The University of Minnesota

April 17 - 19, 1998

Co-Organizers and Contact for Information:
Professors Beth Allen and Jim Jordan

Department of Economics
The University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Email: (Jim Jordan)

Subject: Decentralization Conference

Dear Colleague:

The preliminary program for the 1998 NSF/NBER Decentralization Conference is enclosed below, along with a conference registration form. The Conference will be held at the University of Minnesota, April 17-19. If you are interested in attending, please return the registration form as soon as possible. The Conference activities will include an informal reception following the talks on Friday and a dinner Saturday evening.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Metrodome in Minneapolis, located a few blocks from the Conference site, at a rate of $91.00 per night. Please make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 800-448-3663 during business hours or the general Holiday Inn number, 800-465-4329. You must call before March 26 and tell them you are with the U of M Economics Department.

We hope to see you here in April,

Beth Allen and Jim Jordan


1998 NSF/NBER Decentralization Conference

The University of Minnesota Economics Department

April 17-19, 1998


Friday, April 17

9:45 am - 10:45 am

  • "Increasing Returns and Perfect Competition: The Role of Land"
    Marcus Berliant (Washington University) and Thijs ten Raa (Tilburg University).


    11:00 am - 12:00 noon

  • "Pivotal Players and the Characterization of Influence"
    Nabil Al-Najjar and Rann Smorodinsky (Northwestern University).

    12:00 noon - 2:30 pm

  • Lunch

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

  • "Interaction Games"
    Stephen Morris (University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University).


    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

  • "Communication and Coordination in Social Networks"
    Michael Chwe (University of Chicago).


    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • "Informational Shirking and Informational Squandering"
    Eric Friedman (Duke University) and Thomas Marschak (UC-Berkeley).

    Saturday, April 18

    9:30 am - 10:30 am

  • "A Dynamic Tiebout Theory of Voluntary vs Involuntary Provision of Public Goods"
    Gerhard Glomm (Michigan State University) and Roger Lagunoff (Georgetown University).


    10:45 am - 11:45 am

  • "Clubs and the Market: Continuum Economies"
    Bryan Ellickson (UCLA), Birgit Grodal (University of Copenhagen), Suzanne Scotchmer (UC-Berkeley) and William Zame (UCLA).

    11:45 am - 2:00 pm

  • Lunch

    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • "On Representation of Sets"
    Leonid Hurwicz (University of Minnesota and UC-Santa Barbara) and Stanley Reiter (Northwestern University).


    3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

  • "Can we identify Walrasian allocations?"
    Antonio Manresa (Universitat de Barcelona).


    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • "An Impossibility Theorem for Economies with Externalities"
    Leonid Hurwicz (University of Minnesota and UC-Santa Barbara).


  • Conference Banquet

    Sunday, April 19

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • "Social Learning, Delays, and Multiple Equilibria"
    Christophe Chamley (EHESS).


    10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • "Optimality and Natural Selection in Markets"
    Larry Blume and David Easley (Cornell University).



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