NSF/NBER Conference on Decentralization 2000
NSF/NBER Conference on Decentralization 2000


Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Economics and John M. Olin School of Business


Preliminary Program

All sessions will be held at the School of Business, Simon Hall 112.

Directions to Simon Hall

  All coffee breaks will be in Miller Lounge, Simon Hall.  The conference reception and dinner will be held in Umrath Lounge in Umrath Hall.

Friday, April 14, 2000

                    9:15 AM - 9:45 AM                  Coffee and Doughnuts

                    9:45 AM - 10:45 AM                "Pillage and Property"
                                                                       J. S. Jordan (The Pennsylvania State University)


                    11:00 AM - Noon                       "Consensus and the Accuracy of Signals: Optimal Committee Design 
                                                                       with Endogenous Information"

                                                                       Nicola Persico (University of Pennsylvania)

                    Noon - 2:30 PM                          Lunch

                    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM                    "Incompleteness as a Constraint in Contract Design"
                                                                        Stefan Krasa and Steven R. Williams (University of Illinois -


                    3:45 PM - 4:45 PM                     "Competitive Selling Mechanisms: the Delegation Principle and Farsighted Stability"
                                                                        Frank H. Page, Jr. (University of Alabama)


                     5:00 PM - 6:00 PM                     "Efficient Lending in Village Economies
                                                                        Ashok Rai (Harvard University) and
                                                                        Tomas Sjostrom (The Pennsylvania State University)


Saturday, April 15, 2000

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM                     Coffee and Doughnuts

                    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM                    "Controlling Investment Decisions: Hurdle Rates and Intertemporal Cost
                                                                         Sunil Dutta and Stephan Reichelstein (University of California - Berkeley)


                    10:45 AM - 11:45 AM                "Social Norms, Local Interaction, and Neighborhood Planning"
                                                                        Matthew Haag and Roger Lagunoff (Georgetown University)

                    11:45 AM - 2:00 PM                   Lunch

                    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM                     "Fiscal Federalism and Private School Attendance"
                                                                        Thomas J. Nechyba (Duke University)


                    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM                     "Intergenerational Spillovers and Decentralization"
                                                                        John P. Conley (University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana) and
                                                                       Antonio Rangel (Stanford University)


                    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM                    "Nash Implementation of Valuation Equilibrium"
                                                                      Dimitrios Diamantaras (Temple University) and
                                                                      Simon Wilkie (California Institute of Technology)


                    7:00 PM                                    Dinner

Sunday, April 16, 2000

                    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM                 Coffee and Doughnuts

                    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM                "Comparing Finite Mechanisms, With an Application to Exchange Economies"
                                                                      Leonid Hurwicz (University of Minnesota) and
                                                                      Thomas Marschak (University of California - Berkeley)


                    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM              "House Allocation with Transfers"
                                                                     Eiichi Miyagawa (Columbia University)