PDFs of Nee's articles, chapters, and working papers are publicly available.

2019 NY member network figure
Figure from Novel Methods article showing visualization of specialization scores in the 2019 New York members networks.

Nee’s research interests focus on middle range theories and their confirmation in economic sociology, new institutionalism, inequality and immigration. Articles and chapters are organized by their area of research.

Theory & Prediction of the Middle Range


  • Embeddedness and Beyond: Institutions, Exchange and Social Structure. (Victor Nee and Paul Ingram). 1998. Pp. 19-45 in The New Institutionalism in Sociology, edited by M. Brinton and V. Nee. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Mechanisms of Institutional Change. (Victor Nee). 2020. Studies in Critical Social Sciences 156: 166-184.
  • Market Transition and Theory of Institutional Change. (Victor Nee). 2020. Intellectuals, Inequalities and Transitions: Prospects for a Critical Sociology, edited by Tamas Demeter. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.
  • Norms and Networks in Economic and Organizational Performance. (Victor Nee). 1998. American Economic Review 87.4: 85-9.
  • Sources of the New Institutionalism. (Victor Nee). Pp. 1-16 in The New Institutionalism in Sociology, Mary Brinton and Victor Nee, Eds. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Market Transition and Societal Transformation in Reforming State Socialism. (Victor Nee and Rebecca Matthews). 1996. Annual Review of Sociology 22: 401-36.
  • Institutional Change and Economic Growth in China: The View from the Villages. (Victor Nee and Su Sijin). 1990. The Journal of Asian Studies 49: 3-25.
  • Economic Sociology and New Institutional Economics. (Victor Nee and Richard Swedberg). 2005. Pp. 789-818 in The Handbook of New Institutional Economics Claude Menard and Mary Shirley, eds. Amsterdam: Kluwer Publication.

Economic Sociology

Knowledge Economy

Market Transition and the Rise of Capitalism in China

Immigration and Assimilation

 The challenge is to specify and explicate the social mechanisms determining the relationship between the informal social organization of close-knit groups and the formal rules of institutional structures 

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