2021 Conference on Economic Theory

June 1-2, 2021

Location: Virtual

Organizer: Mira Frick

Note: The first session on the first day will start in Zoom. Links will be sent out to registered participants on Monday, May 31.

*Presenters

Tuesday, June 1
Session 1
11:00am to 11:45am Session Chair: Marina Halac (Yale University )

Simone Cerreia-Vioglio (Università Bocconi), David Dillenberger (University of Pennsylvania), *Pietro Ortoleva (Princeton University), “Caution and Reference Effects ”
Discussant: Ryota Iijima (Yale University)
11:45am to 12:30pm Philipp Sadowski (Duke University), *Todd Sarver (Duke University), “An Evolutionary Perspective on Updating Risk and Ambiguity Preferences”
Discussant: Andrew Ellis (London School of Economics)
12:30pm to 1:00pm

Break/Discussion

Session 2
1:00pm to 1:45pm Session Chair: Anna Sanktjohanser (Yale University )

*Benjamin Brooks (University of Chicago), Songzi Du (University of California, San Diego), “A Strong Minimax Theorem for Informationally-Robust Auction Design”
Discussant: Laura Doval (Columbia University)
1:45pm to 2:30pm *Wojciech Olszewski (Northwestern University), Mikhail Safronov (University of Cambridge), “Efficient Dynamic Allocations in Endowment Economies with Linear Utilities and Private Information”
Discussant: Erik Madsen (New York University)
2:30pm to 3:00pm

Break/Discussion

Session 3
3:00pm to 3:45pm Session Chair: Kai Hao Yang (Yale University )

Doruk Cetemen (Collegio Carlo Alberto), *Chiara Margaria (Boston University), “Exit Dilemma: The Role of Private Learning on Firm Survival”
Discussant: Miaomiao Dong (Pennsylvania State University)
3:45pm to 4:30pm Benjamin Golub (Northwestern University), *Evan Sadler (Columbia University), “Games on Endogenous Networks”
Discussant: Krishna Dasaratha (University of Pennsylvania)
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 2
Session 1
11:00am to 11:45am Session Chair: Jidong Zhou (Yale University )

*Gilat Levy (London School of Economics), Ronny Razin (London School of Economics), Alwyn Young (London School of Economics), “Misspecified Politics and the Recurrence of Populism”
Discussant: Kevin He (University of Pennsylvania)
11:45am to 12:30pm *Ignacio Esponda (University of California, Santa Barbara), Demian Pouzo (University of California, Berkeley), Yuichi Yamamoto (Hitotsubashi University), “Asymptotic Behavior of Bayesian Learners with Misspecified Models”
Discussant: Daniel Hauser (Aalto University)
12:30pm to 1:00pm

Break/Discussion

Session 2
1:00pm to 1:45pm Session Chair: Philipp Strack (Yale University )

Yu Awaya (University of Rochester), *Vijay Krishna (Pennsylvania State University), “Panics and Prices”
Discussant: Elliot Lipnowski (Columbia University)
1:45pm to 2:30pm *Inga Deimen (University of Arizona), Dezsö Szalay (Universität Bonn), “Communication in the Shadow of Catastrophe” [Abstract]
Discussant: Ian Ball (Microsoft Research)
2:30pm to 3:00pm

Break/Discussion

Session 3
3:00pm to 3:45pm Session Chair: Larry Samuelson (Yale University )

*Harry Pei (Northwestern University), “Reputation Building under Observational Learning”
Discussant: Joyee Deb (Yale University)
3:45pm to 4:30pm Xiaosheng Mu (Princeton University), Luciano Pomatto (California Institute of Technology), Philipp Strack (Yale University), *Omer Tamuz (California Institute of Technology), “Monotone Additive Statistics”
Discussant: Weijie Zhong (Stanford University)
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Happy Hour

Participants

S. Nageeb Ali
(Pennsylvania State University)
Shengwu Li
(Harvard University)
Luca Anderlini
(Georgetown University)
Xiangliang Li
(Yale University)
Charles Angelucci
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Annie Liang
(Northwestern University)
Yu Awaya
(University of Rochester)
Bart Lipman
(Boston University)
Eduardo Azevedo
(The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania)
Elliot Lipnowski
(Columbia University)
Ian Ball
(Microsoft Research)
Heng Liu
(University of Michigan - Ann Arbor)
Zack Barnett-Howell
(Yale University)
Erik Madsen
(New York University)
Dirk Bergemann
(Yale University)
George Mailath
(University of Pennsylvania)
David Bishop
(Yale University)
Chiara Margaria
(Boston University)
Aislinn Bohren
(University of Pennsylvania)
Yusuf Masatlioglu
(University of Maryland at College Park)
Alessandro Bonatti
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Steven Matthews
(University of Pennsylvania)
Davide Bordoli
(Yale University)
Teddy Mekonnen
(Brown University)
Tilman Borgers
(University of Michigan - Ann Arbor)
Weicheng Min
(Yale University)
Benjamin Brooks
(University of Chicago)
Masaki Miyashita
(Yale University)
Simone Cerreia Vioglio
(Università Bocconi)
Lasse Mononen
(University of Zürich)
Doruk Cetemen
(Collegio Carlo Alberto)
Dilip Mookherjee
(Boston University)
Evangelia Chalioti
(Yale University)
Sofia Moroni
(University of Pittsburgh)
Christopher Chambers
(Georgetown University)
Stephen Morris
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Christophe Chamley
(Boston University)
Xiaosheng Mu
(Princeton University)
Kalyan Chatterjee
(Pennsylvania State University)
Tymofiy Mylovanov
(University of Pittsburgh)
Yi Chen
(Cornell University)
Jawwad Noor
(Boston University)
Xiaohong Chen
(Yale University)
Aniko Oery
(Yale University)
Daniel Clark
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Wojciech Olszewski
(Northwestern University)
Roberto Corrao
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Juan Ortner
(Boston University)
Krishna Dasaratha
(University of Pennsylvania)
Pietro Ortoleva
(Princeton University)
Geoffroy de Clippel
(Brown University)
Bobby Pakzad-Hurson
(Brown University)
Henrique de Oliveira
(Sao Paulo School of Economics - FGV)
Harry Pei
(Northwestern University)
Joyee Deb
(Yale University)
Jacopo Perego
(Columbia University)
Joyee Deb
(Yale University)
Luciano Pomatto
(California Institute of Technology)
Inga Deimen
(University of Arizona)
Andrew Postlewaite
(University of Pennsylvania)
David Dillenberger
(University of Pennsylvania)
Indira Puri
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Miaomiao Dong
(Pennsylvania State University)
Yujie Qian
(Yale University)
Laura Doval
(Columbia University)
Ronny Razin
(London School of Economics)
Chuan Du
(Yale University)
Sarah Ridout
(Vanderbilt University)
Songzi Du
(University of California, San Diego)
Luca Rigotti
(University of Pittsburgh)
Andrew Ellis
(London School of Economics and Political Science)
Kareen Rozen
(Brown University)
Larry Epstein
(Boston University)
Evan Sadler
(Columbia University)
Ignacio Esponda
(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Philipp Sadowski
(Duke University)
Alex Frankel
(University of Chicago Booth)
Mikhail Safronov
(University of Cambridge)
Mira Frick
(Yale University)
Maher Said
(New York University Stern)
Drew Fudenberg
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Larry Samuelson
(Yale University)
Bruno Furtado
(Columbia University)
Anna Sanktjohanser
(Yale University)
Tan Gan
(Yale University)
Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Ying Gao
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Todd Sarver
(Duke University)
John Geanakoplos
(Yale University)
Jay Sethuraman
(Columbia University)
Ben Golub
(Northwestern University)
Xiangyu Shi
(Yale University)
Duarte Goncalves
(Columbia University)
Eran Shmaya
(State University of New York at Stony Brook)
Daniel Gottlieb
(London School of Economics)
Ran Shorrer
(Pennsylvania State University)
Jerry Green
(Harvard University)
Ron Siegel
(Pennsylvania State University)
Nima Haghpanah
(Pennsylvania State University)
Alex Smolin
(Toulouse School of Economics)
Marina Halac
(Yale University)
Philipp Strack
(Yale University)
Daniel N. Hauser
(Aalto University)
Takuo Sugaya
(Stanford University)
Kevin He
(University of Pennsylvania)
Dezsö Szalay
(Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn)
Marc Henry
(Pennsylvania State University)
Omer Tamuz
(California Institute of Technology)
Johannes Horner
(Yale University)
Rui Tang
(Princeton University)
Johannes Horner
(Yale University)
Juuso Toikka
(The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania)
Ryota Iijima
(Yale University)
Utku Unver
(Boston University)
Yuhta Ishii
(Pennsylvania State University)
Rakesh Vohra
(University of Pennsylvania )
Ravi Jagadeesan
(Stanford University)
Allen Vong
(Yale University)
Navin Kartik
(Columbia University)
Stephan Waizmann
(Yale University)
Shaowei Ke
(University of Michigan - Ann Arbor)
Alexander Wolitzky
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Al Klevorick
(Yale University)
Yuichi Yamamoto
(Hitotsubashi University)
Scott Kominers
(Harvard University)
Kai Hao Yang
(Yale University)
Vijay Krishna
(Pennsylvania State University)
Kohei Yata
(Yale University)
Changhyun Kwak
(Yale University)
Weijie Zhong
(Stanford Graduate School of Business)
Rohit Lamba
(Pennsylvania State University)
Jidong Zhou
(Yale University)
Giacomo Lanzani
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
John Zhu
(University of Kansas)
Gilat Levy
(London School of Economics and Political Science)

Virtual Chair Frequently Asked Questions



Once you have signed-in to Virtual Chair, use your arrow keys to navigate around the virtual conference space. The following video has more details about using Virtual Chair.

Additional information can be found on the Virtual Chair Help Guide page.


The 2021 Cowles Summer Conferences will be held virtually using the Virtual Chair online platform. A separate invitation will be sent to participants with instructions on how to access the conference session you registered for. This brief overview video explains how to navigate the Virtual Chair space.

A list of frequently asked questions for Virtual Chair guests can be found on this FAQ page. To familiarize yourself with the different features available while attending a Virtual Chair session can be found on the Glossary Page.


Each conference space within Virtual Chair has a presentation area called a Plenary Room which is found at the top of the screen.  Navigate your avatar to the plenary room door to enter the room. To join the Zoom presentation, have your avatar take a seat on a vacant stool and press “X” on your keyboard. At this point you will be presented with a Zoom link on the screen. Clicking the link will automatically launch Zoom on your computer to watch the presentation. Steps below:

  1. Enter the Plenary Room at the top of the screen through either of the doorways.
    Virtual Chair Lobby
     
  2. After entering the Plenary Room, have your avatar sit on a vacant stool.

    Virtual Chair Plenary Room
     

  3. At this point, press the “X“ key on your keyboard to join the Zoom session; click the link to launch Zoom.
    Join Zoom

    Enter Zoom link
     

  4. Once the Zoom presentation has finished, click the Leave Meeting button to bring you back to the Virtual Chair session in your browser. Exit the Zoom browser tab if necessary and on the Virtual Chair browser page, click the green Re-enter button to bring you back to the plenary room.

The following video shows what the attendee will experience joining Zoom from Virtual Chair, and re-entering the Virtual Chair venue once exiting the Zoom session..

Visit the Virtual Chair help page for additional information on how to connect to Zoom sessions.


Your affiliation will be displayed if another participant clicks on your name. Additionally, you can display your affiliation on your avatar by using the Status field found in your avatar settings (click on your name at the bottom of the screen to display the settings).  To save the status text, click anywhere outside of the settings window. Click image below to view a help video or visit this help page.


You can see all participants who have signed-in to Virtual Chair by clicking the people icon in the toolbar found on the left of the screen.


If a paper discussion is to take place, the Virtual Chair venue has provided two areas in the main lobby where participants can congregate. The rug areas will be clearly marked with signs. To join the discussion, navigate your avatar onto the  rug where you will hear and see only those other participants in the discussion.

If your avatar is unable to access the rug becuase it is being blocked by another avatar, hold down the G key to move through the other avatars.

 Virtual Chair Lobby for Cowles Conference


Before joining a Virtual Chair conference session please take note of these recommendations:

  • Use a desktop or laptop computer, not a mobile device such as a phone or tablet
  • Use either Chrome or Firefox browsers to connect to a session
  • Disconnect from VPN before joining a session
  • Download and install Zoom video conference software to view speaker sessions

Joining a Virtual Chair conference session:

  1. An email will be sent to you containing information on how to access the conference session(s) you registered for. Follow the link in the email to access the Virtual Chair session webpage. Click the Join button on the Virtual Chair session webpage. Enter the provided password when prompted.
  2. When prompted, enter the password provided in the email.
    Password prompt
     
  3. You will then be prompted to enter your name and configure your Virtual Chair avatar. It is here that you can also verify that your computer camera and microphone are working. Click the Join the Gathering button to enter the Virtual Chair venue space.
    Virtual Chair avatar settings window
     
  4. You will enter the venue where you can use your keyboard arrow keys to navigate the space to converse with your colleagues.

Additional information can be found on the Virtual Chair Help Guide page, or in this Virtual Chair PDF Help Guide.


As with in-person conferences, you can approach anyone in the Virtual Chair venue to interact with colleagues. When you approach another participant, that person’s camera will appear at the top of your screen allowing you to converse. If you would like a more private conversation, you can sit at one of the tables in the lounge area. The number of chairs dictates the number of people who can interact with each other. If there are no empty chairs, no one else can join the conversation. Thus, if you want a one-on-one conversation, sit at a table with only two chairs.

Interacting with others

Seating Options

Private Table for two
Private table for two Table with four chairs Table with eight seats


You can find a schedule of all the presentation on the left sidebar. Click the calendar icon to show upcoming events listed at the top of the sidebar.


If you need assistance navigating Virtual Chair, you can contact a support person in one of the following ways:

Help Desk

In (virtual) Person

  • Walk to a virtual Helpdesk to discuss your question directly. Helpdesks will be located in the lobby

  • Chat one-on-one with a Helpdesk staff member by scrolling through the participant list and clicking on their name, then “message”. You can also search for the Helpdesk staff member using the search bar, found above the list of participants.
     

     

Via Email

  • Email the Virtual Chair staff to alert them if you have trouble navigating the event space     on gather.town; they are available at the unique help email found on your event’s  landing page.
  • Or email help@virtualchair.net and put the name of the event you’re attending in the subject line.

In order for Virtual Chair’s Helpdesk team to best assist you, it is recommended that you confirm which browser you are using, and provide either a screenshot or a description of the specific webpage where you encountered an issue. Specific information on troubleshooting audiovisual connection issues is available by clicking here.

Via the Web