Information and Beliefs in Macroeconomics

June 24-25, 2009

Organizers: Björn Brügemann and Guillermo Ordonez

8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:30 Venky Venkateswaran (UCLA), “Setting the Right Prices for the Wrong Reasons” (with Christian Hellwig)
10:30 Break
10:45 Jennifer La’O (MIT), “Noisy Business Cycles” (with George-Marios Angeletos)
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota), “Inferring Labor Income Risk from Economic Choices: An Indirect Inference Approach” (with Tony Smith)
2:30 Break
2:45 Mirko Wiederholt (Northwestern University), “Business Cycle Dynamics under Rational Inattention” (with Bartosz Mackowiak)
3:45 Break
4:00 Jordi Mondria (University of Toronto), “Asymmetric Information, Portfolio Managers and Home Bias” (with Wioletta Dziuda)
7:00 Dinner, Ibiza, 39 High Street
8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:30 Eric Sims (University of Michigan), “Expectations Driven Business Cycles: An Empirical Evaluation” [Slides]
10:30 Break
10:45 Rudi Bachmann (University of Michigan), “Firm-Specific Productivity Risk over the Business Cycle: Facts and Aggregate Implications” (with Christian Bayer)
12:00 Lunch
1:30 Yuriy Gorodnichenko (UC Berkeley), “What Can Surveys Tell Us about Informational Rigidities” (with Oli Coibion)
2:30 Break
2:45 Eric Young (University of Virginia), “Information Heterogeneity in the Macroeconomy” (with Ponpoje Porapakkarm)
3:45 Break
4:00 Giacomo Rondina (UC San Diego), “Information Equilibria in Dynamic Economies” (with Todd Walker)


Manuel Amador (Stanford University)
Rudi Bachmann (University of Michigan)
Snehal Banerjee (Northwestern University)
Moshe Buchinsky (UCLA)
Rodolfo Campos (IESE)
Wioletta Dziuda (Northwestern University)
Yuriy Gorodnichenko (UC, Berkeley)
Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota)
Anton Korinek (University of Maryland)
Jennifer La’O (MIT)
Elmar Mertens (Federal Reserve Board)
Jordi Mondria (University of Toronto)
Ernesto Pasten (Toulouse)
Giacomo Rondina (UC, San Diego)
Eric Sims (University of Michigan)
Venky Venkateswaran (UCLA)
Todd Walker (Indiana University)
Mirko Wiederholt (Northwestern University)
Eric Young (University of Virginia)

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.

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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.