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Newsletter 22: Sep 13, 2010

Subject: CDS Weekly newsletter


Welcome back!  The Center for Decision Sciences hopes that everyone had an enjoyable and productive summer.  This week’s newsletter provides the usual listing of next week’s seminars as well as a look ahead to other events this semester.  As always, we encourage suggestions for how to improve this newsletter; in particular, we ask members of the Columbia decision sciences community to submit working papers or in press research to enlighten your colleagues as to your recent work. 


Fall Lectures sponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences


Please mark the following dates on your calendar.  All talks are tentatively scheduled for Uris Hall 303:


Sept. 23        Armin Falk (University of Bonn)

(5:15)            “Determinants, origins and consequences of preferences”


Sept. 30        Shinobu Kitayama (University of Michigan)

(5:15)          “Culture, Self, and Dissonance: Neural Mechanisms of Choice Justification”


Nov. 18        Robert Frank (Cornell)

(5.45)            “The Libertarian Welfare State”

(co-sponsored by Social Enterprise Program)


Symposium on Culture


On Friday, October 1,from 9.30 until 4.30, the CDS will be hosting a conference entitled “Emerging Perspectives on Culture: A Symposium on Constructivist Processing and the Impact of Culture on Human Judgment and Decision Makin.” This event is designed for a select group of leading scholars studying culture and decision making to share their latest research with their peers.  While we have room for a limited number of observers, please be aware that we have asked the presenters to aim their talks at a sophisticated and knowledgeable audience.  If you are interested in attending this event, you may request an invitation by e-mailing   


Upcoming seminars of potential interest at Columbia


Monday, September 13


12.10-1.30, Schermerhorn 200C (Psych Dept Cognitive Lunch)

 Jonathan Levav, (Columbia Business School)

"Sequential Decisions"


2.30-4.00, IAB 1101 (Economic Theory Workshop)

Ran Spiegler (University College London)

Price Competition under Limited Comparability” (with Michele Piccione)


Tuesday, September 14


2:15-3:45, Uris 306 (I.O., Organizations, and Strategy)

Ernst Fehr (University of Zurich)

 "The Lure of Authority -- Motivation and Incentive Effects of Power" (with Holger Herz and Tom Wilkening).


4:15-5:45, IAB 1101 (Money Macro Workshop)

Roozbeh Hosseini (Arizona State University)
“Adverse Selection in the Annuity Market and the Role for Social Security”


Thursday, September 16


12.30-2.00, Uris Hall 332 (Finance Division Seminar; NOTE that this is not this seminar’s usual time)

Jeremy Stein (Harvard)

Monetary Policy as Financial-Stability Regulation


4:15-5:45, IAB 1101 (Applied Microeconomics Seminar; NOTE that this is not this seminar’s usual day)

Mark Rosensweig (Yale)
Title TBA


Upcoming seminars of potential interest at NYU


Monday, September 13


4.15-?, 19 W. 4th St. Room 507 (Applied Microeconomics Workshop)

Amil Petrin (Minnesota)

"The Interaction of Observed and Unobserved Factors in Discrete Choice Demand Models"



Tuesday, September 14


4.00-5.00, 44 West 4th Street, KMC 7-191 (Industrial Organization seminar)

Joel Watson (UC - San Diego)

"A Theory of Disagreement in Repeated Games with Renegotiation"


Weblink of the week


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