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Midlands Economics Theory and Applications (META)

Several members of CRETA had discussed the possibility of building a cross-University seminar group. The first meeting was at the University of Birmingham in December 2014. The response was so overwhelming that Warwick, the next venue, introduced more speakers and we decided to name this new seminar group Midlands Economics Theory and Applications (META). Following this we were joined by York and Manchester.


Date: Friday 20th October 2017

Local organiser: Herakles Polemarchakis

Location: Radcliffe House
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10.30 - 11.00 - Arrival refreshments & Registration

11.00 - 11.45 - Ángel Hernando-Veciana (University Carlos III de Madrid)
Title: Cheap Talk and Strategic Rounding in Libor Submissions

11.45 - 12.00 - Tea/Coffee break

12.00 - 12.45 - Rui Luo (University of Leicester)
Title: Remittances, Institutions and Poverty: A Theoretical Approach

13.00 - 15.00 - Lunch break (Registered participants only)

15.00 - 15.45 - Costas Cavounidis (University of Warwick)
Title: When Does Information Determine Market Size? Search and Rational Inattention

15.45 - 16.30 - Tea/Coffee break

16.30 - 17.15 - Conrado Cuevas (University of Warwick)
Title: The social value of information in economies with mandatory savings

17.15 - 18.30 - Michael Mandler (Royal Holloway College, University of London)
Title: The benefits of risk with and without competitive markets’

Date: Friday 17th March 2017

Local organisers: Jayasri Dutta & Aditya Goenka

Location: Room: G11 Alan Walters Building
(The building is next to JG Smith Building which is the Economics Department (J20 on map).

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1:00-2:00 Registration/Lunch

2:00 – 2:45 Afrasiab Mirza (Birmingham): Securitization and Aggregate Investment Efficiency

2:45-3:30 Facundo Albornoz (Nottingham) Antisocial Brexit

3:30-3:45 Tea/Coffee Break

3:45-4:30 Indrajit Ray (Cardiff) Testable Restrictions in Market Games

4:30-5:15 Amrita Dhillon (King’s College) Electoral Competition and Corruption: Theory and Evidence from India

6:00 Dinner at al-Faisal, Birmingham

Local Organiser: Leonidas Koutsogeras / leonidas at manchester dot ac dot uk

Date Friday December 16th 2016


12.00-13.00 - Welcome (Arthur Lewis Building ground floor

13.00-14.00 Lunch (Christie's Bistro)

Presentations at University Palace 5.206

Session 1.


14:00-14:30 Mich Tvede (Newcastle) (TBA)

14:30-15:00 Peter Hammond (Warwick) Efficiently Regulated Insurance Markets with Adverse Selection and Many Goods

15:00-15:30 Rui Luo (Leicester) Skill Premium and Technological Change in the very Long Run: 1350-1914

15:30-16:00 Waseem Taurabally (Manchester) (TBA)

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

Chair tba

16:30-17:00 Thanos Andrikopoulos (Hull) Show me your competitors and I will tell you if you are exposed: Market Structure and Foreign Exchange Exposure (with Xenia Dassiou)

17:00-17:30 G. Charles-Cadogan (Leicester) A Regulator’s Exercise of Career Option To Quit and Join A Regulated Firm’s Management with Applications to Financial Institutions (with J. Cole).

17:30-18:00 Fei Xu (Manchester) (TBA)

Date: Friday 8th July 2016

Local organiser: RayI1 at cardiff dot ac dot uk

Here is the link, please click on the registration page to indicate your attendance :


11:00 – Welcome

11:30-12:10 – Ezgi Kaya (Cardiff): Heterogeneous Couples, Household Interactions and Labor Supply Elasticities of Married Women

12:10-12:50 – Maria Kozlovskaya (Huddersfield): Social Value of Information Espionage

12:50-13:45 – Lunch

13:45-14:25 – Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (Birmingham): Manufacturing Extremism: Political Consequences of Profit-Seeking Media (joint work with Kalyan Chatterjee and Jaideep Roy)

14:25-15:15 – Daniel Seidman (Nottingham): Campaign Tactics (joint work with Vincent Anesi)

15:15-15:40 – Coffee

15:40-16:20 – Ricardo Goncalves (Porto): Revenue Sharing Agreements in Regulated Sectors (joint work with Mariana Cunha)

16:20-17:00 – Chris Wallace (Leicester): Persuasion and Pricing: Dynamic Trading with Hard Evidence (joint work with Peter Eso)

18:00-20:00 – Dinner

Date: Friday 18 March 2016

Location: Room W/222, Wentworth College, Heslington (directions and maps)
Please note: Wentworth College is a fifteen minute walk from the Department of Economics and Related Studies which is in Alcuin College.

Local organiser: subir dot chatt at york dot ac dot uk

Provisional programme:

12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch in the Peter Lee Dining Room, The Edge restaurant, Wentworth College
1.30 - 2.00pm Matteo Foschi "Contracting with Type-Dependent Naïveté"
2.00 - 2.30pm Rafael Rossi Silveira "Auction Theory Meets General Equilibrium Effects: Solving a Vickrey Auction Embedded in an Economy"
2.30 - 3.00pm Sanna Laksa "Information and the Value of a Game"
3.00 - 3.30pm Coffee at the Edge bar
3.30 - 4.00pm Makoto Shimoji "Rationalizable Persuasion"
4.00 - 4.30pm Zaifu Yang "Decentralized Random Competitive Dynamic Market Processes"
4.30 - 5.15pm Mauro Bambi "Time Varying Consumption Tax, Productive Government Spending and Aggregate Instability"
5.15 - 6.15pm Jayasri Dutta and Herakles Polemarchakis "Common Knowledge in a Gaussian Model"

Astley Clarke building


12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch  
1.00 - 2.00pm Subir Bose, Leicester Eliciting Ambiguous Beliefs"” (joint work with Arup Daripa)
2.00 - 3.00pm Ludovic Renou, Essex Commitment in Repeated Games with Incomplete Information” (joint work with Tristan Tomala and Claudio Mezzetti)
3.00 - 3.30pm Coffee  
3.30 - 4.00pm Herakles Polemarchakis, Warwick Rational Dialogs
4.00 - 5.00pm Hiroyuki Nakata, Leicester Loan monitoring and bank risk” (joint work with Norvald Instefjord)

June 22, Sir Clive Granger Building


12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch  
1.00 - 2.00pm Niall Hughes, Warwick How Transparency Kills Information Aggregation: Theory and Experiment
2.00 - 3.00pm Maria Montero, Nottingham Focality and Equality-Efficiency Tradeoffs in Bargaining: Experimental Evidence
3.00 - 3.30pm Coffee  
3.30 - 4.30pm Matthias Dahm, Nottingham Credence Goods, Costly Diagnosis, and Subjective Evaluation

Radcliffe House, Monday 23 March 2015


12.30 - 2.00pm Lunch  
2.00 - 3.00pm Giulio Trigilia ,Warwick Optimal Leverage under Asymmetric Information
3.00 - 4.00pm Indrajit Ray, Cardiff Equilibria in a Japanese English Auction with Discrete Bid Levels” (joint work with Ricardo Gonçalves)
4.00 - 4.15pm Tea and coffee  
4.15 - 5.45pm Herakles Polemarchakis & Xinxi Song, Warwick Identification of Beliefs
5.45pm Meeting for organisers  

The first meeting was was an informal set-up discussion that took place in December 2014.