Conferences - Seminars

01JUN
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  09:00-17:00 ODY 0 03

If you are an undergraduate, masters or PhD student currently enrolled in any program at EPFL we invite you to register to the next session which will take place on Friday June 1st at the College of Management. You will be challenged to use the Design Thinking methodology to propose solutions to accelerate the reduction ... Read more about "Design Thinking Olympics"
By Div.
01JUN
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  10:30-12:00 Unil, Extranef building, room 126

This paper studies a modern monetary economy: trade in both goods and securities relies on money provided by intermediaries. While money is valued for its liquidity, its creation requires costly leverage. Inflation, security prices and the transmission of monetary policy then depend on the institutional details of the payment system. The price of a security ... Read more about "Payments, Credit and Asset Prices"
By Monika PIAZZESI (Stanford University)
07JUN
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  12:00-13:00 Unil, Extranef building, room 118

The rise of crypto currencies, notably bitcoin, fuels new and old debates about money. This paper discusses attempts of so-called stablecoins to complement or replace fiat money. In so doing, we first review today’s endogenous and debt-backed money. Second, we analyze how stablecoins try to overcome the inherent speculative and deflationary design of fixed supply ... Read more about "The Holy Grail of Crypto Currencies: Ready to replace fiat money?"
By Richard Senner (PhD candidate ETHZ)
08JUN
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By Kenneth Ahern (USC Marshall School of Business)
11JUN
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  10:30-12:00 Unil, Extranef building, room 126

We propose a dynamic general equilibrium model of exchange rate determination, which simultaneously accounts for all major puzzles associated with nominal and real exchange rates. This includes the Meese-Rogoff disconnect puzzle, the PPP puzzle, the terms-of-trade puzzle, the Backus-Smith puzzle, and the UIP puzzle. The model has two main building blocks — the driving force ... Read more about "Exchange Rate Disconnect in General Equilibrium"
By Oleg ITSKHOKI (Princeton University)
13JUN
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  15:00-16:30 ODY 4 03

"Robust retrofitting planning under endogenous uncertainty" Abstract Retrofitting planning aims to strengthen strategic links in an infrastructure network, which is subject to failures due to disasters. The main focuses are network connectivity and post-disaster travel costs. In this talk, we propose a robust optimization framework to handle distributional ambiguity of decision-dependent random link failures in ... Read more about "Seminar by Prof. Xuan Vinh Doan, The University of Warwick"
15JUN
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  12:00-13:30 ODY 4 03

"Using Massive Online Choice Experiments to Measure Changes in Well-being" Abstract GDP and derived metrics (e.g., productivity) have been central to understanding economic progress and well-being. In principle, the change in consumer surplus (compensating expenditure) provides a superior, and more direct, measure of the change in well-being, especially for digital goods, but in practice, it ... Read more about "Seminar by Avi Gannamaneni, MIT"