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The Becker Friedman Institute’s annual conference on economic theory will bring together leading researchers from across the world to discuss recent advances in theoretical microeconomics. Topics will include decision theory, game theory, mechanism design, networks, and information economics. This year’s conference will be held both in-person and virtually. In-person attendance is limited and will be reserved for UChicago faculty, students and staff. To attend the conference virtually, please register here. To request in-person attendance, please contact bfi-events@uchicago.edu.

Past conference programs:  2019 | 2018 | 2017

For more information, please contact bfi-events@uchicago.edu.



Friday, August 13, 2021
8:45 am - 9:30 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Contagion and Equilibria in Diversified Financial Networks
Victor Amelkin, University of Pennsylvania
Santosh Venkatesh, University of Pennsylvania
Rakesh Vohra (Presenter), University of Pennsylvania
10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Learning Efficiency of Multi-Agent Information Structures
Mira Frick (Presenter), Yale University
Ryota Iijima, Yale University
Yuhta Ishii, Pennsylvania State University
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Screening Adaptive Cartels
Juan Ortner (Presenter), Boston University
Sylvain Chassang, Princeton University
Jun Nakabayashi, Kindai University
Kei Kawai, U.C. Berkeley
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Overconfidence and Prejudice
Paul Heidhues, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Botond Koszegi, Central European University
Philipp Strack (Presenter), Yale University
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
The Value of Data
Simone Galperti, University of Southern California, San Diego
Aleksandr Levkun, University of Southern California, San Diego
Jacopo Perego (Presenter), Columbia University
4:45 pm
Adjourn for the day
Saturday, August 14, 2021
8:45 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Costly Monitoring in Signaling Games
Tommaso Denti, Cornell University
10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Communication Under Scrutiny
Nemanja Antic (Presenter), Northwestern University
Archishman Chakraborty, Yeshiva University
Rick Harbaugh, Indiana University
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Persuasion as Matching
Anton Kolotilin, University of South Wales
2:15 pm
Conference Concludes