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We study how a profit-maximizing platform designs and prices certificates for workers who subsequently enter a competitive labor market. The platform designs a test, which generates a (possibly random) score based on each worker’s productivity, and sets a uniform fee that it charges each worker who wishes to disclose her score to firms. After observing the worker’s disclosure (if any), the labor market pays a wage that equals the worker’s expected productivity given all available information. We show that if the platform can select equilibria, it can extract all of the surplus by using two scores. In contrast, if the workers choose their most preferred equilibrium, then even with binary types the platform optimally uses a continuum of scores and higher scores appear exponentially more than the lower scores.

 

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AIM & FOCUS AREAS

Data is one of the major assets of the future. Making sense of the huge amount of available data will create enormous opportunities. Data can range from natural language documents, to network traffic, to logs of system behavior. The world-class invited speakers of this summer school share their knowledge and experience on different aspects of these compelling challenges, including natural language processing, machine learning and model learning, using machine learning for the design of cyber-physical systems and data security and privacy.

 

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Iran is the largest economy in the world that is still outside the World Trade Organization. What are the gains and challenges of integrating to the world economy for the Iranian consumers and producers? How would labor markets and consequently political parties respond to international trade?

To answer these policy questions, it is imperative to understand the global economy and its institutions from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The objective of this summer school is to bring interested Iranian scholars up to speed with the advancements in International Trade Theory with an emphasis on “Tariff Wars” and “Political Polarization”. It will also briefly review models used and developed by modern trade economists to measure the effects of different policy schemes.

 

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Network-based systems are an essential part of the modern life: we depend on complex systems in different scales from small embedded mobile devices connected to the Internet to large distributed computer systems. Performance, correctness, security, and dependability of these systems are of vital importance for the today’s modern society. The world-class invited speakers of this summer school share their knowledge and experience on different aspects of these compelling challenges, including real-time analysis of network traffic, software-defined networking and conformance testing for communicating systems.

 

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Big Data Economics summer school aims to address the theoretical, computational and statistical underpinnings of big data analysis through a series of talks from leading academic experts. The focus will be the econometric models and novel machine learning techniques to manipulate and analyze the big data and their Implications in research focusing on interesting economic questions that arise from considering the rapid changes in data availability and computational technology. With the rise of big data and the very real opportunities that machine learning now brings, there is no better time to find out how novel techniques can be used for economic research.

 

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The new distributed data structures (e.g. blockchains) and digital assets (e.g. cryptocurrencies) will foster novel services, business models and applications in the next years. These technologies can provide an automated and secure transaction infrastructure for next generation of smart systems while the voluntary user participation to the mining of cryptocurrencies could permit the development of new distributed services that offers an alternative to the advertisement-based revenue system used by most of the “free services” that are currently available. The Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies’ summer school on Economics of Cryptocurrencies aims at gathering together researchers and practitioners to focus on the new challenges posed by the cryptocurrencies with emphasis on economic aspect of it.

 

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The Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies’ summer school on “Energy and Environmental Economics” takes an interdisciplinary approach to the socioeconomic dimensions of energy and environment. On one hand, energy supply and security are important issues nowadays for policymakers. On the other hand, environmentally friendly decisions are not luxury anymore. Evidence-based policy making in this area needs to be supported by research that is conducted at high level standards. This school covers a broad range of topics helping audience to have a better overview on the state of the art research. Tutorials will be given by renowned professors in the fields of climate change and global warming, regulation and pricing, environmental policy, energy and environmental law, political economy of energy, and empirical analysis of energy markets.

 

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Concurrency is an ever-increasing trend in designing and implementing computer systems. However, their analysis is notoriously challenging due to the combinatorial explosion of their state-spaces. Ad-hoc and manual techniques come short of making any substantial claim regarding quality and correctness of such systems. This school addresses this challenge by presenting a rigorous and expressive modeling framework for specifying such systems and an arsenal of verification techniques to efficiently verify their correctness. We report on several case studies where these techniques have been effectively applied and how they have affected the quality of concurrent and communicating system designs.

 

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Iran is the largest economy in the world that is still outside the World Trade Organization. What are the gains and challenges of integrating to the world economy for the Iranian consumers and producers? To answer these policy questions, it is imperative to understand the global economy and its institutions from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The objective of this workshop is to bring interested Iranian scholars up to speed with the advances in International Trade Theory with an emphasis on Commercial Policy and Trade Agreements. It will cover topics including modern models of international trade, the global supply chain, and the purpose and the design of trade agreements.

 

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About

Cyber-physical systems (CPSs) are the result of THE omnipresent and massive integration of connected computer systems with the physical world. As such, their design and development involves a range of disciplines from mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, to control engineering and robotics, to computer science and informatics. Our school is designed to cover a range of topics touching upon different aspects of CPS design and development for our target audience with various backgrounds. Our speakers are without exception world-renowned leading researchers with complementary expertise.

 

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n this workshop, we will discuss foundations and applications of of auction and matching market. We will first cover two theoretical pillars of modern market design: the theory of stable matching and the Vickery-Clark- Grove mechanism.

 

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Short Course

Overview

Convex optimization has emerged as useful tool for applications that include data analysis and model fitting, resource allocation, engineering design, network design and optimization, finance, and control and signal processing. We start with an overview of optimization in general, focusing on convex optimization in particular. We then cover constructive convex analysis and disciplined convex programming, the basis for several software packages for convex optimization, including CVX and CVXPY. Finally, we address several applications in finance, data fitting, and advertising. This is based on the short course offered by Stephen Boyd and his group on different occasion.

 

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Overview

This course offers a graduate level introduction to the field of Household Finance. In addition to providing an overview on the reasons behind the emergence of the field and important stylized facts, the course focuses in depth on selected topics, in particular, the determinants of households’ allocation of wealth in general and risky assets in particular and the consequences of debt and asset holding.

 

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The course aims to introduce students to the key economic questions raised by commodities from both financial and macroeconomic perspectives, going from Prebish-Singer hypothesis or commodity currencies to gold hedging properties and financialization of commodity markets. The second objective of the course is to learn the standard and advanced empirical strategies specifically designed for each of these issues. The econometric tools include non-stationary tests, co-integration models, GARCH family models, dynamic correlation models and panel fixed effects models.

 

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Overview

This lecture series offers an overview of the recent developments in the New Keynesian approach to macroeconomics. The aim is to provide students with the insights of the New Keynesian models, some of which have overturned the conventional understandings of how various factors influence macroeconomic dynamics. A key focus of the discussion will be on the interactions of fiscal and monetary policies in shaping macroeconomic dynamics. The overview is also meant to familiarize students with potential areas of research in this field.

 

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Overview

Information design studies information disclosure policies and their effects on the payoffs of senders and receivers of information. In this short course, we provide an overview of information design, with an eye towards more applied work.We start with Bayesian Persuasion, which presented a framework for studying information design (Kamenica and Gentzkow, 2011). We then study two applications to markets. First, we study how a seller’s ability to price discriminate based on observable characteristics of consumers affects producer and consumer surplus (Bergemann, Brooks, and Morris, 2015). Second, we discuss whether or not consumers benefit from knowing their own preferences (Roesler and Szentes, 2017).

 

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The goal this course is provide the students with essentials of macroeconomic theories and stylized facts to understand and interpret key topics in macroeconomics. The course is designed to serve as part the foundation for a high quality master’s level program in economics. It is intended to help master’s level students who have relatively limited background in economics prepare themselves for an economics PhD program or for professional positions that require solid economic training. Learning the material in this course should enable the students to assess their macroeconomic environment for personal, professional, and public purposes.

 

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The goal this course is provide the students with essentials of macroeconomic theories and stylized facts to understand and interpret key topics in macroeconomics. The course is designed to serve as part the foundation for a high quality master’s level program in economics. It is intended to help master’s level students who have relatively limited background in economics prepare themselves for an economics PhD program or for professional positions that require solid economic training. Learning the material in this course should enable the students to assess their macroeconomic environment for personal, professional, and public purposes.

 

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Abstract

The goal this course is provide the students with essentials of macroeconomic theories and stylized facts to understand and interpret key topics in macroeconomics. The course is designed to serve as part the foundation for a high quality master’s level program in economics. It is intended to help master’s level students who have relatively limited background in economics prepare themselves for an economics PhD program or for professional positions that require solid economic training. Learning the material in this course should enable the students to assess their macroeconomic environment for personal, professional, and public purposes.

 

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Teias Short Course

Information Design

Lecture by Dr. Saman Darougheh

  • Date:
    Dec 22 2018
  • Time:
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Location:
    Khatam University
  • Registration
    Email [email protected]

Overview: 

 

Information design studies information disclosure policies and their effects on the payoffs of senders and receivers of information. In this short course, we provide an overview of information design, with an eye towards more applied work.We start with Bayesian Persuasion, which presented a framework for studying information design (Kamenica and Gentzkow, 2011). We then study two applications to markets. First, we study how a seller’s ability to price discriminate based on observable  characteristics of consumers affects producer and consumer surplus (Bergemann, Brooks, and Morris, 2015). Second, we discuss whether or not consumers benefit from knowing their own preferences (Roesler and Szentes, 2017).

Biography: 

 

Nima Haghpanah is an assistant professor of Economics at Pennsylvania State University.   Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral associate at MIT CSAIL and Sloan School of Management. He obtained his PhD in 2014 from Northwestern University.  His dissertation was on optimal multi-parameter auctions, and his research interests are mechanism design, auction design, and game theory. Nima has received a best dissertation award from Northwestern University, and a graduate fellowship from the Simons Foundation.

Schedule: 

8:30 – 10:00
Plan A
 
10:00 – 11:00
Plab B
 
12:00 – 14:00
Plan C
 
8:30 – 10:00
Plan A
 
10:00 – 11:00
Plab B
 
12:00 – 14:00
Plan C