Advances in Dynamic Public Finance

June 7-8, 2010

Organizers: Larry Jones and Aleh Tsyvinski

8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Marek Kapicka (UC - Santa Barbara), “Consumption Risk Sharing under Private Information when Earnings Are Persistent”
   Discussant: Nicola Pavoni (University College London)
9:55 Maxim Troshkin (University of Minnesota), “Optimal Dynamic Taxes” (with M. Golosov and A. Tsyvinski)
   Discussant: Nancy Stokey (University of Chicago)
10:50 Break
11:05 Matthew Weinzierl (Harvard University), “Optimal Tax When Children’s Abilities Depend on Parents’ Resources” (with Alexander Gelber)
   Discussant: Robert Lucas (University of Chicago)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Dirk Krueger (University of Pennsylvania), “Public Versus Private Risk Sharing” (with F. Perri)
   Discussant: Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota)
1:55 Emmanuel Farhi (Harvard University), “Insurance and Taxation over the Life-Cycle” (with I. Werning)
   Discussant: Roc Armenter (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)
2:50 Break
3:05 Kenichi Fukushima (University of Minnesota), “Quantifying the Welfare Gains from Flexible Dynamic Income Tax Systems”
   Discussant: Mark Huggett (Georgetown University)
4:00 Florian Scheuer (MIT), “Competitive Markets without Commitment” (with N. Netzer)
   Discussant: Chris Phelan (University of Minnesota)
7:00 Dinner, Barcelona, 155 Temple Street
8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Nicola Pavoni (University College London), “Optimal Welfare Programs with Search, Work, and Training” (with G. Violante and O. Setty)
   Discussant: Pricila Maziero (University of Pennsylvania)
9:55 Laurence Ales (Carnegie Mellon University), “Non-exclusive Dynamic Contracts, Competition, and the Limits of Insurance (with P. Maziero)
   Discussant: Mark Aguiar (University of Rochester)
10:50 Break
11:05 Thomas Mertens (New York University), “Fraud Deterrence in Dynamic Mirrleesian Economies” (with R. Armenter)
   Discussant: Marco Bassetto (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Marco Battaglini (Princeton University), “Dynamic Electoral Competition and Constitutional Design”
   Discussant: Konstantin Sonin (New Economic School)
1:55 Chris Sleet (Carnegie Mellon University), “Recursive Methods for Incentive Problems” (with S. Yeltekin)
   Discussant: Yuzhe Zhang (University of Iowa)
2:50 Break
3:05 Ivan Werning (MIT), ” Nonlinear Capital Taxation
   Discussant: V. V. Chari (University of Minnesota)
4:00 Ali Shourideh (University of Minnesota), “Risk Sharing, Inequality, and Fertility” (with R. Hosseini and L. Jones)
   Discussant: Greg Kaplan (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis & University of Pennsylvania)


Mark Aguiar (University of Rochester)
Laurence Ales (Carnegie Mellon University)
Roc Armenter (Philadelphia FED)
Marco Bassetto (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
Marco Battaglini (Princeton University)
V. V. Chari (University of Minnesota)
Emmanuel Farhi (Harvard University)
Lorenzo Forni (IMP)
Kenichi Fukushima (University of Minnesota)
Fatih Guvenen (University of Minnesota)
Roozbeh Hosseini (Arizona State)
Mark Huggett (Georgetown University)
Marek Kapicka (UC-Santa Barbara)
Greg Kaplan (University of Pennsylvania)
Dirk Krueger (University of Pennsylvania)
Robert Lucas (University of Chicago)
Pricila Maziero (University of Pennsylvania)
Thomas Mertens (New York University)
Nicola Pavoni (University College London)
Christopher Phelan (University of Minnesota)
Florian Scheurer (MIT)
Ali Shourideh (University of Minnesota)
Chris Sleet (Carnegie Mellon University)
Jenny Simon (MIT)
Nancy Stokey (University of Chicago)
Maxim Troshkin (University of Minnesota)
Ivan Vidangos (FRB, Board of Governors)
Matthew Weinzierl (Harvard University)
Ivan Werning (MIT)
Pierre Yared (Columbia University)
Sevin Yeltekin (Carnegie Mellon University)
Yuzhe Zhang (University of Iowa)

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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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.