2018 Conference on Structural Microeconomics

June 7-8, 2018

Location: Yale School of Management 
Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave., Room 2400

[Hotel Map - Building Map]

Organizers: Steven Berry, John Eric Humphries and Cormac O’Dea



Thursday, June 7
8:30am to 9:15am Registration and Breakfast
9:15am to 10:15am Andrew Shephard (University of Pennsylvania), "Marriage Market Dynamics Gender and the Age Gap"
10:15am to 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am to 11:30am *Mary Ann Bronson (Georgetown University), Maurizio Mazzocco (University of California, Los Angeles), "Taxation and Household Decisions: an Intertemporal Analysis"
11:30am to 11:45am Coffee Break
11:45am to 12:45pm Martin Gaynor (Carnegie Mellon University), *Nirav Mehta (Western University), Seth Richards-Shubik (Lehigh University), "Optimal Contracting with Altruistic Agents: A Structural Model of Medicare Reimbursements for Dialysis Drugs"
12:45pm to 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm to 3:00pm *Pietro Tebaldi (University of Chicago), Alexander Torgovitsky (University of Chicago), Hanbin Yang (University of Chicago Booth), "Nonparametric Estimates of Demand in the California Health Insurance Exchange"
3:00pm to 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm to 4:15pm *Yinghua He (Rice University), Thierry Magnac (Toulouse School of Economics), "A Pigouvian Approach to Congestion in Matching Markets"
4:15pm to 5:15pm *Nikhil Agarwal (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Itai Ashlagi (Stanford University), Daniel Rees (University of Toledo), Paulo Somaini (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), "An Empirical Framework for Sequential Assignment: The Allocation of Deceased Donor Kidneys"
6:30pm to 9:00pm Dinner - Union League Cafe[Map]
Friday, June 8
8:30am to 9:15am Breakfast
9:15am to 10:15am Benjamin Handel (Northwestern University), *Igal Hendel (Northwestern University), Michael Whinston (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), "The Welfare Impact of Long Term Health Insurance Contracts"
10:15am to 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am to 11:30am Wesley Blundell, (California State University, East Bay), Gautam Gowrisankaran (University of Arizona), *Ashley Langer (University of Arizona), "Escalation of Scrutiny: The Gains from Dynamic Enforcement of Environmental Regulations"
11:30am to 11:45am Coffee Break
11:45am to 12:45pm *Petra Todd (University of Pennsylvania), Weilong Zhang (University of Pennsylvania), "A Dynamic Model of Personality, Schooling, and Occupational Choice"
12:45pm to 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm to 3:00pm *Chao Fu (University of Wisconsin - Madison), Shoya Ishimaru (University of Wisconsin - Madison), John Kennan (University of Wisconsin - Madison), "Government Expenditure on the Public Education System"
3:00pm to 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm to 4:15pm Bart Hamilton (Washington University in St. Louis), Andrés Hincapié (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), *Robert Miller (Carnegie Mellon University), Nicholas Papageorge (Johns Hopkins University), "Innovation and Diffusion of Medical Treatment"
4:15pm to 5:15pm Sungjin Cho (Seoul National University), Gong Lee (Georgetown University), *John Rust (Georgetown University), Mengkai Yu (Georgetown University), "Optimal Dynamic Hotel Pricing"


Jason Abaluck
(Yale University)
Thierry Magnac
(Toulouse School of Economics)
Nikhil Agarwal
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Maurizio Mazzocco
Mohit Agrawal
(Yale University)
Nirav Mehta
(University of Western Ontario)
Naoki Aizawa
(University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Robert Miller
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Joseph Altonji
(Yale University)
Corina Mommaerts
(University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Noriko Amano Patino
(Yale University)
Monica Morlacco
(Yale University)
Peter Arcidiacono
(Duke University)
Julie Holland Mortimer
(Boston College)
Nate Barker
(Yale University)
Yusuke Narita
(Yale University)
Marianne Bernatzky Köhli
(Yale University)
Salvador Navarro
(University of Western Ontario)
Steve Berry
(Yale University)
Cormac O'Dea
(Yale University)
Aaron Bodoh-Creed
(University of California, Berkeley)
Yoko Okuyama
(Yale University)
Mary Ann Bronson
(Georgetown University)
Max Perez Leon Quinoso
(Yale University)
Paula Calvo
(Yale University)
Armando Perez-Gea
(Yale University)
Pedro Carneiro
(University College London)
Ana Reynoso
(Yale University)
Judy Chevalier
(Yale University)
Seth Richards-Shubik
(Lehigh University)
Taha Choukhmane
(Yale University)
Michael Rubens
(Yale University)
Chris Conlon
(New York University Stern)
John Rust
(Georgetown University)
Eleanor Dillon
(Amherst College)
Oren Sarig
(Yale University)
Michael Dinerstein
(University of Chicago)
Subrata Sen
(Yale University)
Patrick Donnelly Moran
(University of Oxford)
Andrew Shephard
Ying Fan
(University of Michigan - Ann Arbor)
Bernardo Silveira
(Washington University in St. Louis)
Bernd Fitzenberger
(Humboldt Universität Berlin)
Michael Sinkinson
(Yale University)
Chao Fu
(University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Nicholas Snashall-Woodhams
(Yale University)
Wayne Yuan Gao
(Yale University)
Oscar Soler Sanchez
(Yale University)
George-Levi Gayle
(Washington University in St. Louis)
Suk Joon Son
(Yale University)
Martin Gaynor
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Steven Stern
(Stony Brook University)
Soheil Ghili
(Yale University)
Pietro Tebaldi
(University of Chicago)
Kenneth Gillingham
(Yale University)
James Thomas
(Yale University)
Gary Gorton
(Yale University)
Jeff Thurk
(University of Notre Dame)
Phil Haile
(Yale University)
Petra Todd
(University of Pennsylvania)
Yinghua He
(Rice University)
Alexander Torgovitsky
(University of Chicago)
Igal Hendel
(Northwestern University)
Yen Tran
(Yale University)
Brent Hickman
(Queen's University)
Kosuke Uetake
(Yale University)
Andres Hincapie
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Gregory Veramendi
(Arizona State University)
Topi Hokkanen
(Aalto University)
Edward Vytlacil
(Yale University)
John Eric Humphries
(Yale University)
Vanessa Vytlacil
(Yale University)
Yiraj Jorapur
(Yale University)
Daniel Waldinger
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Karam Kang
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Yuzhou Wang
(Yale University)
Adam Kapor
(Princeton University)
Kevin Williams
(Yale University)
Jakub Kastl
(Princeton University)
Tianhao Wu
(Yale University)
Al Klevorick
(Yale University)
Xiaochuan Xing
(Yale University)
Louise Laage
(Yale University)
Kohei Yata
(Yale University)
Ashley Langer
(University of Arizona)
Ge Zhang
(Yale University)
Jim Levinsohn
(Yale University)
Ling Zhong
(Yale University)
Ming Li
(Yale University)
Jin Zhou
(University of Chicago)
Alexander MacKay
(Harvard 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.

*Credential format is typically ID@UniversityName.edu, e.g., YaleNetID@yale.edu or SUNetID@win.stanford.edu

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.