Methods and Policy Applications in Structural Microeconomics

June 12-13, 2008

Organizers: Philip Haile & Steve Berry

8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Moshe Buchinsky (UCLA), “Residential Location, Work Location, and Labor Market Outcomes of Immigrants In Israel” (with Chemi Gotlibovski)
11:00 Break
11:30 John Rust (University of Maryland), “The Home Selling Problem: Theory and Evidence” (with Antonio Merlo and Françcois Ortalo-Magné)
12:30 Lunch
1:45 Elena Krasnokutskaya (University of Pennsylvania), “Choice of Product under Government Regulation: The Case of Chile Pension System” (with Petra Todd and Ludwig Ressner)
2:45 Break
3:15 Jaap Abbring (VU University Amsterdam), “Better Safe Than Sorry? Ex Ante and Ex Post Moral Hazard in Dynamic Insurance Data” (with Pierre-André Chiappori and Tibor Zavadil)
6:00 Dinner, Union League Cafe, 1032 Chapel Street
8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Isabelle Perrigne (Penn State University), “Nonlinear Pricing in Yellow Pages” (with Yao Huang and Quang Vuong)
10:00 Kate Ho (Columbia University), “The Effects of Full-Line Forcing Contracts” (with Justin Ho and Julie Holland Mortimer)
11:00 Break
11:30 Bernard Salanié (Columbia University), “You Are What You Bet: Eliciting Risk Attitudes from Horse Racing” (with Pierre-André Chiappori, Amit Gandhi, and Francois Salanié)
12:30 Lunch
1:45 James Heckman (University of Chicago), “Estimating the Option Value of Schooling: A Discrete Dynamic Programming Approach” (with Sergio Urzua)
2:45 Break
3:15 Amil Petrin (University of Minnesota), “Measuring Aggregate Productivity Growth Using Plant-Level Date” (with James Levinsohn)
6:00 Dinner, Ibiza, 39 High Street, New Haven


Jaap Abring (University of Amsterdam)
Daniel Ackerberg (University of CA-Los Angeles)
John Asker (Stern school of Business, NYU)
Patrick Bayer (Duke University)
Lanier Benkard (Stanford University)
Moshe Bushinsky CREST)
Andrew Chesher (University College London)
Jan De Loecker (New York University)
Aureo de Paula (University of Pennsylvania)
Philippe Fevrier (CREST)
Jeremy Fox (University of Chicago)
Amit Gandhi (University of WI-Madison)
Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona)
Hidehiko Ichimura (Institute of Fiscal Studies)
Kate Ho (Columbia University)
Julie Holland Mortimer (Harvard University)
Panle Jia (MIT)
Jakub Kastl (Stanford University)
Michael Keane (New York University)
John Kennan (University of Wisconsin)
Elena Krasnokutskaya (University of Pennsylvania)
Jonathan Levin (Stanford University)
Jeremy Lise (University College London)
Rosa Matzkin (Northwestern University)
Costas Meghir (University College London)
Antonio Merlo (University of Pennsylvania)
Julie Mortimer (Harvard University)
Ariel Pakes (Harvard University)
Isabelle Perringe (Penn State)
Amil Petrin (University of Minnesota)
Peter Reiss (Stanford University)
Jean Marc Robin (Universite de Paris 1)
John Rust (University of Maryland)
Stephen Ryan (MIT)
Bernard Salanie (Columbia University)
Katja Seim (Wharton University of Pennsylvania)
Azeem Shaikh (University of Chicago)
Matthew Shum (Johns Hopkins University)
Sergio Urzua (Northwestern University)

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.

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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.