Monday, August 28, 12:30 - 13:45  
Marshall Lecture: Xavier Gabaix, Harvard University, CEPR and NBER
Title : Economic Networks: New Models, Facts, and Identification Methods
Chair: Jan Eeckhout, (Universitat Pompeu Fabra (ICREA-BSE))
Award Presentation: MinE Best Paper Award

Wednesday, August 30, 11:00 - 12:15
Presidential Address: Maristella Botticini, Bocconi University, Milan, & CEPR
Title : TBA
Chair: Jordi Galí, CREI Senior Researcher, UPF Professor and Barcelona School of Economics Research Professor)
Award Presentation: Yrjö Jahnsson Award & Role Models in Economics Award

Thursday, August 31, 11:00 - 12:15
Schumpeter Lecture: Itzhak Gilboa, HEC, Paris and Tel-Aviv University
Title : Reasoning in the Face of Uncertainty
How should we reason about uncertainty in the absence of objective probabilities?  The common approach in economic theory is that the rational way to deal with such situations is Bayesian: using subjective probabilities when objective ones are not given and cannot be estimated.  We take issue with this view, arguing that it is sometimes more rational to admit that we do not know a distribution than to pretend we do.  Taking this viewpoint, one is faced with the question, what is a rational way to select a set of distributions, given a database of observations?  We offer an axiomatic approach to this selection problem, yielding likelihood regions: sets of distributions that are monotonic with respect to the likelihood function.  Starting with an abstract set of theories, we propose conditions on choice functions (across different databases) for which there exists a statistical model such that the choice function is a likelihood region relative to that model -- for the general case and for the case of a fixed likelihood-ratio threshold.  We interpret the results as supporting the notion of likelihood regions for the selection of theories.
Chair: Andreu Mas-Colell, UPF Emeritus Professor and Barcelona School of Economics Emeritus Research Professor 
Award Presentation: Young Economist Award 


Tuesday, August 28, 11:00 - 12:15
JJ Laffont Lecture: Joel Sobel, UCSD
Title : TBA
Chair: Antonio Cabrales, Universidad Carlos III Madrid

Tuesday, August 29, 16:30 - 17:45
Presidential Address: Rosa Matzkin, UCLA
Title : TBA
Chair: Guido Tabellini, Bocconi University, Milan
Award Presentation: ESEM awards for the best applied papers by young researchers

Thursday, August 30, 16:30 - 17:45
Fisher-Schultz Lecture: Whitney Newey (MIT)
Title : TBA
Chair: Ivan Fernandez-Val, Boston University