Economic Theory - "Information Choice: Perception and Design"

June 6 – 7, 2016

Watson Center, 60 Sachem Street, Room A51 [Map]

Organizers: Dirk Bergemann, Stephen Morris and Alessandro Pavan

*Presenter, when more than one author listed

8:15 Breakfast
9:00 Laurent Mathevet (New York University), “Information Design: The Belief Hierarchy Approach
    Discussant: Anne-Katrin Roesler (Northwestern University)
10:00 Drew Fudenberg (Harvard University), *Philipp Strack (University of California-Berkeley), and Tomasz Strzalecki (Harvard University), “Stochastic Choice and Optimal Sequential Sampling
    Discussant: Gonzalo Cisternas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:15 Yeon-Koo Che (Columbia University) and *Konrad Mierendorff (University College London), “Optimal Sequential Decision with Limited Attention”
    Discussant: Mira Frick (Yale University)
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Antonio Rangel (California Institute of Technology), “The Role of Attention on Simple Choice”
    Discussant: Daeyeol Lee (Yale University)
2:30 Benjamin Hébert (Stanford University) and *Michael Woodford (Columbia University), “Rational Inattention with Sequential Information Sampling
    Discussant: Doron Ravid (University of Chicago)
3:30 Coffee Break
3:45 Jan Drugowitsch (Harvard University), “Ice Cream or Chocolate Cake”
    Discussant: Mark Dean (Columbia University) [slides]
6:00 Dinner, Zinc Restaurant, 964 Chapel Street [Map]
8:15 Breakfast
9:00 *Colin Stewart (University of Toronto), Jakub Steiner and Filip Matejka (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education-Economics Institute), “Rational Inattention Dynamics: Inertia and Delay in Decision-Making
    Discussant: Benjamin Hébert (Stanford University)
10:00 Tommaso Denti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Unrestricted Information Acquisition” [slides]
    Discussant: Tibor Heumann (Yale University)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:15 Stephen Morris (Princeton University) and *Ming Yang (Duke University), “Coordination and the Relative Cost of Distinguishing Nearby States
    Discussant: Muhamet Yildiz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Balazs Szentes (London School of Economics), “Buyer-optimal Demand and Monopoly Pricing” [alternate paper]
    Discussant: Mallesh Pai (University of Pennsylvania)
2:30 *Ricardo Alonso (London School of Economics and The Center for Economic and Policy Research) and Odilon Câmara (University of Southern California), “Political Disagreement and Information in Elections
    Discussant: Benjamin Golub (Harvard University)
3:30 Coffee Break

Bernard Herskovic (University of California-Los Angeles) and *João Ramos (USC Marshall), “Acquiring Information Through Peers

   Discussant: Ali Jadbabaie (University of Pennsylvania)


Sumeyra Akin (Yale University)
Ricardo Alonso (London School of Economics)
Yaniv Ben Ami (Yale University)
Charles Angelucci (Columbia University)
Eduardo Azevedo (University of Pennsylvania)
Dirk Bergemann (Yale University)
Nina Bobkova (University of Bonn/Yale)
J. Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania)
Alessandro Bonatti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Anna Bykhovskaya (Yale University)
Doruk Ceteman (University of Rochester)
Evangelia Chalioti (Yale University)
Dongkyu Chang (City University of Hong Kong)
Yeon-Koo Che (Columbia University)
Gonzalo Cisternas (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Mark Dean (Columbia University)
Geoffroy de Clippel (Brown University)
Henrique de Oliveira (Pennsylvania State University)
Tommaso Denti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Florian Ederer (Yale University)
David Dillenberger (University of Pennsylvania)
Jan Drugowitsch (Harvard Medical School)
Daniel Fershtman (Northwestern University)
Alex Frankel (University of Chicago)
Mira Frick (Yale University)
George Georgiadis (Northwestern University)
Ben Golub (Harvard University)
Daniel Gottlieb (Washington University-St. Louis)
Yingni Guo (Northwestern University)
Benjamin Hébert (Stanford University)
Tibor Heumann (Yale University)
Ryota Iijima (Harvard University)
Nicholas Inostroza (Northwestern University)
Maxim Ivanov (McMaster University)
Ali Jadbabaie (University of Pennsylvania)
Ravi Jagadeesan (Harvard University)
Daria Khromenkova (University of Mannheim)
Scott Duke Kominers (Harvard University)    
Louise Laage (Yale University)
Nicolas Lambert (Stanford University)
Daeyeol Lee (Yale University)
Jacob Leshno (Columbia University)
Annie Liang (Harvard University)
Yukun Liu (Yale University)
Niccolo Lomys (University of Mannheim)
Shih En Lu (Simon Fraser University)
George Mailath (University of Pennsylvania)
Chiara Margaria (Yale University)
Laurent Mathevet  (New York University)
Steven Matthews (University of Pennsylvania)
Konrad Mierendorff  (University College London)
Jonas Mishara-Blomberger  (Northwestern University)
Yasuyuki Miyahara (Kobe University)
Sofia Moroni  (University of Pittsburgh)
Stephen Morris  (Princeton University)
Xiaosheng Mu (Harvard University)    
Pauli Murto (Aalto University)
Tima Mylovanov (University of Pttsburgh)
Juan Ortner (Boston University)
Mallesh Pai (University of Pennsylvania)
Alessandro Pavan  (Northwestern University)
Luciano Pomatto (Yale University)
Andrew Postlewaite (University of Pennsylvania)
João Ramos  (USC Marshall)
Antonio Rangel  (California Institute of Technology)
Doron Ravid (University of Chicago)
Ludovic Renou (University of Essex)
Ana Reynoso (Yale University)
Anne-Katrin Roesler (Northwestern University)
Kareen Rozen (Brown University)
Alex Smolin (Yale University)
Colin Stewart (University of Toronto)
Philipp Strack (University of California-Berkeley)
Tomasz Strzalecki (Harvard University)    
Takuo Sugaya (Stanford University)
Bela Szabadi  (Northwestern University)
Balazs Szentes  (London School of Economics)  
Joanne Tan (Sciences-Po)
Yen Tran (Yale University)
Allen lo Kuan Vong (Yale University)
Ryan Webb  (University of Toronto)
Yujung Whang (Yale University)
Michael Woodford  (Columbia University)
Yuichi Yamamoto (University of Pennsylvania)
Ming Yang  (Duke University)
Muhamet Yildiz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Reimbursement Forms

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Yale provides visitors two Wi-Fi network options:

  • YaleGuest
  • Eduroam

YaleGuest is a public, insecure wireless network available for anyone’s use, but has limited network access. Due to security reasons, certain programs and functionality may not be accessible via the YaleGuest network, e.g., Dropbox, Skype, and Box.  

If possible, we recommended you use the Eduroam wireless network.  Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses when visiting other participating institutions.

If your institution is a partneraccess the Eduroam network by selecting Eduroam from the Wi-Fi list on your mobile device and sign-in using your home institution’s credentials*. View Eduroam’s complete listing of U.S. participating schools; International visitors can look for institutional listings on this country page.

For additional details, please contact your institution’s IT department or search your institution’s support page.

*Credential format is typically, e.g., or

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 20 minute walk from the Blake Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Blake Hotel is to go south-east on George Street and turn left on Temple St. Temaple will merge into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 15 minute walk from the Omni Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Omni Hotel is to go north on Temple St. which merges into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles GE Conference, please send the following items by Friday, July 31, 2020.

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles Summer Conferences, please send the following items by Friday, September 11, 2020.


  • Complete the appropriate online conference travel reimbursement form (These online forms allow you to upload any/all relevant forms and receipts which will be bundled together as one document):
  • Please upload any/all receipts for airfare (economy only)/rail and ground transportation. Receipts must be itemized and show proof of payment (i.e., if paid by credit card the receipt should show the last 4 digits of the credit card).

Note, vouchers for previously canceled or unrelated travel cannot be reimbursed if used to pay for any Cowles related travel.





Email or send original receipts, completed travel reimbursement form, and applicable international forms to:

Darlene Smith
Event & Visitor Assistant Administrator
Cowles Foundation at Yale University
30 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208281
New Haven, CT 06520

Email questions to Darlene Smith


The conference sessions are held on the second floor in Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management. Restrooms can be found on the perimeter of the building along the sides and back of the building.

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The Cowles Foundation is located in the heart of Yale’s campus at 30 Hillhouse Avenue.  Use the Yale online campus map to help find your way around.

If you need assistance with an Omni Hotel room reservation, please contact Alyson Perri, Convention Services Manager, Omni Hotels.

In cases of emergency, contact the appropriate department listed below:

You can also report a crime or send an anonymous text tip through our Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe) app. (To register for Bulldog Mobile please visit the Yale LiveSafe page)

For addtional emergency information, visit the Yale Emergency Management website.

Yes, a shuttle bus will be arranged to drive between the hotel and conference location. Typically, an announcement will be sent out from Darlene Smith the day before with additional information.