Political Science | Empirical Theory & Methodology
Y673 | 20085 | Ostrom & Bianco

Empirical Theory & Methodology: Institutional Analysis &
Development: Micro
			Instructors: Professors Ostrom and Bianco

		This class meets at 513 N. Park

During the fall semester of this year-long course, we provide a
brief overview of the
literature focusing on the analysis of individual behavior within
various types of institutional arrangements.  Many of the topics
covered here in one week could well be the topic for a full
semester's work.  Thus, once you have completed the semester,
you will have been introduced to a diversity of work, but you will
not yet have gained mastery and will need substantial additional
study to gain that mastery.  For some subjects, we have listed
additional readings that you may wish to pursue either during this
semester on those topics of particular interest and importance to
you or over the coming years.

The syllabus for this course is on the Workshop website at:
http://www.indiana.edu/~workshop/seminar.html.  The assigned
readings will be distributed at least one week in advance or be at
the IU Bookstore.  Graduate
students taking the course for credit have three types of
assignments.  First, each student is expected to write a short (2-5
page) memo to the instructor each week reflecting on what they are
currently reading, how they are progressing on their seminar paper,
and related topics.  These memos are not individually graded, but
part of the final grade will be based on class participation, and
the faithfulness and quality of the memos will be reflected in this
part of the grade.

Second, there will be an exam given toward the end of the semester.
Third, a final paper is required.  Each student will be expected to
select either a type of problem (such as that of providing a
particular type of public goods or common-pool resource) or a type
of decision-making arrangement (such as that of a legislature or
market structure) and undertake a micro-analysis of how combinations
of rules, the structure of the goods and technology involved, and
culture interact to affect the incentives facing individuals and
resulting patterns of interactions adopted by individuals in one or
a set of closely related situations.  The student may focus more on
an operational, a collective-choice, or a
constitutional-choice level, but the linkage among these levels
should be addressed.  This is an excellent opportunity to do a
research design for a dissertation that applies institutional
analysis to a particular problem.  Students may wish to do the first
draft of a paper that eventually will be submitted for publication.
All papers will be presented at a Mini-Conference on December 8 and
10, 2007.