Mesoamerica
January 29, 2014
Regenstein Library , Room 122
​The Boundaries of the Firm 2013-2014 Workshop Series presented a talk by Kenneth Hirth (Penn State) examining the model of the firm and its fit for the cross-cultural, comparative study of ancient economy with a shorter presentation, "Land Rights and the Agricultural Firm-Household in Rural Zambia" given by Alessandra Voena (University of Chicago).

What Could it Mean to Talk about the Theory of the Firm in Historical Context?
December 4, 2013

Regenstein Library , Room 122
In the third program of The Working Group on Comparative Economics Autumn Quarter series, "New Approaches in the Theory of the Firm," Charles F. Sabel (Columbia Law School) presented, with shorter presentations given by Matthew Stolper (University of Chicago) and Ioana Marinescu (University of Chicago). 

Firms, Friends or Family? Organizing a Business in Ancient Rome
November 20, 2013

Classics Building, Room 110
The Working Group on Comparative Economics Autumn Quarter series held its second program in the series, "New Approaches in the Theory of the Firm."

Organizations Past, Present, and Future: A View from Organizational Economics
November 6, 2013
Regenstein Library , Room 122
The Working Group on Comparative Economics presented "Organizations Past, Present, and Future: A View from Organizational Economics," the first program of the Autumn Quarter series, ‘New Approaches in the Theory of the Firm.’

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