Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics

Summer 2013 Workshop

Call for Papers



Application Procedure


The Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE) is organizing an eight-session conference on economic theory and calling for applications. There is a limited budget to help with travel costs. Although some of the presentations will be by invited speakers, we also we encourage relevant submissions by anybody else with valuable contributions to the themes listed below. Junior faculty and scholars (defined as first or second year full-time faculty) as well as postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students will be given some priority, but there should be openings for more senior faculty as well.


To apply, please send an email with your paper attached as a PDF file (along with the title of the session that you want to join) to Rafal Klopotowski: rafal54


The deadline for applications:

Segment 1: March 1.

Segments 2 and 3: April 7.

Segments 4, 5 and 6: May 1.

Segments 7 and 8: June 8.



Sessions' Descriptions:


Segment 1: Governance and Development

June 20 and 21, 2013.

Organized by Frederico Finan, University of California, Berkeley; Jonathan Robinson, University of California, Santa Cruz and Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University.

This workshop will discuss a variety of issues related to governance quality in developing countries, both its determinants and its impacts. Theoretical, empirical, and experimental submissions are all welcome.


Segment 2: The Macroeconomics of Uncertainty and Volatility

June 24, 25 and 26, 2013.

Organized by Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, University of Pennsylvania and Nick Bloom, Stanford University.

We are interested in papers on the measurement, causes and effects of changes in volatility and uncertainty in the aggregate economy. Many observers have highlighted uncertainty and volatility have been major driving factors in the recent credit-crunch recession and slow recovery, so the session should hopefully combine theory and empirical papers, with a strong relevance to policy. The session will aim to include about 10 recent papers on these topics.


Segment 3: Empirical Implementation of Theoretical Models of Strategic Interaction and Dynamic Behavior

July 8, 9 and 10, 2013.

Organized by Jeremy Fox, University of Michigan and Frank Wolak, Stanford University.

The papers for this session are invited from the fields of empirical Industrial Organization (IO), Labor Economics, Public Finance, and Health Economics, Environmental and Energy Economics, and Development Economics.   The unifying feature of the papers should be that they each contain a theoretical model of an economic interaction and an empirical implementation of this theoretical model using actual data.  Popular topics for papers from previous years—the empirical implementation of models of auction market equilibrium, discrete choice models of differentiated product demand and oligopoly equilibrium, dynamic models of individual and group behavior, and analysis of experiment data of policy interventions in circumstances of non-random assignment or self-selection.  A clear link between the theoretical economic model and econometric model should be a hallmark of the papers presented.


Segment 4: Dynamic Games, Contracts, and Markets

July 29, 30 and 31, 2013.

Organized by Yuliy Sannikov, Princeton University; Simon Board, University of California, Los Angeles; Andrzej Skrzypacz, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and Alexander Wolitzky, Pablo Kurlat, Florian Scheuer, all Department of Economics, Stanford University.

This session aims to bring together microeconomic theorists working on dynamic games and contracts with more applied theorists working in macroeconomics, finance, and other fields (organizational economics, political economy, etc.).  Specific topics likely to be covered include repeated and stochastic games, dynamic optimal contracts, dynamic market pricing, search, and learning and experimentation.  We invite submissions on any of these or related topics, and aim for a mix of more theoretical and more applied papers.


Segment 5: New Models of Financial Markets

August 5, 6 and 7, 2013.

Organized by Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago; Jules van Binsbergen and Peter Koudijs, both Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; and Monika Piazzesi and Martin Schneider, both Department of Economics, Stanford University.

How do financial markets work during financial crisis such as those recently seen in the US and other countries? This segment will bring together empirical and theoretical researchers to discuss this issue. We are particularly interested in work that looks at the role of institutions (firms, intermediaries) in market activity, the effects of the regulatory framework, how market participants cope with uncertainty and lack of information, and heterogeneity of households and firms. This segment would bring together both recent empirical work based on new micro data as they become available, and theoretical work that spans asset pricing, corporate finance and macro.


Segment 6: Advances in Environmental and Energy Economics

August 12 and 13, 2013.

Organized by Arik Levinson, Georgetown University, and Larry Goulder and Matt Harding, both Stanford University.

This segment will bring together economists performing state-of-the-art research on contemporary environmental and energy issues.  We welcome policy-relevant theoretical papers, empirical assessments, and numerical modeling studies from both junior and senior faculty members.  We hope the workshop will not only provide new insights on important topics but also help reveal promising research areas for graduate students.


Segment 7: Experimental Economics

August 23, 24 and 25, 2013.

Organized by Lise Vesterlund, University of Pittsburgh and Lucas Coffman, The Ohio State University, John Beshears, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and Charles Sprenger, Alvin Roth and Muriel Niederle, all Stanford University.

This session is dedicated to advances in experimental economics combining laboratory and field-experimental methodologies with theoretical and psychological insights on decision-making, strategic interaction and policy. We invite papers in lab experiments, field experiments and their combination that test theory, demonstrate the importance of psychological phenomena, and explore social and policy issues.


Segment 8: Psychology and Economics 11.0

August 26, 27 and 28, 2013.

Organized by Vincent Crawford, University of Oxford and University of California, San Diego; David Laibson, Harvard University; Ulrike Malmendier, University of California, Berkeley; John Beshears, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and B. Douglas Bernheim, Economics Department, Stanford University.

This workshop will focus on evidence of and explanations for non-standard choice patterns, as well as the positive and normative implications of those patterns for important economic choices such as spending, saving, labor supply, and investment.  We encourage submissions that build upon insights from other disciplines, such as psychology and neuroscience.  Theoretical, empirical, and experimental submissions are all welcome.


SITE is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). SITE receives additional financial support from the Department of Economics at Stanford University, which also houses its offices.