Media Advisory

Oliver Williamson shares 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

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12 October 2009

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A press conference at the University of California, Berkeley, with Oliver E. Williamson, co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in economic sciences.


10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12


Alumni House, UC Berkeley, near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Dana Street


  • Oliver Williamson, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of business, economics and law, and co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in economics
  • Rich Lyons, dean of the Haas School of Business
  • Gérard Roland, chair of the Department of Economics
  • Christopher Edley, dean of the School of Law


Williamson, the Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Business, Economics and Law at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and a professor of economics in the College of Letters and Science, shares the 2009 prize with Elinor Ostrom, a professor of political science and of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Williamson was honored "for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm." Ostrom, the first woman to win an economics Nobel, was cited "for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons."

The prize, officially known as The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2009, comes with 10 million Swedish kronors ($1.4 million), to be shared by this year's two recipients, as well as a gold medal and a diploma from the Swedish king. All of this year's Nobel winners will receive their awards during ceremonies on Dec. 10.

A full video of the press conference will be available later in the day at:

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