The Life & Legacy of Douglass North

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of North's Nobel Prize in Economics


Lee Alston

Director, Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University-Bloomington
Ostrom Chair & Professor of Economics and Law, Indiana University Bloomington
Research Associate, NBER

John Nye
Frederic Bastiat Chair in Political Economy, Mercatus Center
Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Barry Weingast
Ward C. Krebs Family Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution



Mar 02, 2018Mar 03, 2018
Founders Hall Auditorium George Mason University, Arlington Campus 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

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*PLEASE NOTE: The location of the conference has moved to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for Friday. 

New Location:
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Vernon Smith Hall
3434 Washington Blvd., 4th Floor
Arlington, VA 22201


Twenty-five years ago, in October 1993, Douglass C. North was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. North was recognized for his advances to the field of modern economic history and for integrating sociology, statistics, and history in his research. Specifically, his work on the preconditions and process of institutional transition emphasized the importance of examining economic, political, and social factors in order to better understand economic change over time. North’s expansive research project has made a lasting impact, inspiring others to contribute to economic history, institutional economics, and the study of transitioning economies.
In March 2018, Professors Lee Alston, John Nye, and Barry Weingast will host a conference, sponsored by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, to reflect on the impact of North’s work on the discipline. The conference will be structured around five key periods in North’s career: 1) Cliometrics and Measurement; 2) Relative Prices, Property Rights, and Transaction Costs; 3) Institutions; 4) Belief and Cognition; and 5) Violence. Each theme will have a keynote lecture and a series of paper presentations.

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