Workshop Schedule for Fall 2014:

The workshop organizers for the Fall 2014 quarter are Emir Kamenica and Eric Budish. Please contact Amanda Whittington to be added to the listserv to receive weekly updates.

The Workshop on Applied Theory meets on Mondays, 1:30-3:00 PM, in Harper Center, Room 3B.

September 29

Steven Callander, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Paper Title: "Optimal Search on Rugged Landscapes"

 

Abstract: An emergent theme in the study of organizations is the broad differences in managerial practices and performance across firms. We develop an explanation for these phenomena that turns on the complexity of the environments that firms operate in. We construct a model that formally captures the difficulty of the manager's problem and shows how the combination of theoretical knowledge and experience drive the choice of managerial practices. In this setting the evolution of firms is path dependent, marked by numerous failures, successes, and reversals. Nevertheless, patterns emerge. We show in particular how initial differences in performances persist and grow in expectation over time. We then apply the model to several long-standing questions in the study of organizations, exploring how imitation and coordination interact with the difficulty of the manager's problem. We also apply the model to the growth and development of nations, showing how the performance dynamics that emerge resonate with historical experience.

 

 



September 30

Held Jointly w/The University of Chicago Department of Economics (*please note the time is 3:30-5pm in Room SHFE 112 at 5757 S University Ave)

Navin Kartik, Columbia University

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.



October 13

Asher Wolinsky, Northwestern University

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.



October 20

Michael Woodford, Columbia University

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.



 

November 3

Jan Eeckout, Pompeu Fabra University

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.


 

November 11

Held Jointly w/The University of Chicago Department of Economics (*please note the time is 3:30-5pm in Room SHFE 112 at 5757 S University Ave)

Andrzej Skrzypacz, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.


November 17

Andrea Prat, Columbia University

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.



November 24

Bruce Hajek, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.

 



December 2

Held Jointly w/The University of Chicago Department of Economics (*please note the time is 3:30-5pm in Room SHFE 112 at 5757 S University Ave)

Alex Wolitzky

Paper Title: "TBD"

 

Abstract: TBD.

 

 

Archives of Past Workshops:

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