SITE 2021

We are pleased to announce that Stanford Economics will host the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE 2021) conference from July 12 - September 10, 2021 with a series of 13 workshop sessions. SITE brings together established and emerging scholars to present leading-edge economic research, to educate, and to collaborate. Due to the current pandemic situation, the return to an in-person SITE conference is uncertain. Please check back for updates. 

Paper Submission

SITE 2021 is accepting submissions! Here is some information for submitting your paper:

  • The list of SITE 2021 conference sessions/topics is listed below.
  • A Google account is required for submission.  
  • Click the paper submission link for the desired session and complete the form.
  • Upload your paper or abstract as a pdf.
  • Notification of acceptance is approximately 2-4 weeks after the submission deadline.

For questions, please contact Sharyn Nantuna at snantuna@stanford.edu.

Date
Monday, July 12, 2021, 9:00am - Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 5:00pm

Different from previous years of this session on “Economic Theory-Based Models,” this year’s session will focus on the econometric methodology side of theory-based econometric models from the fields of empirical Industrial Organization (IO), Labor Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics, Health Economics, and the Economics of Education. Topics for papers 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, (4) nonparametric and semiparametric methods for estimating economic primitives that impose shape and homogeneity restrictions implied by economic theory, and (5) methods for estimating empirically relevant features of complex models of economic behavior.  These papers can be both purely methodological or have a significant empirical component.  Contributions are welcome from scholars in econometric theory or any of the above empirical fields.  The unifying theme of the papers is a theoretical model of an economic interaction and an empirical implementation of this theoretical model. A major goal of the session is to encourage across-field interaction among researchers in econometric theory and researchers undertaking theory-based empirical research in all fields of applied microeconomics.

Organized by:

 

  • Azeem Shaikh, University of Chicago
  • Frank Wolak, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
April 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT
Date
Thursday, July 22, 2021, 9:00am - Friday, July 23, 2021, 5:00pm

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:
  • Avi Acharya, Stanford University
  • Steve Callander, Stanford GSB
  • Hülya Eraslan, Rice University
  • Dana Foarta, Stanford GSB
  • Tom Palfrey, California Institute of Technology
Deadline for paper submission
April 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT
Date
Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 9:00am - Friday, July 30, 2021, 5:00pm

This session focuses on recent advances in macro finance as well as the use of computational techniques in this field. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: asset pricing, investor heterogeneity, learning and ambiguity, new preference structures for pricing models, or using machine learning to understand the cross-section of returns. As the analysis of such models often requires the use of computational methods, we encourage submissions that develop and make use of new numerical techniques.

Organized by:
  • Kenneth Judd, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Walter Pohl, Norwegian School of Economics
  • Karl Schmedders, IMD and University of Zurich
  • Ole Wilms, Tilburg University
Deadline for paper submission
April 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT
Date
Monday, August 9, 2021, 9:00am - Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 12:00pm

As we have done for many years, this workshop brings 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, such as lifecycle consumption and savings, workplace productivity, health, and prosocial behavior. The presentations will frequently 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 Business School
  • 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, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT
Date
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 9:00am - Friday, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm

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, Harvard Business School
  • Muriel Niederle, Stanford University
  • Alejandro Martínez Marquina, Stanford University
  • Alvin Roth, Stanford University
  • Lise Vesterlund, University of Pittsburgh
Deadline for paper submission
May 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT
Date
Monday, August 16, 2021, 9:00am - Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 5:00pm

Macroeconomics increasingly emphasizes inequality. When heterogeneous agents interact in frictional markets, macro aggregates depend on the distribution of wealth and cannot be characterized by a representative agent. At the same time, macro shocks and policies have redistributive effects. Now in its third edition, this session aims to bring together researchers working on macro and inequality. We welcome theoretical work on heterogeneous agent models, empirical studies with micro data and combinations thereof. We expect to attract both macroeconomists as well as applied microeconomists working on labor economics, firm dynamics, international economics, urban economics and household finance.

Organized by:
  • Adrien Auclert, Stanford University
  • Kurt Mitman, IIES Stockholm
  • Chris Tonetti, Stanford GSB
  • Arlene Wong, Princeton University
Deadline for paper submission
May 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT
Date
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 9:00am - Friday, August 20, 2021, 5:00pm

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. 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, in particular, helping raise awareness among theorists of the open questions in other fields.

This is a continuation of successful SITE annual sessions 2013-2020. In previous years, we attracted people from economics, finance, operations research, political economy, and other related fields, ranging from Ph.D. students to senior professors. We hope to have a similar number of attendees this year as in the past. Specific topics likely to be covered include repeated and stochastic games, dynamic optimal contracts, dynamic market pricing, reputation, search, and learning and experimentation.

Organized by:
  • Simon Board, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Gonzalo Cisternas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • George Georgiadis, Northwestern University
  • Mira Frick, Yale University
  • Andrzej Skrzypacz, Stanford GSB
  • Takuo Sugaya, Stanford GSB
Deadline for paper submission
April 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT
Date
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 12:00pm - Friday, August 20, 2021, 5:00pm

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 ongoing Brexit turmoil and US election outcomes. This is becoming a major economic and policy topic – for example, the recent US growth slowdown has been blamed by many commentators as due to rising trade policy uncertainty. Unfortunately, our theoretical and empirical understanding of these topics is limited since only recently have macroeconomist started working on these issues from a more systematic basis. Nevertheless, the preliminary results in the literature, to which all four of us have contributed, are rather encouraging. Changes in volatility and uncertainty similar to the ones observed for the U.S. economy can be shown to be quantitatively significant factors in business cycle fluctuations and a key element in a successful explanation of aggregate fluctuations. Moreover, the presence of changes in volatility and uncertainty has important implications for the design of optimal policies and for our assessment of the responses of central banks and fiscal authorities to recent developments in the world economy. Therefore, the session will aim to include about 20 recent papers on these topics. Our goal is to have a balanced mix of theoretical and empirical papers and a strong interest in applications to policy.

Organized by:
  • Nick Bloom, Stanford University
  • Steve Davis, University of Chicago
  • Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde, University of Pennsylvania
  • Serena Ng, Columbia University
  • John Rogers, Federal Reserve Board
Deadline for paper submission
May 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT
Date
Monday, August 23, 2021, 9:00am - Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 12:00pm

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. 

This will be the FIFTH annual conference in the sequence of annual SITE conferences on this topic that we have held since 2017 (2017, 2018, 2019 and virtually in 2020). 

Organized by:
  • Gregor Matvos, Northwestern University 
  • Amit Seru, Stanford GSB
Deadline for paper submission
May 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT
Date
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 9:00am - Friday, August 27, 2021, 5:00pm

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.

Organized by:
  • Gregor Jarosch, Princeton University
  • Isaac Sorkin, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
May 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT
Date
Monday, August 30, 2021, 9:00am - Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 5:00pm

This session is at the intersection of Labor, Macro, and Public Economics. In the past few years, there has been a burgeoning interest in the use of general equilibrium models disciplined by micro data to analyze labor markets and evaluate policies that affect them. The use of these models to conduct comprehensive quantitative analyses of labor market policies is still in its infancy, though. The goal of this session is to bring together a diverse group of scholars, both young and established, engaged in frontier research in this area. This session is open to any contribution in this area.

Organized by:
  • Erik Hurst, University of Chicago
  • Patrick Kehoe, Stanford University
  • Elena Pastorino, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
June 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT
Date
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 9:00am - Thursday, September 2, 2021, 5:00pm

This segment would feature post-crisis research on the central role of banks in the economy, their incentives for risk-taking, developments in fintech, the role of banks for financial stability and payments provision, and the importance of financial frictions for households and firms more generally. This is an extremely active area of research. 

Organized by:
  • Juliane Begenau, Stanford GSB
  • Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago
  • Ben Hebert, Stanford GSB
  • Monika Piazzesi, Stanford University
Deadline for paper submission
April 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT
Date
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 12:00pm - Friday, September 10, 2021, 1:00pm

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 segment 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:
  • Rebecca Diamond, Stanford University
  • Winnie van Dijk, Harvard University
  • Martin Schneider, Stanford University
  • Nick Tsivanidis, University of California, Berkeley
Deadline for paper submission
May 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT