Shirley, Mary

Mary Shirley is the President of the Ronald Coase Institute, a non-profit organization working to improve knowledge of institutions and to build the capacity of young scholars to analyze and overcome institutional problems in their own countries. The Coase Institute organizes workshops and research conferences on institutional analysis, manages a worldwide network of institutional scholars, and promotes and collaborates in institutional research.  Mary Shirley has a PhD in economics and has worked for over 30 years in development, including over 20 years as a research manager in the World Bank.  She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books on institutional issues in economic development, including a new book, Institutions and Development (Edward Elgar, UK, 2008) and is co-editor of the Handbook for New Institutional Economics, recently republished in paperback (Springer, 2008).  She has also written on reform of water systems (Thirsting for Efficiency, 2002) and state owned enterprises (Bureaucrats in Business, 1995). She is a co-founder and past President of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE) and co-editor of New Institutional Economics Abstracts on the SSRN.  For more information see:

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