SITE 2024 Conference

Call For Papers

Stanford Economics is proud to host its annual Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE) Conference from July 1 to September 11 2024. SITE sponsors sessions that encompass both economic theory and empirical work and cover a broad range of topics. It brings together established and emerging scholars to present leading-edge economic research, to educate, and to collaborate.

Paper Submission

 

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Gender

Date
Monday, July 1, 2024, 8:00am - Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

This workshop will be dedicated to understanding how gender influences economic outcomes and decision-making. We plan to invite submissions of papers whose main focus is on gender, regardless of field, to foster dialogue across fields. In addition to senior faculty members, invited presenters will include junior faculty as well as graduate students.

Organized by:
  • Alejandro Martinez-Marquina, University of Southern California
  • Muriel Niederle, Stanford University
  • Petra Persson, Stanford University
  • Alessandra Voena, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
April 1, 2024

Empirical Implementation of Theoretical Models of Strategic Interaction and Dynamic Behavior

Date
Thursday, July 11, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, July 12, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Different from the past twenty-five SITE sessions on “Empirical Implementation of Theoretical Models of Strategic Interaction and Dynamic Behavior,” this year will focus on the econometric methodology side of this topic. Papers dealing with new developments in econometric methods relevant to the fields of empirical Industrial Organization (IO), Labor Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics, Health Economics, and the Economics of Education. Topics include: (1) methods for estimating and drawing inferences about partially identified econometric models, (2) methods for identifying and estimating dynamic single agent models, (3) methods for identifying and estimating static and dynamic models of non-cooperative games, and (4) methods for estimating empirically relevant features of complex models of economic behavior and counterfactuals implied by these models. The motivation for this session is to bring together scholars working in the intersection between of theory-based empirical models and the statistical methods relevant to estimating economically relevant magnitudes from these models in the and computing counterfactual economic outcomes while making minimal maintained assumptions.

Organized by:
  • Andres Santos, University of California Los Angeles
  • Azeem Shaikh, University of Chicago
  • Frank Wolak, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
April 15, 2024

Trade and Finance

Date
Thursday, July 25, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, July 26, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Engaging in international trade requires a large amount of capital and represents substantial risks. In frictionless financial markets, productive firms are certain to be able to raise the amount of capital they need and to insure against trade-specific risks, but what happens when financial markets are not frictionless, when firms need time to grow and accumulate capital? In addition, the private market for trade financing is highly concentrated, implying that it may not provide financing at the market price. How do those frictions affect the composition of firms that trade, where trade occurs, and with which partners? This session will bring together views from theory and empirics, banking and international trade, to form a better understanding of how finance shapes the patterns of trade and conditions the gains from trade.

Organized by:
  • Juliane Begenau, Stanford University
  • Linda Goldberg, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Adrien Matray, Stanford University
  • Chenzi Xu, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
April 15, 2024

Fiscal Sustainability

Date
Thursday, August 1, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, August 2, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Several countries have now record high levels of public debt that are comparable to the ones inherited from WWII. This creates challenges for both fiscal sustainability and the conduct of monetary policy. This session aims to bring together scholars working at the intersection of monetary policy, fiscal policy and sustainability, and the valuation of government debt. What role do central banks play in creating fiscal space for governments? Is there a possibility of fiscal dominance going forward? How does this possibility affect asset prices and the creation of safe assets? Could the erosion of the U.S. fiscal position threaten its reserve currency role? Both applied and theoretical contributions are welcome. The goal is to have a lively discussion enriched by a variety of perspectives.

Organized by:
  • Francesco Bianchi, Johns Hopkins University
  • Arvind Krishnamurthy, Stanford University
  • Hanno Lustig, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
May 1, 2024

Dynamic Games, Contracts, and Markets

Date
Monday, August 5, 2024, 8:00am - Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The idea of this session is to bring together microeconomic theorists working on dynamic games and contracts with more applied theorists working in macro, finance, organizational economics, and other fields. We have two aims. First, this is a venue to discuss the latest questions and techniques facing researchers working in dynamic games and contracts. Second, we wish to foster interdisciplinary discussion between scholars working on parallel topics in different disciplines and help raise awareness among theorists of the open questions in other fields.

Organized by:
  • Simon Board, University of California Los Angeles
  • Andrew McClellan, University of Chicago
  • Anne-Katrin Roesler, University of Toronto
  • Andrzej Skrzypacz, Stanford University
  • Takuo Sugaya, Stanford University
  • Weije Zhong, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
April 15, 2024

The Micro and Macro of Labor Markets

Date
Tuesday, August 6, 2024, 8:00am - Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The idea of this session is to bring together labor economists and macroeconomists with interests in labor markets with two goals. The first goal is to be a venue to discuss the latest research about labor markets. The second goal is to promote intellectual exchange among scholars working on similar topics, but with different approaches. Specific topics will depend on the submissions. We will have a graduate student session of short talks for students going on the market in 2024-2025.

Organized by:
  • Sydnee Caldwell, University of California Berkeley
  • Gregor Jarosch, Duke University
  • Benjamin Schoefer, University of California Berkeley
  • Isaac Sorkin, Stanford University

Decisions will be made by June 1

Deadline for paper submission
May 15, 2024

Political Economic Theory

Date
Thursday, August 8, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, August 9, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

This session will bring together researchers from political science and economics who apply economic theory to the study of politics. This includes work in the areas of voting theory, political bargaining, policy-making and implementation, lobbying and regulation, and the media and information environment in which politics takes place. The session will encourage productive dialogue between researchers in economic theory that have developed ideas and tools relevant to the study of politics, and those in political science who study questions and topics that can be addressed by economic theory.

Organized by:
  • Avidit Acharya, Stanford University
  • Peter Buisseret, Harvard University
  • Steven Callander, Stanford University
  • Hulya Eraslan, Rice University
  • Tom Palfrey, California Institute of Technology
Deadline for paper submission
May 8, 2024

Market Design

Date
Thursday, August 8, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, August 9, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

This session seeks to bring together researchers in economics, computer science, and operations research working on topics related to market design. We’re aiming for a roughly even split between theory papers and empirical and experimental papers. In addition to faculty members, we also invite graduate students to submit their papers for shorter graduate student talks.

Organized by:
  • Piotr Dworczak, Northwestern University
  • Ravi Jagadeesan, Stanford University
  • Ellen Muir, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deadline for paper submission
12 pm on April 19, 2024

Market Failures and Public Policy

Date
Wednesday, August 14, 2024, 8:00am - Thursday, August 15, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Market failures are present in many markets, and governments throughout the world design interventions to address them. Some widespread examples of market failures are market power, asymmetric information, externalities, and free-riding for public goods, among others. This session will bring together researchers in industrial organization and public economics focused on identifying market failures, studying interventions, and evaluating solutions.

All submissions will be considered for a joint session with the Empirical Market Design group.

Organized by:
  • José Ignacio Cuesta, Stanford University
  • Liran Einav, Stanford University
  • Gastón Illanes, Northwestern University
  • Neale Mahoney, Stanford University
  • Pietro Tebaldi, Columbia University
Deadline for paper submission
April 1, 2024

Empirical Market Design

Date
Thursday, August 15, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, August 16, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

Empirical Market Design is an emerging research field, blending the theoretical underpinnings of market design with novel empirical approaches that are sometimes related to those used applied microeconomics, public economics, and industrial organization. This innovative approach aims to rigorously analyze and understand policy-relevant scenarios, with the focus on harnessing the efficiency and equity benefits of market forces. This session will include papers that employ empirical tools to design better markets and inform policy decisions, ultimately contributing to a more equitable and efficient outcomes.

Organized by:
  • Claudia Allende Santa Cruz, Stanford University
  • Adam Kapor, Princeton University
  • Paulo Somaini, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
April 1, 2024

Climate Finance and Banking

Date
Monday, August 19, 2024, 8:00am - Tuesday, August 20, 2024, 8:00am
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

This is a segment exploring the latest papers in climate finance and banking.

Organized by:
  • Juliane Begenau, Stanford University
  • Stefano Giglio, Yale University
  • Lars Hansen, University of Chicago
  • Monika Piazzesi, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
May 15, 2024

Frontiers of Macroeconomic Research

Date
Wednesday, August 21, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, August 23, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The goal of the session is to bring together researchers working in macroeconomics, broadly defined. The session will focus on both short-run macroeconomic fluctuations, as well as open questions in economic growth. We welcome submissions that are quantitative, theoretical or empirical in nature. We hope that the diverse research topics within macroeconomics covered in the session will foster engaging and productive discussion.

Organized by:
  • Adrien Auclert, Stanford University
  • Luigi Bocola, Stanford University
  • Kurt Mitman, Center for Monetary and Financial Studies
  • Alessandra Peter, New York University
Deadline for paper submission
May 15, 2024

Experimental Economics

Date
Thursday, August 22, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, August 23, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, 366 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94035

This workshop will be dedicated to advances in experimental economics combining laboratory and field-experimental methodologies with theoretical and psychological insights on decision-making, strategic interaction and policy. We would invite papers in lab experiments, field experiments and their combination that test theory, demonstrate the importance of psychological phenomena, and explore social and policy issues. In addition to senior faculty members, invited presenters will include junior faculty as well as graduate students.

Organized by:
  • Christine Exley, University of Michigan
  • Judd Kessler, University of Pennsylvania
  • Muriel Niederle, Stanford University
  • Alvin Roth, Stanford University
  • Lise Vesterlund, University of Pittsburgh
Deadline for paper submission
May 1, 2024

Psychology and Economcis

Date
Monday, August 26, 2024, 8:00am - Tuesday, August 27, 2024, 9:00pm
Location:
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, 366 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305

This session will bring together researchers working on issues at the intersection of psychology and economics. The segment will focus on evidence of and explanations for non-standard choice patterns, as well as the positive and normative implications of those patterns in a wide range of economic decision-making contexts. The presentations will build upon insights from other disciplines, including psychology and sociology. Theoretical, empirical, and experimental studies will be included.

Organized by:
  • B. Douglas Bernheim, Stanford University
  • John Beshears, Harvard University
  • Vincent Crawford, University of Oxford and University of California San Diego
  • David Laibson, Harvard University
  • Ulrike Malmendier, University of California Berkeley
Deadline for paper submission
May 1, 2024

The Labor Market Experience of Vulnerable Populations of Workers

Date
Monday, August 26, 2024, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location:
To be announced

This session aims to provide a forum for scholars interested in analyzing the employment experiences of vulnerable workers. For instance, workers with disabilities, older workers, and undocumented immigrant workers are individuals whose participation in labor markets has traditionally been limited by a variety of barriers, ranging from lack of accommodation to explicit discrimination or a lack of a legal employment status. A first important question within the debate on inequality concerns whether these individuals tend to display low levels of employment and/or be paid lower wages because of these barriers. A second important question is whether some of these gaps can be closed by appropriate technological investments (such as allowing work from home and purchasing specific equipment) or policy exceptions (such as lifting mandated minimum wages). The understanding of these dynamic trade-offs from either an efficiency or equity point of view is to date limited. The goal of this session is then to bring together a diverse group of young and established scholars who are engaged in frontier research in this area, from both a micro and a macro perspective. We welcome contributions from different fields, such as labor economics, health economics, public economics, industrial organization, and macroeconomics, as well as methodological perspectives that specifically address, but are not necessarily limited to, the following key questions:

a) What are the trend and cycle characteristics of the participation and employment rates of vulnerable workers? How have they changed over time?

b) How much does health matter for their labor market achievement compared to other dimensions of human capital?

c) What are the key challenges faced by vulnerable workers in securing and retaining employment? Are any labor market imperfections especially responsible for discouraging these workers from becoming or remaining employed? What is the specific role of firm monopsony power, especially towards undocumented workers? Can the regularization of the status of undocumented immigrants help mitigate these issues?

d) How important is discrimination and what forms does it take?

e) How effective are existing policies and laws in supporting vulnerable workers? Are policies like employment-sponsored health insurance encouraging or discouraging the participation of vulnerable individuals in labor markets? How could social security be reformed to provide appropriate work incentives for individuals who are able to work and yet protect individuals who are unable to work?

f) What is the role of innovative workplace practices, such flexible part-time and remote work, and technology more generally in supporting the labor market participation and employment of vulnerable workers?

Organized by:
  • Elena Pastorino, Stanford University
  • Luigi Pistaferri, Stanford University
  • Jeremy Lise, University of Minnesota
Deadline for paper submission
May 1, 2024

Housing and Urban Economics

Date
Wednesday, August 28, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, August 30, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

There has been a recent surge of work in housing and urban economics, with people often scattered across otherwise disjoint fields such as public finance, labor, trade, development and macro, and using different methodologies. This workshop aims to bring together researchers that share an interest in these topics in one room. We welcome both theoretical and empirical research on housing and urban broadly speaking.

Organized by:
  • Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato, Stanford University
  • Rebecca Diamond, Stanford University
  • Benny Kleinman, Stanford University
  • Martin Schneider, Stanford University
  • Nick Tsivanidis, University of California Berkeley
  • Winnie van Dijk, Yale University
Deadline for paper submission
June 1, 2024

The Macroeconomics of Uncertainty and Volatility

Date
Wednesday, September 4, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, September 6, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The session will cover recent work on the causes and effects of changes in volatility and uncertainty in the aggregate economy, which is incredibly topical given the COVID, Monetary and Ukraine volatility and now Middle East situation. Indeed, the most cited economics paper in the last 5-years is on measuring uncertainty and its impact on the US economy. This session will focus on measuring changes in uncertainty, evaluating its impact on the US and global economy, and discussing policy responses. The mix of academics and policy makers - with co-funding from the San Francisco Fed - across multiple institutions reflects this broad interest. The session will aim to include about 20 recent papers on these topics, with as in prior years a mix of theoretical and empirical papers, junior and senior presenters, and gender and demographic mix.

Organized by:
  • Nicholas Bloom, Stanford University
  • Steve Davis, Stanford University
  • Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, University of Pennsylvania
  • Zheng Liu, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
  • Bo Sun, University of Virginia
  • Nancy Xu, Boston College
Deadline for paper submission
June 1, 2024

New Research in Asset Pricing

Date
Wednesday, September 4, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, September 6, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Herbert Hoover Memorial Building, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

This session invites pioneering research in asset pricing, with a special focus on macrofinance, computational techniques, machine learning applications, and the emerging field of sustainable finance. We are particularly interested in studies that push the boundaries of traditional models or incorporate new methodologies. The key topics of Interest include:

1) Asset Pricing Models: Development and application in diverse market scenarios.

2) Investor Behavior: Heterogeneity, learning patterns, and ambiguity in decision-making.

3) Methodological Innovation: New approaches in financial model analysis, especially those employing novel computational and numerical methods.

4) Sustainable Finance: Impact of climate change and policy responses on asset markets, including aspects like disaster risks and credit risk modeling for assets at risk of becoming stranded.

Organized by:
  • Kenneth Judd, Hoover Institution at Stanford
  • Walter Pohl, NHH Norwegian School of Economics
  • Karl Schmedders, IMD Lausanne
  • Ole Wilms, Hamburg University
Deadline for paper submission
June 15, 2024

The Economics of Transparency

Date
Thursday, September 5, 2024, 8:00am - Friday, September 6, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The idea of this SITE session is to bring together theorists and empiricists working on topics of the economics of information transparency and disclosure across accounting, economics, finance, and law. We have two broad goals with this conference. The first is to provide a venue to discuss the latest frontier of research questions and techniques facing researchers studying transparency and disclosure topics across a variety of markets. This is particularly important at a time where regulators across the globe are increasingly relying on disclosure regulation to achieve various goals, including, for example, ensuring the stability of the banking sector, fostering quality through competition in the healthcare sector, improving the diversity of firms’ leadership positions, and combating climate change. Second, we wish to foster interdisciplinary discussion between scholars working on parallel topics in different disciplines and help raise awareness among theorists and empiricists alike of the open questions in other fields.

Organized by:
  • Thomas Bourveau, Columbia University
  • Itay Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ilan Guttman, New York University
  • John Kepler, Stanford University
  • Kevin Smith, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
12 pm on April 19, 2024

Financial Regulation

Date
Monday, September 9, 2024, 8:00am - Wednesday, September 11, 2024, 5:00pm
Location:
Landau Economics Building, 579 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305

This session discusses the latest advances in theoretical and empirical issues related to financial regulation, defined broadly. Topics will include, but will not be limited to, connections of regulation for intermediaries, households and policymakers in the US and outside the US.

Organized by:

Gregor Matvos, Northwestern University

Amit Seru, Stanford University

Deadline for paper submission
To be announced

SITE is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation with additional support from the Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences Department of Economics, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.