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Third WINIR Conference: Institutions & Human Behavior
Call For Papers

George Mason Law & Economics Center Program on the Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform
Call For Papers

Spring Forum and Reception Honoring William F. Sharpe
Call For Papers

FESE De la Vega Prize 2016: Competition Open!
Call For Papers

Coller Institute of Venture (CIV) at Tel Aviv University on University Venture
Call For Papers

Haverford College, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
TIER Faculty Fellowships 2016 -17

17th Trento Summer School: Intensive course on Macroeconomic Coordination and Externalities
Summer School Announcement

Call For Papers
Third WINIR Conference: Institutions & Human Behavior

2-5 September 2016, Seaport Boston Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Download the call for papers at: http://winir.org/content/documents/WINIR2016/WINIR2016_CallForPapers.pdf

It is now widely accepted that institutions, broadly defined as systems of established social rules, play a major role in explaining human behaviour. Although scholars generally agree that institutions coordinate human behavior and to a certain extent mould it into recognizable patterns, there is much less consensus regarding the precise mechanisms involved. We also have yet to fully understand the ways in which alternative rule systems and behavioral patterns emerge, persist and evolve to create our complex social systems.

Theoretical and empirical research into these important topics needs to draw on insights from multiple academic disciplines, including anthropology, economics, ethnology, history, human geography, law, linguistics, management, philosophy, politics, psychology and sociology.

The Third WINIR Conference will provide a forum for leading scholars from multiple disciplines and theoretical approaches to advance the ongoing conversation about these and other key issues in the growing area of institutional research.

The conference will open on the afternoon of Friday 2 September and end on the evening of Monday 5 September 2016.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, representing five academic disciplines:
- Daron Acemoglu (MIT, economics)
- John L. Campbell (Dartmouth, sociology)
- Margaret Gilbert (UC Irvine, philosophy)
- Henry Hansmann (Yale, law)
- Wendy Wood (USC, psychology)

Abstract submissions from any discipline and theoretical approach are welcome. Go to: http://winir.org/?page=events&side=winir_2016&sub=abstract_submission

All submissions must be explicitly about institutions (or organisations) and/or institutional thought.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Peter Boettke (George Mason University, economics), Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge, law), Geoff Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire, economics), Timur Kuran (Duke University, economics), Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki, philosophy), Katharina Pistor (Columbia University, law), Sven Steinmo (European University Institute, politics), Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck Institute Cologne, sociology).

In accordance with WINIR policy, all conference participants must be members of WINIR. There is no need to become a member at the abstract submission stage.

11 Mar 2016: Abstract submission deadline
25 Mar 2016: Notification of acceptance
26 Mar 2016: Registration opens
31 May 2016: Early registration deadline
31 Jul 2016: Registration deadline for accepted authors
1 Aug 2016: Non-registered authors removed from programme
15 Aug 2016: Registration deadline for non-presenters
28 Aug 2016: Full paper submission deadline

ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Francesca Gagliardi (f.gagliardi@herts.ac.uk), David Gindis (d.gindis@herts.ac.uk), Geoff Hodgson (g.m.hodgson@herts.ac.uk) and Richard Langlois (richard.langlois@uconn.edu).


Call For Papers
George Mason Law & Economics Center Program on the Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies at George Mason University's Law & Economics Center invites applications for research funding for the production and presentation of original papers on The Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform.

OVERVIEW: The Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law will host two events during the fall of 2016 on The Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform. We believe the looming public pension crisis poses a considerable threat to states' fiscal soundness and public welfare that can be better addressed by promoting scholarly research on the subject and disseminating the results of that research to the appropriate audiences.

The first event will consist of a two-day research roundtable for the development, presentation, and discussion of original scholarly papers aimed at addressing the looming pension crisis. These papers will be funded by the LEC and commissioned primarily from economists and legal scholars following a call for papers (see below). The Roundtable will be held at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia on September 29-30, 2016. The papers will be published as a journal symposium issue or as a book.

The second event will consist of a two-day Policy Conference bringing together members of the scholarly community, practitioners, judges, attorneys general, government regulators, and public policy commentators. Panels will include some or all of the papers developed for the Roundtable. The Conference will also be held at George Mason University School of Law on December 1-2, 2016.

PAPER PROPOSALS: Those interested in receiving funding for research leading to a paper on the public pension crisis should send their paper, precis, or abstract by April 10, 2016, to Jeffrey Smith, LEC Program Coordinator, at jsmithq@gmu.edu. Eight papers will be selected for the Roundtable. Selection is competitive. Selections will be made and authors notified by May 1, 2016.

Authors will be responsible for submitting a substantial draft of their paper by September 5, 2016. Authors will receive a $12,000 total honorarium (inclusive of travel expenses). An initial payment of $6,000 will be made upon timely draft paper completion and presentation at the Roundtable. The LEC will provide authors with meals at the Roundtable and lodging on the night of September 29, 2016. In addition to presenting their papers, authors will be expected to read the other selected papers and serve as Roundtable discussants.

Authors will then revise their papers based on comments received at the Roundtable and present their final paper at the December Policy Conference. Authors will be asked to submit their final draft by mid-November. Meals will be provided at the Conference as well as lodging for the night of December 1, 2016. The final honorarium payment of $6,000 will be paid following submission of the final draft and participation in the Conference.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Whether public employees pay for their pensions in forgone cash wages
- Insights on the financial economics of public pensions
- The legal nature and limits of pension rights, whether gratuity, contract, or positive constitutional right
- The political economy of public pension reform
- The intergenerational implications of reform or failure to reform
- Illinois Constitution's Pension Non-impairment Clause
- Legal analysis of past or pending pension litigation
- Legal analysis of various pension reform proposals

PAPER SUBMISSIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Submissions (due by April 10, 2016) or questions should be directed to Jeffrey Smith, LEC Program Coordinator, at jsmithq@gmu.edu


Call For Papers
Spring Forum and Reception Honoring William F. Sharpe

May 20, 2016 at the New York Hilton Midtown

Call for Papers: Submit by March 15, 2016

Join us May 20th
The Wharton School's Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research will host its next forum in New York, NY on May 20, 2016. Academics and practitioners are invited to present current research on topics related to asset management and quantitative finance. There will be one discussant for each paper and a lunchtime speaker.

The Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize for Quantitative Financial Innovation will be awarded at this event to Professor William F. Sharpe to recognize his work in style analysis detailed in his paper "Asset Allocation: Management Style and Performance Measurement" (The Journal of Portfolio Management, Winter 1992). Sharpe received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990.

PRESENTERS: Presenters at past Jacobs Levy Center events have included Cliff Asness, Mark Carhart, Campbell Harvey, Lasse Pedersen, Jeremy Siegel, Kent Smetters and Robert Stambaugh. The Spring 2015 Forum https://jacobslevycenter.wharton.upenn.edu/events/spring-2015-forum, "The Alpha and Beta of Factor Investing," was attended by more than 300 academics and industry practitioners.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please email jacobs-levy-center@wharton.upenn.edu to submit a paper. You may link to your paper in the body of the email or attach a PDF. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2016.

The Jacobs Levy Center will provide hotel accommodations and travel reimbursements for those academicians selected to participate in the forum.

- Professor Christopher Geczy, Ph.D., Academic Director, 215-898-1698, geczy@wharton.upenn.edu
- Lauren McDonnell, Managing Director, 215-898-7542, laurmc@wharton.upenn.edu

ABOUT THE CENTER: Led by Professor Chris Geczy, and founded by Bruce Jacobs and Ken Levy, the Wharton School's Jacobs Levy Center (https://jacobslevycenter.wharton.upenn.edu) is dedicated to the advancement of quantitative finance, at the intersection of theory and practice, through the creation and dissemination of innovative knowledge.


Call For Papers
FESE De la Vega Prize 2016: Competition Open!

The Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) will award the Josseph de la Vega Prize 2016 for an outstanding research paper related to the securities markets in Europe. Papers about current developments in European securities markets are particularly welcome.

TOPICS: The paper may refer to any of the following topics:
- Saving via Capital Markets: access to capital markets for investors, European private pension plan, financial literacy.
- Financing via Capital Markets: SMEs access, SMEs Growth Markets, Prospectus Regulation, new forms of equity financing.
- Primary Markets for Equities and Bonds: public and private offerings, ongoing disclosure requirements, markets segments.
- Secondary Markets for Equities, Fixed Income and Derivatives: value of exchanges for the real economy, liquidity, transparency, efficiency, risk management, market microstructure, development/size of markets.
- Fairness, Security and Integrity of Markets.
- Benchmarks, Market Indicators and Market Data.
- New Technologies: blockchain, crypto-currencies, etc.
- Impact of Regulation.

The winner(s) will be awarded the Prize at the gala dinner of the FESE Convention 2016, which will take place on Wednesday, 15th June 2016 in Malta in the presence of high-level officials and industry representatives from around the world. In addition, the winner(s) will be invited to attend the FESE Convention 2016 on Thursday, 16th June in Malta. Travel and accommodation expenses of the winner(s) will be borne by FESE, in accordance with pre-defined guidelines.

The prize maximum amount awarded will be EUR 5,000.

Read more about the conditions here: http://www.fese.eu/images/documents/deLaVega/Conditions_of_participation_in_the_Josseph_de_la_Vega_Prize_2016.pdf. The deadline for application is Sunday, 24th April 2016 before midnight (CET).


Call For Papers
Coller Institute of Venture (CIV) at Tel Aviv University on University Venture

Coller Institute of Venture (CIV) at Tel Aviv University is now accepting proposals for papers for the next issue of Venture Findings, focused on University Venture.

Submission deadline: March 6, 2016

In addition to an author's honorarium of US $3000, publishing with CIV may lead to further research collaboration, participation in our events, and the opportunity to expose your thinking and research to thousands of stakeholders in the global venture ecosystem.

The coming issue will focus on "University Venture," where we look at the future of the relationship of Universities to Venture. This is based on the notion that the global venture ecosystem in the 21st century is changing rapidly, and the role of academia in it is of necessity going to change as well.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: To learn more, and discover whether and how you can submit an article to us, please go to: http://www.collerinstituteofventure.org/call-for-papers-on-university-venture


Haverford College, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
TIER Faculty Fellowships 2016 -17


Follow Project TIER on @Project_TIER

Project TIER (Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research) is an initiative aimed at promoting training in open and transparent methods of quantitative research in the undergraduate and graduate curricula of all the social sciences.

TIER FELLOWSHIP DETAILS: We anticipate awarding about five or six TIER Faculty Fellowships for the 2016-17 academic year. Fellows will collaborate with us and work independently to develop and disseminate transparent research methods that are suitable for adoption by students writing theses, dissertations or other supervised papers, or that can be incorporated into classes on quantitative research methods.

The period of the Fellowships will be from June 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000.

Applications are due April 18, 2016. Early inquiries and expressions of interest are encouraged.

Project TIER is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIPS: Candidates for the Fellowships should be faculty members in any of the social sciences who teach research-oriented classes on statistical methods and/or supervise undergraduate or graduate students conducting quantitative research. The responsibilities of the Fellows will include:
- Putting the principles of Project TIER into practice in their own teaching and/or research supervision. The primary objective of the TIER Faculty Fellowships is to promote the adoption of the TIER documentation protocol or similar methods of transparent and replicable research by faculty who teach statistics and quantitative methods courses and advise student research. The main responsibility of the Fellows will therefore be to incorporate instruction in transparent research methods in their courses and research supervision in a substantial way.
- Planning and carrying out at least one additional activity that will contribute to Project TIER's goal of promoting transparency and replicability in the training of social science students. This activity could take the form of outreach (e.g., encouraging other faculty at the Fellow's institution to integrate transparent and replicable research methods in their classes; promoting collaboration among faculty at several institutions; speaking at a professional meetings; or writing an article for an appropriate outlet), or it could involve development of curricular materials or other resources (e.g., writing a version of the protocol tailored to a software package for which it has not yet been adapted; creating data management and documentation exercises that can be used in statistics or quantitative methods classes; or developing other content for the Project TIER website). Candidates who have preliminary ideas about the activities they might propose are encouraged to get in touch with us as early as possible so that we can provide guidance in the development of those ideas.
- Attending a two-day conference for TIER Fellows at Haverford College on June 20-21, 2016. This conference will provide an opportunity for the 2016-17 Fellows to meet one another, share their plans for TIER-related activities during the Fellowship year, and discuss ways to coordinate their efforts to maximize their effectiveness.
The five current TIER Faculty Fellows, whose terms will end on June 30, will also attend the meeting to provide insights based on their experiences during 2015-16.
- Attending a two-day conference for TIER Fellows at Haverford College in June 2017 (exact dates to be determined).This conference will provide an opportunity for the 2016-17 Fellows to discuss the activities they undertook during the Fellowship year, and strategies for sustaining and building upon those efforts. Contingent upon renewal of the grant funding that supports the TIER Faculty Fellowships, this conference will also provide an opportunity for the outgoing 2016-17 Fellows to offer guidance and support to the incoming cohort of Fellows for 2017-18.

Although the official term of the Fellowships is thirteen months, candidates who demonstrate a commitment to remaining involved in Project TIER well beyond that period will be especially attractive. We hope that the focus on transparency and replicability that Fellows adopt during the Fellowship year will become a lasting feature of their teaching and research advising. We also hope that alumnae of the Fellowship will continue to collaborate with us on outreach and resource development. Our long-run goal is to foster a network of educators working collaboratively to promote training in transparent and replicable methods of quantitative research, and we anticipate that TIER Fellows will form the core of this community.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Each TIER Faculty Fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000, half of which will be paid after the June 2016 Fellows' Conference and half of which will be paid after the June 2017 Fellows' Conference.

During the June 2016 and June 2017 conferences, Fellows will be provided meals and lodging (in single, air-conditioned guest rooms on or near the Haverford campus) at no charge. We request that Fellows seek funds for travel to the conference from their home institutions; if there are cases in which that is not possible, we have funds available to assist with travel.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The Fellowship application is available online at https://forms.haverford.edu/view.php?id=169189. Applications are due on April 18, 2016. We will continue reviewing applications until all the Fellowships have been awarded, but applications submitted after that date may not receive full consideration.

Early inquiries are welcome. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us as early as possible to express their interest and discuss their plans. We especially encourage you to contact us if you have ideas about individual activities you might undertake as a Fellow; we would like to offer guidance as you develop those ideas.

To make an inquiry or express your interest in the Fellowships, please email tier@haverford.edu

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information about Project TIER, see: http://www.haverford.edu/TIER


17th Trento Summer School: Intensive course on Macroeconomic Coordination and Externalities

20 June - 1 July, 2016, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Trento, Italy


Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University
Martin Guzman, Columbia University

Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University
Stefano Battiston University of Zurich
Edoardo Gaffeo, University of Trento
Martin Guzman, Columbia University
Daniel Heymann, University of Buenos Aires and University of San Andre s
Arjun Jayadev, University of Massachusetts
Anton Korinek, Johns Hopkins University

Axel Leijonhufvud, UCLA and University of Trento
Enrico Zaninotto, University of Trento

DIRECTOR OF CEEL: Luigi Mittone, University of Trento

DESCRIPTION OF THE SCHOOL: The School will analyze macroeconomic systems of interacting agents. It will discuss the emergence of externalities and instabilities and their implications for policy. Among the topics to be considered are: i) Links between economic structure and macroeconomic performance; ii) Disaggregation as a means for understanding issues of instability and efficiency; iii) Macroeconomic effects of heterogeneous beliefs and expectations; iv) Financial imperfections and credit network effects; their consequences for the propagation of macroeconomic impulses and the intensity of systemic risks.

The course will analyze deep recessions and debt crises and the policies required to deal with them or prevent them.

Students will also have an opportunity to present their own work and receive comments from faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ideal candidates for the School are Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, and newly minted researchers in macroeconomics, finance, and the economics of organizations and institutions.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: People interested in participating in the Summer School are encouraged to fill in the application form on line https://webapps.unitn.it/Apply/en/Web/GoHome/summerschool/17thss

and are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, a two-page essay describing their interest on Macroeconomic coordination and externalities, a course transcript from their PhD program, including advanced examinations passed, two letters of recommendation, and statements about their current or projected research, along with relevant research papers, if any.

Applications are due by Friday 22 April, 2016 (h.1.00 PM - GMT+1). Admissions decisions will be announced by 10 May 2016. All applicants will be informed by e-mail about the results.

The sessions will be held at Hotel Villa Madruzzo, Trento, Italy. All participants are required to stay for the entire duration of the event. Food and accommodation will be covered by the School (except for meals during the weekend) and participants will have to cover travel expenses.

Please direct logistical questions to the Summer School secretary (ccschool@economia.unitn.it).

This is the seventeenth of a series of intensive courses to be offered by the Cognitive Experimental Economics Laboratory (CEEL) with the financial support of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) http://ineteconomics.org