Georg Rilinger

Georg is an economic sociologist who studies how and why opportunities and incentives for socially destructive behavior emerge in markets. In his current project, he pursues these questions by analyzing the California energy crisis of 2000/01 as a case of failed market design. In the past, he has studied how criminal conspiracies manage to avoid regulatory oversight. Since October of 2020, he has been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. Prior to returning to Germany, he received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago where he was a Bradley Fellow at the Stigler Center.

The Texas Blackouts and the Problems of Electricity Market Design

Even in an ideal electricity market, reliability is an elusive and precarious byproduct of companies’ search for profits. Since market designers are...

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