Upcoming Events

Vernon Smith, the 2002 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Science, will be visiting Utah State University from October 31 through November 4 at the invitation of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University. He will be giving a talk titled, "Adam Smith's Humanomics" on Wednesday November 1, at 12:00 p.m.

Along with serving as a Research Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science and a Fellow of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Dr. Smith serves or has served on the board of editors of the American Economic Review, the Cato Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Science, Economic Theory, Economic Design, Games and Economic Behavior, and the Journal of Economic Methodology.

Dr. Smith is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association, an Andersen Consulting Professor of the Year, the 1995 Adam Smith award recipient conferred by the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and received California Institute of Technology’s distinguished alumni award in 1996. He has served as a consultant on the privatization of electric power in Australia and New Zealand and participated in numerous private and public discussions of energy deregulation in the United States. In 1997 he served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Member, National Electric Reliability Council.

A graduate of California Institute of Technology, Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles and books on capital theory, finance, natural resource economics, and experimental economics.

Experimental Economics Workshop
November 2-4, 2017
Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University

We are pleased to announce a workshop to be held in Logan Utah. This workshop will be co-hosted by the Center for Growth and Opportunity and the new experimental lab at Utah State University.

In this workshop 10 to 12 participants will each have one hour to present and discuss their paper. This format is intended to provide in-depth peer feedback, while allowing participants extensive interaction with the other workshop participants and guests.

The focus of this workshop is experimental research with policy relevance. Any paper that reports the results of a lab or field experiment that has policy implications is welcome

Papers presented at the workshop are also eligible for submission to a special issue of Public Finance Review dedicated to experimental research. This journal has recently appointed a new editor (Scott Findley) who has expressed a desire to encourage the submission of papers utilizing experimental methods.

For consideration, please send an abstract or manuscript to Lucas Rentschler (Utah State University) at lucas.rentschler@usu.edu. The submission deadline is September 15, 2017. Notification of acceptance decisions will be made by September 20, 2017.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

We are pleased to announce that our two keynote speakers are Vernon Smith (Chapman University) and Dan Houser (George Mason University).

 

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Time Presenter Location
3:30pm - 4:00pm Workshop Welcome Executive Boardroom
4:00pm - 5:00pm Presentation 1 "Self-Serving Deviations from Standard Behavior: Investigating Income and Relative Return Differentials in Voluntary Contributions Mechanisms"
Bachir Kassas, Texas A&M University
Executive Boardroom
5:00pm - 5:15pm Break Executive Boardroom
5:15pm - 6:15pm Presentation 2 "An Empirical Analysis of Litigation with Discovery"
Mark Van Boening, Univerity of Mississippi
Executive Boardroom
7:00pm Dinner
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Time Presenter Location
8:00am - 8:30am Breakfast Executive Boardroom
8:30am - 9:30am Presentation 3 "Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions by an Inter-temporal Policy Mix: An Experimental Investigation"
Rimvydas Baltaduonis, Gettysburg College
Executive Boardroom
9:30am - 9:45am Break Executive Boardroom
9:45am - 10:45am Plenary 1 "Temptation and Self-Control: Policy Implications"
Daniel Houser, George Mason University
Executive Boardroom
10:45am - 11:00am Break Executive Boardroom
11:00am - 12:00pm Presentation 4 "The Other 1%: Class Contamination and Voting for Redistribution"
Olga Stoddard, Brigham Young University
Executive Boardroom
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch Tanner Terrace/O.C. Tanner Lounge
1:15pm - 2:15pm Presentation 5 "Changing Caste Norms and Behaviors using Formal Rules: Artefactual Field Experiment in India"
Pavitra Govindan, Brown University
Executive Boardroom
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break Executive Boardroom
2:30pm - 3:00pm Flexmarkets Presentation "Demonstration of Flexemarkets.com Software"
Elena Asparouhova, University of Utah
Executive Boardroom
7:00pm Dinner O.C. Tanner Lounge
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Time Presenter Location
8:00am - 8:30am Breakfast Executive Boardroom
8:30am - 9:30am Plenary 2 "New Trust and Ultimatum Games motivated by Adam Smith"
Vernon Smith, Chapman University
Executive Boardroom
9:30am - 9:45am Break Executive Boardroom
9:45am - 10:45am Presentation 6 "Costly Information Acquisition in Decentralized Markets: An Experiment"
Wenhao Young, University of South Carolina
Executive Boardroom
10:45am - 11:00am Break Executive Boardroom
11:00am - 12:00pm Presentation 7 "Parallel Assignments in School Choice Markets: Theory and Experiments"
Bertan Turhan, ITAM
Executive Boardroom
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch Tanner Terrace/O.C. Tanner Lounge
1:15pm - 2:15pm Presentation 8 "Insuring Risk under Product Complexity: An Experimental Approach"
Corin Besliu, University of Utah
 

TRAVEL, ACCOMODATIONS, AND MEALS

Participants are responsible for their own expenses regarding travel and accommodations. See the link Travel & Accommodations for more information on booking accommodations and traveling to and from Logan, Utah. All meals are provided for participants for the entire duration of the workshop, compliments of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.

REGISTRATION AND WORKSHOP FEES

No registration fees are required.

WORKSHOP LOCATION

Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, in Logan, Utah. Visitors enjoy world-class scenery just minutes from campus. Easy access to hiking, biking, fishing, camping, boating and other sight-seeing opportunities in the mountains. Logan is truly an outdoor paradise for those who are enthusiastic about the mountains, providing everything from gentle nature trails along rivers and lakes to extreme challenges on some of the steepest slopes in the Rockies.

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The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University was honored to host Dr. Eytan Sheshinski, as the inaugural lecturer of its Excellence in Innovation Series.

Dr. Sheshinski, the Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance Emeritus at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and has held academic positions at Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley, MIT and Brown. His scholarly research focuses mainly on public economics, with particular emphasis on insurance markets, social security and pension systems and natural resources.

Lecture: Pension Design

All government pension systems — like Social Security in the United States — face ever-evolving demographic, economic and social circumstances. The central question that Dr. Sheshinski's research has addressed is how risks should be shared amongst participants in any such system.

Despite headlines like "Is Social Security doomed?" or "Should you worry about your retirement?" — Dr. Sheshinski offers practical and innovative solutions that would allow for stability across a wide range of public pension systems that would allow for sustainable success.