Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics

Summer 2014 Workshop

Call for Papers


The Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE) is organizing a nine-session conference on economic theory. We invite those with contributions to the topics below to submit their papers. We will pay particular attention to attracting participants from a variety of institutions and to young researchers in the beginning of their careers. There is a limited budget to help with travel costs.

The SITE Summer Workshop is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).


Paper Submission Procedure

To submit a paper, 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 Maureen Sullivan at:



Session 1: Development Economics

June 19 and 20, 2014

Organized by:

  • Gharad Bryan, London School of Economics
  • Arun Chandrasekhar, Economics, Stanford University
  • Pascaline Dupas, Economics Stanford University
  • Frederico Finan, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Melanie Morten, Economics, Stanford University

This workshop will bring together researchers working on economic development. This year we will focus on misallocation. There has been a renewed interest in the idea that, on top of being scarce, resources in developing countries are misused. Misallocation is ubiquitous: we see misallocation of capital, land, labor, talent, and even public benefits. Possible explanations are numerous, ranging from incentive problems to informational problems. Thus, both the measurement of misallocation, and analysis of its consequences and causes are important. The workshop will further this dialog by bring together researchers working on theoretical and empirical analyses of misallocation.

Deadline for applications: March 15


Session 2: Empirical Implementation of Theoretical Models of Strategic Interaction and Dynamic Behavior

July 9, 10, and 11, 2014

Organized by:

  • Frank Wolak, Economics, Stanford University
  • Christopher Timmins, Duke University

The papers in this session will be from the fields of empirical Industrial Organization, Labor Economics, Public Finance, and Health Economics. The unifying feature of the papers presented is that they each contain a theoretical model of an economics 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, and dynamic models of individual and group behavior.

Deadline for applications: April 1


Session 3: Dynamic Games, Contracts, and Markets

July 21, 22, and 23, 2014

Organized by:

  • Simon Board, University of California Los Angeles
  • Yuily Sannikov, Princeton University
  • Andrzej Skrzypacz, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Tukuo Sugaya, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Alexander Wolitzky, 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, organization economics, and other fields. First this is a venue to discuss the latest questions and techniques facing researchers working in dynamic games and contracts. Second we wish to foster interdisciplinary discussion between scholars working on parallel topics in different disciplines, in particular, helping raise awareness among theorists of the open questions in other fields.

Deadline for applications: April 15


Session 4: Modern Numerical Methods Applied to Economic Problems

July 28, 29, and 30, 2014

Organized by:

  • Rick Evans, Brigham Young University
  • Kenneth Judd, Stanford University
  • Karl Schmedders, University of Zurich
  • Sevin Yeltekin, Carnegie-Mellon University

This workshop will bring together economists and applied mathematicians who are using modern methods from numerical analysis and computational science to solve problems in economics. Popular topics in the past have included applications in public finance, macroeconomics, game theoretic models, and empirical estimation of such models, but any economics application is welcome. The key requirement is the application of modern computational tools to important economic problems. The aim of this session is to provide a workshop where authors can highlight their work on developing computational tools for economic analysis.

Deadline for applications: April 15


Session 5: The Dynamics of Collective Decision Making

August 4, 5, and 6, 2014

Organized by:

  • Renee Bowen, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Hülya Eraslan, Johns Hopkins University
  • Matthew Jackson, Economics, Stanford University

Economies are organized around groups of agents (e.g., corporate boards or legislatures) who must repeatedly make decisions that affect the entire group. This session focuses on the dynamics of collective decision making when the history of the process can affect either the current settling (e.g., via a status quo, or incumbency), or the current behavior (e.g., via sunk costs, or as part of a dynamic equilibrium that conditions on history). Recently, the volume of research in this area has experienced significant growth and the aim of this session is to bring together scholars in the field. This research will have implications for policy-making, institutional design and international agreements.

Deadline for applications: May 1


Session 6: New Models of Financial Markets

August 11, 12 and 13, 2014

Organized by:

  • Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago
  • Peter Koudjis, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Timothy McQuade, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Monika Piazzesi, Economics, Stanford University
  • Martin Schneider, Economics, Stanford University
  • Jules van Binsbergen, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

With this session, we would like to bring together young researchers who work on financial markets. We are open to research that comes to this topic from many different directions including asset pricing, corporate finance, market microstructure, financial econometrics, financial history etc.

Deadline for applications: May 1


Session 7: Experimental Economics

August 18 and 19, 2014

Organized by:

  • Lucas Coffman, Ohio State University
  • Muriel Niederle, Economics, Stanford University
  • Alvin Roth, Economics, Stanford University
  • Charles Sprenger, Economics, Stanford University
  • Lise Vesterlund, University of Pittsburgh

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.

Deadline for applications: May 15


Session 8: Psychology and Economics 12.0

August 20, 21, and 22, 2014

Organized by:

  • B. Douglas Bernheim, Economics, Stanford University
  • John Beshears, Harvard University
  • Vincent Crawford, University of Oxford
  • David Laibson, Harvard University
  • Ulrike Malmendier, University of California Berkeley

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.

Deadline for applications: May 15


Session 9: Interrelations between Financial and Labor Markets

August 25, 26, and 27, 2014

Organized by:

  • Jonathan Berk, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Philip Bond, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
  • Luigi Pistaferri, Economics, Stanford University

The goal of this session is to enhance interactions among researchers working on the intersection between Finance and Labor Economics. There is now a burgeoning literature that recognizes the importance of labor markets for the operation, functioning, and understanding of financial markets. The idea would be to bring both Financial and Labor economists together and thereby help advance this rising field.

Deadline for applications: May 15