Victor Nee is the Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor in the Department of Sociology at Cornell and the Director of the Economic Sociology Lab.

Nee’s current research interests in economic sociology examine the role of networks and norms in the emergence of economic institutions and organizations. He is working on an ongoing study of endogenous institutional change focusing on networks and norms of entrepreneurs and firms in the Yangzi delta region of China.

Nee has also begun a new research program on the making of knowledge-based regional economies in the United States. This new study, based on research on the emergence and development in New York City of high tech startup firms, examines innovative activity and entrepreneurial action in the context of inclusive political and economic institutions of the United States.

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Yunnan Province Research

December 7 – 16,  2019

Victor Nee and his former student, David Sijin Su (Ph.d. Cornell) will be conducting exploratory field research on China’s policy towards ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province.



The Economic Sociology Lab

The Economic Sociology Lab seeks to provide training in theory construction linked to empirical research.

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The Making of New York City’s Tech Economy

An investigation of the rapid growth of tech start-ups in NYC during a period of severe economic recession.

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Articles & Chapters

Learning to Trust: From Relational Exchange to Generalized Trust in China (Victor Nee, Håkan J. Holm, Sonja Opper) Informs 2019

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Economic sociology is a science concerning itself with the interpretive understanding of social economic action and thereby with a causal explanation of its course and consequences.

—Max Weber