Louis Putterman Professor of Economics

Born 1952, B.A. Columbia University 1976, Ph.D. (Economics) 1980. Putterman has taught at Brown since receiving his Ph.D. He received Fulbright and other research awards to conduct research in Tanzania and in China. He has been active in Brown's Development Studies program, directing its masters program from 2000 to 2011 and its undergraduate program during 2005 to 2007. He was president of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies in 2000-2001. He has written or edited eight books and published over 100 scholarly articles in refereed journals and books.  He has served as Associate Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Chair of Brown's Department of Economics.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

"Do Non-strategic Sanctions Obey the Law of Demand? The Demand for Punishment in the Voluntary Contribution Mechanism," with Christopher M. Anderson, forthcoming, Games and Economic Behavior 54 (1): 1-24, 2006.

"Voluntary Association in Public Goods Experiments: Reciprocity, Mimicry, and Efficiency," with Talbot Page and Bulent Unel, Economic Journal 115: 1032-53, 2005.

"The Ecology of Collective Action: A Public Goods and Sanctions Experiment with Controlled Group Formation," with Umut Ones, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 115: 1032-53, 2005.

"Culture, Genes and Cooperation: Comment on Henrich," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 53: 101-4, 2004.

"Inequality, Justice and Economics," pp. 423-65 in Yang Yao, ed., Equity and Social Equality in Transitional China, China People's University Press, Beijing, 2004 (in Chinese).

"Reciprocity in a Two Part Dictator Game," with Avner Ben-Ner, Dan Magan and Fanmin Kong, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.53: 333-52, 2004.

"Share and Share Alike? Intelligence, Socialization, Personality, and Gender-Pairing as Determinants of Giving," with Avner Ben-Ner and Fanmin Kong; Journal of Economic Psychology 25: 581-9, 2004.

"The Quest for Development: What Role Does History Play?" World Economics vol. 5, number 2, April-June 2004, pp. 1-31, with Areendam Chanda.

"Trust in the New Economy," with Avner Ben-Ner, pp. 1067-1095 in Derek C. Jones, ed., Handbook of Economics in the Electronic Age. Academic Press, 2003.

"Soft Budget Constraints, Social Burdens, and Labor Redundancy in China's State Industry," with Xiao-Yuan Dong, Journal of Comparative Economics 31 (1):110-33, 2003.

"Cooperation Under the Threat of Expulsion in a Public Goods Experiment," April 2003, with Matthias Cinyabuguma and Talbot Page, forthcoming, Journal of Public Economics. 89: 1421-35, 2005.

Labor Market Reform in China, by Xin Meng, Journal of Economic Literature 41 March 2003, pp. 255-6.

"China's State-Owned Enterprises in the First Reform Decade: An Analysis of a Declining Monopsony," with Xiao-yuan Dong, Economics of Planning 35(2): 109-140, 2002.

"Investigating the Rise of Labor Redundancy in China's State Industry," with Xiao-Yuan Dong, China Economic Quarterly, 1 (2): 397-418, January 2002 (in Chinese).

"States and Markets: The Advantage of an Early Start," with Valerie Bockstette and Areendam Chanda, Journal of Economic Growth 7: 347-69, 2002.

"Trusting and Trustworthiness," with Avner Ben-Ner, Boston University Law Review 81 (3): 523-551, 2001.

Dollars and Change: Economics in Context. Yale University Press, 2001.

"Values Matter," World Economics, vol. 1 number 1, January 2000, pp. 39-60, with Avner Ben-Ner.

Preface to the Chinese language edition of The Economic Nature of the Firm: A Reader. To be published in Chinese in Foreign Economy and Management, 2000.

"Can an Evolutionary Approach to Development Predict Post-War Economic Growth?" Journal of Development Studies 36(3): 1-30, 2000.

"Pre-Reform Industry and State Monopsony in China," with Xiao-yuan Dong, Journal of Comparative Economics 28: 32-60, 2000.

"On Some Implications of Evolutionary Psychology for the Study of Preferences and Institutions," with Avner Ben-Ner, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 43: 91-99, 2000.

"China's SOE's: Their Role, Job Creation, and Efficiency in Long-Term Perspective," with Xiao-yuan Dong, Modern China 26: 403-47, 2000.

"Why Capital Suppliers (Usually) Hire Workers: What we Know, and What we Need to Know," with Gregory Dow, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 43: 319-336, 2000.

"Employee Participation in Ownership: An Empirical Exploration," with Avner Ben-Ner, W. Allen Burns and Greg Dow, pp. 194-233 in Margaret Blair and Thomas Kochan, eds., The New Relationship: Human Capital in the American Corporation. Washington: The Brookings Institution, 2000.

"Redistribution, Risk-Aversion, and Culture," The Good Society, 9 (3) 16-21, 2000.

"Why Capital (Usually) Hires Labor: An Assessment of Proposed Explanations," with Gregory Dow, pp. 17-57 in Margaret Blair and Mark Roe, eds., Employees and Corporate Governance. Washington: The Brookings Institution, 1999.

15(2): 207-228, 1999.

"Pre-Industrial and Post-War Economic Development: Is There a Link?" with John P. Burkett and Catherine Humblet, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 47 (3): 471-95, 1999.

"Employment and Wages in Township, Village, and other Rural Enterprises," with Mark M. Pitt, pp. 197-215 in Gary Jefferson and Inderjit Singh, eds., Enterprise Reform in China: Ownership, Transition, and Performance. New York: Published for the World Bank by Oxford University Press, 1999.

"Some Responses to the Questions of the Kibbutz Colloquium," in Position Papers (Second Collection), Institute for Research and Study of the Kibbutz and the Cooperative Idea, University of Haifa, July 1999.

"Values and Institutions in Economic Analysis," with Avner Ben-Ner, pp. 3-69 in Economics, Values and Organization (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

"Does egalitarianism have a future?" with John E. Roemer and Joaquim Silvestre, Journal of Economic Literature 36: 861-902, 1998.

Economics, Values and Organization, edited and with a preface and introductory chapter by Avner Ben-Ner and Louis Putterman, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

"Comment on T. Eggertsson, 'Limits to Institutional Reforms," with Avner Ben-Ner, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 100: 359-63, 1998. Also excerpted as "Values, Institutions, and Economics," The Good Society, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 14-16, 1998.

"The Market and Values," Il Mondo, July 24, 1998, with Avner Ben-Ner.

"On Economics and Values," Brown Economic Review, Spring 1997, v. 5, pp. 6-10.

"Why Have the Rabble not Redistributed the Wealth? On the Stability of Democracy and Unequal Wealth," pp. 359-89 in J. E. Roemer, ed., Property Relations, Incentives and Welfare . London: McMillan, 1997.

"China's Collectivization Puzzle: An Alternative Hypothesis," with James K. S. Kung. Journal of Development Studies 33: 741-63, 1997..

"Productivity and Organization in China's Rural Industries: An Efficiency Frontier Analysis," Journal of Comparative Economics 24: 181-201, 1997, with Xiao-yuan Dong.

"On the Past and Future of China's Township and Village Owned Enterprises," World Development 25: 1639-55, 1997. (Chinese version, pp. 220-253 in Wen Hai, editor, Chinese Township Village Enterprises: Nature, Experience and Reforms. Beijing: China Industry and Commerce Association Press, 1997.)

"China's Rural Industry and Monopsony: An Exploration," Pacific Economic Review 1: 59-78, 1996, with Xiao-yuan Dong.

The Economic Nature of the Firm: A Reader (Second Edition). Edited and with an introductory essay by Louis Putterman and Randall S. Kroszner. Cambridge University Press, 1996. The Economic Nature of the Firm: A Reader (original edition) was edited with the assistance of Randy Kroszner with introductory essay by Louis Putterman, Cambridge University Press, 1986 (Spanish language edition published by Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1994. Chinese language edition translated by Sun Jingwei published by Publishing House of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, 2000)

"The Economic Nature of the Firm: A New Introduction," with Randall S. Kroszner, pp. 1-31 in Putterman and Kroszner, eds., The Economic Nature of the Firm: A Reader (2nd Edition, 1996).

"Property Rights In China: Shifting and Unbundling Ownership," Economic Reform Today No. 1, 1996, pp. 14-15.

Whither Socialism? by Joseph Stiglitz, Journal of Comparative Economics 22: 329-32, 1996.

Consultant for "China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response," a booklet in the Choices for the 21st Century Education Project, Watson Institute for International Studies, March 1995.

"Economic Reform and Smallholder Agriculture in Tanzania: A Discussion of Recent Market Liberalization, Road Rehabilitation, and Technology Dissemination Efforts," World Development 23: 311-26, 1995.

"Social Capital and Development Capacity: The Example of Rural Tanzania," Development Policy Review 13: 5-22, 1995.

"The Role of Property Rights and Ownership in China's Transition," China Quarterly No. 144: 1047-64, 1995; reprinted in Andrew Walder, ed., China's Transitional Economy, Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 85-102.

"Markets, Hierarchies, and Information: On a Paradox in the Economics of Organization," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 26: 373-90, 1995.

"Tanzanian Markets 'as Unpredictable as the Rains'," in African Farmer (quarterly publication of The Hunger Project), April, 1994, pp. 30-32.

"Firm Theory," The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Economics, 2nd Edition, 1994, pp. 420-422.

"Comments on 'A Future for Socialism'," Politics and Society 22: 489-505, 1994, reprinted as "Coupons, Agency and Social Betterment," pp. 139-58 (Ch. 8) in E. O. Wright, ed., Equal Shares: Making Market Socialism Work (London: Verso, 1996).

"Elasticities and Factor Weights for Agricultural Growth Accounting: A Look at the Data for China," China Economic Review 5: 191-204, 1994, with Ana F. Chiacu.

"China's 'Transition under Communism'," in Brown Journal of World Affairs, vol. 2, issue 1, Winter, 1994, pp. 103-112.

"After the Employment Relation: Problems on the Road to Enterprise Democracy," pp. 129-47 in S. Bowles, H. Gintis, & B. Gustafsson, eds., The Microfoundations of Political Economy: Problems of Participation, Democracy, and Efficiency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

"Theoretical and Empirical Research on Producers' Cooperatives: Will Ever the Twain Meet?" Journal of Economic Literature 31: 1290-1320, 1993, with John P. Bonin and Derek C. Jones.

"Incentives and Monitoring in Cooperatives with Labor- Proportionate Sharing Schemes," Journal of Comparative Economics 17: 663-686, 1993, with John P. Bonin. (To be reprinted in D. Prychitko and J. Vanek, eds., Producer Cooperatives and Labor-Managed Systems. London: Edward Elgar.)

"Productivity Consequences of Alternative Land Division Methods in China's Decollectivization: An Econometric Analysis," Journal of Development Economics 42: 357-86, 1993, with Martin Gaynor.

"Exit, Voice, and Portfolio Choice: Agency and Public Ownership," Economics and Politics 5: 205-18, 1993.

Continuity and Change in China's Rural Development: Collective and Reform Eras in Perspective. Oxford University Press, July, 1993.

"The Supply of Labour by Individuals to a Chinese Collective Farm: The Case of Dahe Commune," Economica 60: 381-96, 1993, with John P. Burkett.

"Ownership and the Nature of the Firm," Journal of Comparative Economics 17: 243-63, 1993.

"Incentive Problems Favoring Noncentralized Investment Fund Ownership," pp. 156-68 in P. Bardhan and J.E. Roemer, eds., Market Socialism: The Current Debate. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

"Collectivization and China's Agricultural Crisis," Journal of Comparative Economics 17: 530-39, 1993, with Gilbert L. Skillman.

"Collectivization," in J. Krieger, ed., The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, New York, Oxford University Press, 1993. Revised version, pp. 150-1 in 2nd edition, 2001.

Comments on Nicholas Lardy, "Recasting the Economic System: Structural Reform of Agriculture and Industry," pp. 120-123, and on Robert Dernberger, "The Drive for Economic Modernization and Growth: Performance and Trends" pp. 218-223 in M. Y.-M. Kau and S. H. Marsh, eds., China in the Era of Deng Xiaoping: A Decade of Reform. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1993.

The Red and the Green: The Rise and Fall of Collectivized Agriculture in Marxist Regimes by Frederic L. Pryor, Journal of Economic Literature 31: 1486-8, 1993.

"Industrial and Agricultural Investment Coordination Under 'Plan' and 'Market' in China," pp. 121-43 in Susan Barr and James Roumasset, eds., The Economics of Cooperation: East Asian Development and the Case for Pro-Market Intervention. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1992.

"Factors Behind the Supply and Demand for Less Alienating Work," with Menachem Rosner, reprinted on pp. 125-52 in Felix Geyer and Walter Heinz, ed., Alienation, Society and the Individual--Continuity and Change in Theory and Research. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1992.

"Dualism and Reform in China," Economic Development and Cultural Change 40: 467-93, 1992. (Chinese language version published in 1992 in Beijing.)

"The Role of Exit Costs in the Theory of Cooperative Teams," Journal of Comparative Economics 16: 596-618, 1992, with Gilbert L. Skillman.

State and Market in Development: Synergy or Rivalry?, edited and with introductory and concluding chapters by Louis Putterman and Dietrich Rueschemeyer. Boulder, Colorado, Lynne Rienner Publishers, September, 1992.

"The State and the Market in Development," pp. 1-6, and "Synergy or Rivalry?," pp. 243-62, both with Dietrich Rueschemeyer; in Putterman and Rueschemeyer, eds., 1992.

"Institutional Boundaries, Structural Change, and Economic Reform in China: An Introduction," Modern China, 18 (1): 3-13, 1992.

"Amartya Sen," pp. 498-505 in P. Arestis and M. Sawyer, eds., Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists, Edward Elgar Publishing, 1992.

The Political Economy of Collective Farms: An Analysis of China's Post-Mao Rural Reforms by Peter Nolan, Journal of Comparative Economics 15: 176-8, 1991.

"Does Poor Supervisability Undermine Teamwork? Evidence from an Unexpected Source," American Economic Review 81 (4): 996-1001, 1991.

"Tanzanian Rural Socialism and Statism Revisited: What Light from the Chinese Experience?" pp. 230-239 in Jeannette Hartmann, ed., Re-Thinking the Arusha Declaration. Copenhagen: Centre for Development Research, 1991.

"Factors Behind the Supply and Demand for Less Alienating Work, and Some International Illustrations," Journal of Economic Studies 18 (1): 18-41, 1991, with Menachem Rosner. (Reprinted in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 11: 125-52, 1991, and in Geyer and Heinz, ed., Alienation, Society and the Individual [listed below].)

"Soviet Communism and the Kibbutz--An Economic Perspective," transcription of a talk given at Harvard University Kibbutz Studies Project Conference, November, 1991, pp. 16-17 in Israel Horizons vol. 40, no. 1 (Winter 1992).

The Firm as a Nexus of Treaties. Masahiko Aoki, Bo Gustafsson, and Oliver Williamson, eds. Journal of Economic Literature 24: 1202-4, 1991.

"Village Communities, Cooperation, and Inequality in Tanzania: Comments on Collier et al.," World Development 18: 147-153, 1990.

Division of Labor and Welfare: An Introduction to Economic Systems. Oxford University Press, August, 1990.

Peasant Economics: Farm Households and Agrarian Development, by Frank Ellis. Journal of Comparative Economics 14: 140-141, 1990.

The New China: Comparative Economic Development in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong by Alvin Rabushka, Journal of Development Economics 32: 230-231, 1990.

Free to Lose: An Introduction to Marxist Economic Philosophy by John E. Roemer. Journal of Economic Literature 27: 91-92, 1989.

"Commodification of Labor Follows Commodification of the Firm: On a Theorem of the New Institutional Economics," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 60: 161-179, 1989.

"Pre- and Post-Reform Income Distribution in a Chinese Commune: The Case of Dahe Commune in Hebei Province," Journal of Comparative Economics 13: 406-445, 1989, with Bingyuang Hsiung.

"Entering the Post-Collective Era in North China: Dahe Township," Modern China 15: 275-320, 1989.

"Agricultural Producers' Cooperatives," pp. 319-339 in Pranab Bardhan, ed., The Economic Theory of Agrarian Institutions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, 1991.

Hebei Province, Dahe Commune/Township: Data Sets and Codebook, edited by Louis Putterman, based on data collected by Steven Butler and Louis Putterman. March, 1989, Center for Chinese Studies Publications, The University of Michigan.

"Marx and Disequilibrium: Comment," Economics and Philosophy 4: 333-336, 1988.

"The Firm as Association versus the Firm as Commodity: Efficiency, Rights, and Ownership," Economics and Philosophy 4: 243-266, 1988.

"Group Farming and Work Incentives in Collective-Era China," Modern China 14: 419-450, 1988.

"People's Republic of China: Systemic and Structural Change in a North China Township," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 70: 423-430, 1988.

"The Incentive Effects of Monitoring Under Alternative Compensation Schemes," International Journal of Industrial Organization 6: 109-119, 1988. With Gil Skillman, Jr.

"Ration Subsidies and Incentives in the Pre-Reform Chinese Commune," Economica 55: 235-247, 1988.

"Asset Specificity, Governance, and the Employment Relation," pp. 45-62 in G. Dlugos, W. Dorow and K. Weiermair, eds., Management Under Differing Labour Market and Employment Systems. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter Co., 1988.

"Regulation by Consensus: The Practice of International Investment Agreements; Comment," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 144: 172-175, 1988.

The Economic Institutions of Capitalism: Firms, Markets, Relational Contracting by Oliver Williamson, Journal of Comparative Economics 11: 282-285, 1987.

China: Long-Term Development Issues and Options. The report of a mission sent to China by the World Bank, in Journal of Development Studies 23: 424-426, 1987.

"Corporate Governance, Risk-Bearing and Economic Power: A Comment on Recent Work by Oliver Williamson," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (Zeitschrift fur die gesamte Staatswissenschaft) 143: 422-434, 1987.

Economics of Cooperation and the Labor-Managed Economy. Fundamentals of Pure and Applied Economics, Volume 14. London, Harwood Academic Publishers, March, 1987. With John P. Bonin.

"The Incentive Problem and the Demise of Team Farming in China," Journal of Development Economics 26: 103-127, 1987.

Organizations and Growth in Rural China by Marsh Marshall, Journal of Development Studies 23: 426-427, 1987.

"The Economic Nature of the Firm: Overview," pp. 1-29 in Putterman, ed., The Economic Nature of the Firm: A Reader. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986. Chinese translation published in China: Development and Reform (Zhongguo: Fazhan yu Gaige) 6, 1988.

Peasants, Collectives, and Choice: Economic Theory and Tanzania's Villages. June, 1986, JAI Press.

The Co-operative Game Theory of the Firm by Masahiko Aoki, in Journal of Comparative Economics, 10: 183-184, 1986.

Rural Economic Reform in China, Keith Griffin, editor, Journal of Development Studies 22: 630-631, 1986.

by Saul Estrin, in Journal of Comparative Economics, 9: 102-106, 1985.

Internal Labor Markets, Paul Osterman, editor, in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 6: 212-16, 1985.

"On the Interdependence of Labor Supplies in Producers' Cooperatives of Given Membership," pp. 87-105 in Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms Vol. I, 1985, Jai Press.

"Choice and Efficiency in a Model of Democratic Semi-Collective Agriculture," Oxford Economic Papers. 37: 1-22, 1985. With Marie DiGiorgio.

"Extrinsic versus Intrinsic Problems of Agricultural Cooperation: Anti-Incentivism in Tanzania and China," Journal of Development Studies 21: 175-204, 1985.

"The Restoration of the Peasant Household as Farm Production Unit in China: Some Incentive Theoretic Analysis," pp. 63-82 in Elizabeth Perry and Christine Wong, eds., The Political Economy of Reform in Post-Mao China. Harvard University Press, 1985.

"Tanzanian and African Socialism: Comment on Weaver and Kronemer," World Development 12: 461-464, 1984.

"The Planned Cooperative Community in a Developing Country: The Case of Tanzania," Journal of Rural Cooperation XII (no.1/2): 53-64, 1984.

"On Some Recent Explanations of Why Capital Hires Labor," Economic Inquiry 22: 171-187, 1984. Reprinted with abridgements, pp. 312-328 in Putterman, ed., The Economic Nature of the Firm: A Reader. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986; and to be reprinted in D. Prychitko and J. Vanek, eds., Producer Cooperatives and Labor-Managed Systems. London: Edward Elgar.)

"Agricultural Cooperation and Village Democracy in Tanzania," pp. 473-493 in B. Wilpert and A. Sorge, eds., International Yearbook of Organizational Democracy, Volume II. 1984, John Wiley & Sons.

"A Note on the Relationship of Interdependent Action to the Optimality of Certain Voting Decisions," Theory and Decision 17: 257-265, 1984.

Workers and Incentives by Murat R. Sertel et al., in Journal of Comparative Economics, 8: 228-231, 1984.

Ideology and Development in Africa by Crawford Young, in The Review of Politics, 46: 598-600, 1984.

"Incentives and the Kibbutz: Toward an Economics of Communal Work Motivation," Zeitschrift fur Nationalokonomie, 43: 157-188, 1983.

"A Modified Collective Agriculture in Rural Growth-with-Equity: Reconsidering the Private, Unimodal Solution," World Development, 11: 77-100, 1983.

Wealth and Poverty by George Gilder, in Journal of Comparative Economics, 6: 213-216, 1982.

"Some Behavioral Perspectives on the Dominance of Hierarchical over Democratic Forms of Enterprise," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 3: 139-160, 1982.

"Economic Motivation and the Transition to Collective Socialism: It's Application to Tanzania," Journal of Modern African Studies, 20: 263-285, 1982 (earlier version in Taamuli, publication of Dept. of Political Science, University of Dar es Salaam, vol. 9, Dec. 1979).

"On Optimality in Collective Institutional Choice," Journal of Comparative Economics, 5: 392-402, 1981.

"Is a Democratic Collective Agriculture Possible? Theoretical Considerations and Evidence from Tanzania," Journal of Development Economics, 9: 375-403, 1981.

"The Organization of Work: Comment," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2: 273-279, 1981.

"Population and Food Dynamics: A Caloric Measurement in Egypt," International Journal of Middle East Studies, 12: 81-100, 1980, with Manoucher Parvin.

Findings from a 1980-1994 Data Panel," with Xiao-yuan Dong Comparative Economic Studies 43(2): 111-28, 2001.

"Voluntary Collectivization: A Model of Producers' Institutional Choice," Journal of Comparative Economics, 4: 125-157, 1980.

Economic Reform and State-Owned Enterprises in China, 1979-1987 by Donald Hay, Derek Morris, Guy Liu, and Shujie Yao, China Quarterly, no. 146: 634-6, 1996.

"Effort, Productivity, and Incentives in a 1970's Chinese People's Commune," Journal of Comparative Economics 14: 88-104, 1990.

An Analytical and Empirical Investigation of Agriculture in China, 1952-1980 by Anthony Tang, Journal of Development Economics 26: 423-425, 1987.

China's Political Economy: The Quest for Development Since 1949 by Carl Riskin, Journal of Development Economics 28: 202-205, 1989.

Food Insecurity and the Social Division of Labor in Tanzania, 1919-1985, by Deborah Fahy Bryceson, Journal of Development Economics 38 (2): 431-3, 1992.


Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions, and Evolution, by Samuel Bowles, Journal of Economic Literature 43: 135-6.

forthcoming in a collection of papers to be published by the Economic Development Institute of The World Bank.

Miscellaneous Publications:

Nonacademic or Semi-academic Publications, Interviews, Etc.

Shorter Papers and Comments:

"State Effectiveness, Economic Growth, and the Age of States," w/ Areendam Chanda, in Matthew Lange and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, eds., States and Development: Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance Basingstoke, England (forthcoming).

"China's Encounter with Market Socialism: Approaching Managed Capitalism by Indirect Means," in Yingyi Qian, ed., Market and Socialism Reconsidered (with Particular reference to China and Vietnam). A volume of the International Economic Association.

Papers in Books:

"Income Distribution, Government Transfers, ad the Problem of Unequal Influence" with William Bassett and John P. Burkett, European Journal of Political Economy,

"On the Emergence of Labour Redundancy in China's State Industry:

Papers in Journals:

(See the CV for the same list.)

"Communication and Punishment in Voluntary Contribution Experiments," with Olivier Bochet and Talbot Page, forthcoming, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

"The Role of the State and Markets in Development," forthcoming in Amitava Dutt and Jaime Ros, eds,.International Handbook of Development Economics, Volume 2.

"Economics and Interpersonal Relations: Ruling the Social Back In," in Benedetto Gui and Robert Sugden, eds., Economics and Social Interaction: Accounting for Interpersonal Relations (forthcoming).

"Reciprocity, and Altruism, and Cooperative Production," chapter prepared for the Handbook on the Economics of Giving, Reciprocity and Altruism, L.-A. Gerard-Varet, S-C. Kolm and J. Mercier Ythier, eds., Elsevier North-Holland, forthcoming.

"Prices," forthcoming in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition, William A. Darity, Editor-in-Chief. Macmillan Reference.

"Cooperatives and Nonprofits in Africa: Some Incentive and Agency Issues,"

Book Reviews:

Self-Management: Economic Theory and Yugoslav Practice,

research overview

Louis Putterman conducts research on economic behavior, economic development, organizations, incentives, and economic systems. His recent research topics include: the role of social preferences, norms, communication and punishment in social dilemmas; effects of early history on recent levels of development and rates of growth; income distribution; and emergence, roles and accountability of states.

research statement

Economic experiments on cooperation, trust, inequality, and other topics, with Jean-Robert Tyran, Kenju Kamei, Thomas Markussen, Avner Ben-Ner, Talbot Page, and other collaborators; economic growth, income distribution, and pre-industrial development, with comparative reference to Africa, Asia and Latin America, including work with Areendam Chanda, David Weil, and others.

funded research

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1983-85, to study economics and organization

Mellon Fellowship for Chinese Studies, 1983-84, to study economics of agriculture in China

National Science Foundation grant SES8721382, 1988-90, for study of agricultural economy of China

MacArthur Foundation Network on Norms and Preferences, 1999-2001, for economics experiment research on cooperation in teams and public good provision

National Science Foundation grant SES-0001769, 2000-02, for related experimental economics research

Russell Sage Foundation research grant for study of the economics of trust, 2004-06

Alex C. Walker Foundation grant to study preferences regarding the distribution of income, 2004-06