Applications of Structural Microeconomics

June 24-25, 2009

Organizers: Steven Berry and Melissa Tartari

8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:30 Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University) “Estimation of Dynamic Discrete Choice Models in Continuous Time” (with Patrick Bayer, Jason R. Blevins, and Paul B. Ellickson)
10:30 Break
10:45 Chad Syverson (University of Chicago), “The Slow Growth of New Plants: Learning about Demand?” (with Lucia Foster and John Haltiwanger)
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Iourii Manovskii (UPENN), “Wages over the Business Cycle: Spot Markets?” (with Marcus Hagedorn)
2:30 Break
2:45 Jakub Kastl (Stanford University), “The 2007 Subprime Market Crisis in the EURO Area Through the Lens of ECB Repo Auctions” (with Nuno Cassola and Ali Hortaçsu) [Slides]
3:45 Break
4:00 Daniel Silverman (University of Michigan), “Consumption, Retirement and Social Security: Evaluating the Efficiency of Reform that Encourages Longer Careers” (with John Laitner)
6:30 Dinner, Union League Cafe
8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:30 Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona), “Government Policy and the Dynamics of Market Structure: Evidence from Critical Access Hospitals” (with Claudio Lucarelli, Philipp Schmidt-Dengler and Robert Town)
10:30 Break
10:45 Robert Miller (Carnegie Mellon University), “Promotion, Turnover and Compensation in the Executive Market” (with George-Levi Gayle and Limor Golan) [Slides]
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Susan Athey (Harvard University), “A Structural Model of Equilibrium and Uncertainty in Sponsored Search Advertising Auctions” (with Denis Nekipelov)
2:30 Break
2:45 Robert Sauer (University of Bristol), “A Computationally Practical Simulation Estimation Algorithm for Dynamic Panel Data Models with Unobserved Endogenous State Variables” (with Michael Keane) [Slides]
3:45 Break
4:00 Ariel Pakes (Harvard University), “Finite State Dynamic Games with Asymmetric Information: A Framework for Applied Work”


Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University)
Susan Athey (Harvard University)
Lanier Benkard (Stanford University)
Jason Blevins (Duke University)
Juan Esteban Carranza (University of Wisconsin)
Flavio Cunha (University of Chicago)
Jan De Loecker (Princeton University)
Paul Ellickson (Duke University)
Jeremy Fox (University of Chicago)
Amit Gandhi  (University of Wisconsin)
George-Levi Gayle (Carnegie Mellon University)
Limor Golan (Carnegie Mellon University)
Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona)
Katherine Ho (Columbia University)
Panle Jia (MIT)
Jakub Kastl (Stanford University)
John Kennan (University of Wisconsin)
Donghoon Lee (New York University)
Phillip Leslie (Stanford University)
James Levinsohn (University of Michigan)
Gregory Lewis (Harvard University)
Joshua Lustig (Boston University)
Maurizio Mazzocco (Duke University)
Robert Miller (Carnegie Mellon University)
Denis Nekiplov (UC Berkeley)
Ariel Pakes (Harvard University)
Amil Petrin (University of Minnesota)
John Rust (University of Maryland)
Robert Sauer (University of Bristol)
Katja Seim (University of Pennsylvania)
Dan Silverman (University of Michigan)
Alan Sorensen (Stanford University)
Chad Syverson (University of Chicago)
Christopher Taber (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Petra Todd (University of Pennsylvania)
Wilbert van der Klaauw (Federal Reserve Bank of NY)

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.