Rava A. da Silveira rava at ens.fr
Thu Mar 7 11:05:40 CET 2019



*FRI June 28 to SUN July 7, 2019*

*Sponsored by the NOMIS Foundation and the*

*Alfred P. Sloan Foundation*

>From the evening of Friday June 28 to noon of Sunday July 7, 2019, the
second Summer School on Cognitive Foundations of Economic Behavior will
take place in Vitznau, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland (
http://www.floraalpina.ch/en/hotel.html). The last 2.5 days of the Summer
School consist of a workshop in which leading international researchers
will present their recent findings in this area of research.

The purpose of the first six days of the Summer School is to introduce
graduate students and beginning researchers in economics and related
disciplines to findings and methods from economics, psychology and
neuroscience that allow features of human attention and perception to be
taken into account when modeling economic behavior. The Summer School is
part of an initiative sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the
NOMIS Foundation, pursuing the idea that many well-documented but seemingly
disparate behavioral phenomena – such as framing effects, anchoring or
base-rate neglect, as well as hyperbolic discounting, probability weighting
or overconfidence – may have a unified explanation in terms of imperfect
attention and perceptual error.

The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Summer Institute are Andrew
Caplin (NYU), Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich), and Michael Woodford
(Columbia University), who will be in attendance for the full program.
Teaching faculty will also include Peter Dayan (Max Planck Institute for
Biological Cybernetics, Tubingen), Sam Gershman (Harvard), George
Loewenstein (Carnegie Mellon), Weiji Ma (NYU), Antonio Rangel (CalTech),
Rava Azeredo da Silveira (ENS, Paris), Andrei Shleifer (Harvard), Dmitry
Taubinsky (UC Berkeley), and Angela Yu (UC San Diego).

The program will include lectures and tutorials about economic models of
biases resulting from inattention, imperfect memory and other forms of
cognitive imprecision, as well as the psychological and neuroscientific
foundations and empirical measurement of imperfect attention and memory.
The sessions will outline evidence, principles, empirical methods and
formal models that enable the examination of the consequences of imperfect
attention and perception for important individual behaviors and market
outcomes. The program will also provide opportunities for students to
discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, visiting faculty, and
other participants.

Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students who by July 2019 will have
completed at least one year of their doctoral program, postdoctoral
researchers, and to faculty who have only started their faculty position in
the fall of 2018 or later. Candidates in related disciplines (e.g.,
psychology, neuroscience, computational science) who have a strong interest
and advanced training in formal economics are also eligible. Most
participant costs during the workshop, including housing and most meals,
will be covered, and a capped travel stipend (covering most but not all of
anticipated travel costs) will also be provided. About twenty- five
participants will be admitted. Participants will be required to complete
some assigned readings in advance, and to fully attend all sessions of the

There is no application form or program information beyond this
announcement. (For interested students, schedules of previous conferences
organized by the Sloan-Nomis program will give an indication of the kind of
topics to be discussed, and can be found at
https://wp.nyu.edu/sloan_nomis_project/home/events/.) To apply, send (i) a
curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement (maximum three pages) describing any
current research, and the general nature of your interest in the cognitive
foundations of economics, (iii) an (unofficial) course/grade transcript,
and (iv) two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors. All
applications must include an e-mail and an alternative means of contact
(e.g., phone number). Send your curriculum vita, statement, and
course/grade transcript (all collapsed into a *single *pdf file) to
Sloan-Nomis-Summerschool at econ.uzh.ch. Ask your recommenders to send their
letters to the same email address, with the following subject line:
recommendation letter for APPLICANT NAME. *We anticipate a large pool of
highly qualified applicants and to make final decisions quickly, so
applications and letters must be received by the deadline. *Complete
applications, including letters of recommendation, must be received by
Sunday, March 17. *We will notify applicants solely through e-mail, by
Monday, April 1, and will ask participants to confirm their participation
soon thereafter. Inquiries can be sent to
Sloan-Nomis-Summerschool at econ.uzh.ch.
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