Newsletter 209: Apr 16, 2018

The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
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Seminars of Interest at Columbia 

Tuesday April 17th

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 307
Macroeconomics Lunch Group - Xavier Giroud
Title Not Available

12:30pm to 2:00pm - Uris 332
Management Seminar - Christine Beckman (U of MD - Robert H. Smith School of Business)
It Takes Two: Relational boundary work and organizational commitment

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 303 
Marketing Seminar - Vicki Morwitz (NYU)
Consumer Reactions to Drip Pricing

4:00pm to 5:00pm - Jerome L. Greene Science Center
Systems, Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience Seminar Series - Scott Huettel (Duke University)
Integrating Brain and Behavior in Models of Decision Making

4:15pm to 5:45pm - IAB 1101
Money Macro Workshop - George-Marios Angeletos
Myopia and Anchoring (with Zhen Huo)

Wednesday April 18th

2:15pm to 3:45pm - IAB 1101
International Economics Workshop - Keith Head (UBC)
Title Not Available

4:10pm to 5:30pm - Schermerhorn 614
Psychology Department Mamie and Kenneth Clark Memorial Lecture - Michelle Alexander
New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

4:15pm to 5:45pm - 1101 IAB
Applied Microeconomics - Mark Duggan
Title Not Available

Thursday April 19th

12:30pm to 1:45pm - Uris 303 
Marketing Seminar - Stephan Seiler (Stanford University)
Title Not Available 

2:15pm to 3:45pm - Uris 303
Finance Seminar - Jordan Nickerson
Title Not Available

Friday April 20th

10:30am to 12:00pm - TBA
PER Distinguished Lecture Series - Vincent Crawford 
Efficient Mechanisms for Level-k Bilateral Trading, Vincent P. Crawford

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday April 17th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - NYU Psychology Room 551
Social Psychology Brown Bags - Yarrow Dunham (Yale University)
Title Not Available

2:40pm to 4:00pm - 19 W 4th Street Room 517
Neuroeconomics Colloquium - Michael L. Platt (University of Pennsylvania)
The Biology of Strategic Social Decision Making

Article of the Week
What if a nuke goes off in Washington, D.C.? Simulations of artificial societies help planners cope with the unthinkable
When considering extreme disaster scenarios, planners must take into account a seemingly endless number of variables with very few (if any) "real-world" data inputs on which they can reasonably rely. Enter the NPS1 (National Planning Scenario 1), a nuclear attack scenario that was first posited in the 1950s and which has been refined over many decades to adapt to changing conditions and additional research. The NPS1 and similar scenarios employ "agent-based" modeling techniques--ground-up rather than top-down modeling that is based on the predicted actions of the various "agents" impacted by the disaster rather than the employment of a fixed algorithm or equation to predict the consequences of a huge disaster. These models incorporate ideas from a number of disciplines, including economics and psychology, to craft realistic response scenarios for situations ranging from disease outbreaks to earthquakes to hurricanes. These systems are gaining in popularity across various fields as well, with some even predicting their use at an individual level. 

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