Econ 521b: Advanced Economic Theory: Topics (2010)

Spring 2010
9:00-10:20 T/TH, 28 Hillhouse, Room 106

Dirk Bergemann
30 Hillhouse Avenue, #24
432-3592, Email
Office hours T 1:00-3:00

Juuso Valimaki
30 Hillhouse Avenue, #6
432-6519, Email
Office hours T 1:00-3:00

Topic: This course covers selected topics in the economics of information and uncertainty. The first part of the course will cover the theory of mechanism design and some of its applications. The second part of the course will cover some recent papers in communication, learning and networks..

Course Requirements: This course has five basic requirements. They are: (i) reading the assigned papers before the presentation in class, (ii) solving the problem sets, (iii) presenting one research paper, (iv) writing six referee reports (before the presentation of the papers) and (v) writing a term paper. The assignments will be given biweekly. Class participation, assignments, and the term paper will jointly determine the final grade.

Readings: The current reading list will be completed as the class proceeds.


Tuesday, January 12 (DB): Dynamic Mechanism Design: Efficiency

Thursday, January 14 (DB): Dynamic Mechanism Design

Tuesday, January 19 (DB): Sequential Screening

Thursday, January 21 (DB): Information Disclosure in Dynamic Mechanism

Tuesday, January 26 (DB): Robust Mechanism Design

Thursday, January 28 (DB): Incomplete Information and Robustness: Equilibrium Concepts

  • Second Referee Report: The Relevance of Private Information in Mechanism Design

Tuesday, February 2 (DB): Robust  Implementation:

Thursday, February 4 (DB): Robust Predictions in Incomplete Information Games

Tuesday, February 9 (DB):

Thursday, February 11 (DB):

Tuesday, February 16 (JV): Large Auctions: Private Values

Thursday, February 18 (JV): Large Auctions: Common Values

Tuesday, February 23 (JV): Value of Information

Thursday, February 25 (JV): Information Orders

Tuesday, March 3: (JV) Information and Contracts

Thursday, March 5: (JV) Information and Auctions

Tuesday, March 23: (JV) Bayesian Learning

Thursday, March 25: (JV) Bandit Problems

Tuesday, March 30: (JV) Social Learning

Thursday, April 1: (JV) Timing with Private Information

Tuesday, April 6: (JV) Bubbles and Crashes

Thursday, April 8: (JV) Liquidity Shocks and Order Book Dynamics

Tuesday, April 13 (DB): Guest Lecture: Thomas Mariotti (IDEI, Toulouse):

Thursday, April 15 (DB):

Tuesday, April 20 (DB):

Thursday, April 22 (DB):

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