About

The purpose of this blog is to provide a venue for sharing information with students and colleagues, and for sharing my perspective on different economic issues that may be of interest–to me at least. And since pretty much everything has an economic slant to it–if it involves a choice, it’s an issue of economics (see the basics)–that means I’ll probably comment on a wide range of issues.

My own economic research tends to focus on how and why people structure and govern their economic relationships the way they do, whether through simple market exchange, contractual relations, or organizations. This involves strategy and strategic thinking, both individually and organizationally. These choices are nested within informal (social, cultural) and formal (legal, regulatory) institutions, therefore understanding how these institutions evolve and influence economic behavior is part of the puzzle.

This isn’t my first blogging adventure. I’m an occasional regular contributor at Truth on the Market and plan to continue posting (or cross-posting) there as well. But TOTM has a particular focus and some of my stuff doesn’t (or may not) fit there quite as well. So a new blog it is.

Formal Biosketch:
Michael Sykuta is Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Social Sciences and Director of the Contracting and Organizations Research Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is also a member of the faculty in Crosby MBA Program of the University of Missouri’s Trulaske School of Business. He holds a PhD in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and was previously on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh‘s Katz Graduate School of Business.