Avner Greif, noted Stanford Economic historian, will speak on his current research. Avner Greif received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his B.A. from Tel Aviv University. His research interests include European economic history, the historical development of economic institutions, their interrelations with political, social and cultural factors and their impact on economic growth. His current research focuses on institutional development and economic growth in pre-modern Europe, as well as coercion and markets.
Greif's recent publications include "A Theory of Endogenous Institutional Change," (with David Laitin) American Political Science Review, 2004; "Cultural Beliefs and the Organization of Society: Historical and Theoretical Reflection on Collectivist and Individualist Societies," The Journal of Political Economy, (October 1994); and "Coordination, Commitment and Enforcement: The Case of the Merchant Gild" (with Paul Milgrom and Barry Weingast), The Journal of Political Economy, (August 1994).
Avner Greif is a faculty associate at CDDRL.