Organizing Committee

Co-chair Lars Peter Hansen, University of Chicago

Homer J. Livingston Distinguished Service Professor in Economics.

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978. Co-winner of the Frisch Prize Medal, 1984; John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1996; Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 1998; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1999.
Research: Time series econometrics; quantitative analysis of dynamic equilibrium models; asset pricing.

Co-chair Kenneth Judd, Hoover Institution

Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace .

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1980.  Alfred E. Sloan Fellowship, 1985. Fellow of the Econometric Society; Elected, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2003.
Research: Economics of taxation, tax policy, antitrust issues, imperfect competition, and mathematical economics and developing computational methods for economic modeling.

Co-chair Jorge Moré, Argonne National Laboratory

Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science Division.

Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1970.
Research: Development of algorithms and software for large-scale optimization problems – in particular, optimization environments, optimization software for high-performance computers, optimization problems in molecular modeling, economic equilibrium and global optimization.

Committee Affiliates


James J. Heckman, University of Chicago

Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971. John Bates Clark Medal Winner, 1983; Member, National Academy of Sciences since 1992; Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, 2000. Director, Economics Research Center, Department of Economics; and Director, Center for Social Program Evaluation, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies since 1973.
Research: Evaluation of social programs; econometric models of discrete choice and longitudinal data; the economics of the labor market; alternative models of the distribution of income; public economics; regulation and policy reform of income inequality; the economics of the life cycle of skill formation; hedonic models and pricing of heterogeneous goods and characteristics; heterogeneity in general equilibrium models.


Sven Leyffer, Argonne National Laboratory

Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science Division

Ph.D., University of Dundee, 1994. Vice-chair INFORMS Optimization Society, 2004; Program Director, SIAM Activity Group on Optimization, 2004.
Research: Mathematical Programs with Equilibrium Constraints, Large Scale Nonlinear Programming, Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming, Branch-and-bound for Mixed Integer Quadratic Programming


Todd Munson, Argonne National Laboratory

Scientist, Mathematics and Computer Science Division

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2000. Enrico Fermi Scholar, 2000. Beale-Orchard-Hayes Prize, 2003.
Research: Algorithms and applications of optimization and complementarity. Utilizing constrained nonlinear optimization techniques to compute mountain passes, critical points where the Hessian has exactly one negative eigenvalue. Application of optimization to the r-refinement problem, a large nonlinear, nonconvex, optimization problem. Special purpose algorithms for solving support vector machine and mesh shape-quality optimization problems.



Robert Townsend, University of Chicago

The Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, University of Chicago

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1975. Frisch Prize Medal Winner 1998.
: Contract theory and mechanism design; risk and insurance; village economies, micro credit, micro foundations of macro economics; evaluation of financial systems in developing countries, banking.


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