Centre for Institutional Performance (CIP)
The centre focuses on issues at the interface of economics, politics, sociology and history. It examines the nature of the institutions used to coordinate activities in different sectors of the economy, including high-technology industries, consumer goods industries, network industries and service industries. It investigates issues relating to consumer protection, the regulation of transport and utility industries, and the role of non-profit institutions (charities, national and local government, etc.) in the provision of goods and services. Adopting a comparative historical perspective, it analyses the evolution of institutional arrangements in different countries over long periods of time.
It sponsors a regular programme of conferences and workshops (about four per year), some of which are held in conjunction with the Centre for Economic History.
Members of the Centre have carried out consulting projects for government departments including Business Innovation and Skills, UK Trade and Investment, HM Treasury, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They have also consulted for the European Commission, UNCTAD, UN-ECLAC, and the World Bank.
Our aims are:
- To support policy-makers in creating institutional arrangements conducive to the effective implementation of policy in a wide variety of contexts;
- To assist managers in business, public and charitable enterprises to improve the performance of their organizations;
- To contribute to policy debate on long-term issues of social and economic significance, such as building trust, improving social cohesion, encouraging ethical consumption and promoting economic and financial stability. We are involved in policy debates concerning households, firms and communities in both developed and developing countries.
The centre is a joint venture between the School of Politics, Economics and International Relationship (SPEIR) and the Henley Business School (HBS), and is financed by SPEIR.
Global History and the Medieval World
Thursday 27 March 2014
10.00am - 5.00pm, Palmer Building, Room 103
This is the fourth in a series of 'Sowing the Seeds 'workshops, hosted at the University of Reading, which brings together established researchers and early career researchers in medieval economic history. The workshop is supported by the Economic History Society. Speakers include James Davis (Belfast), Ken Dark (Reading), Alex Brown (Durham), Chris Linsley (York), Bess Rhodes (St. Andrews), Erik Spindler (Humboldt, Berlin), Debs Thorpe (York), and Maria Vrij (Birmingham). Organisers: Jordan Claridge (UEA) and Catherine Casson (Birmingham). Registration is free.
To register contact Mark Casson: email@example.com
The World Cup: What economics can learn from football and vice versa
Wednesday 4 June 2014
9.30am - 5.00pm, Henley Business School (Whiteknights) Room G11
This topical workshop in the run-up to the World Cup will examine the application of economic methods to the analysis of the football industry, and consider the lessons to be learned from football that can be applied more generally in economics . Also an opportunity for participants to get some inside knowledge before they place their bets! A distinguished line up of speakers includes Ignacio Palcios-Hurta (SE), Peter Dawson (UEA), Edoardo Gallo (Cambridge), John Goddard (Bangor), Thomas Peeters (Antwerp), and Ruud Koning (Groningen).
To register contact James Reade: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be an informal dinner after each event, in the town centre near the station, to which all attendees are invited. Dinner for non-speakers is at your own expense. If you wish to attend, please register with the appropriate person, as this will assist in the catering arrangements.
Members of CIP