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On behalf of the Organising Committee, we write to invite you to the 29th European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory (ESSET), which will take place from 4 – 15 July 2022

ESSET 2022, is retaining the focus of the postponed 2020 edition and will be devoted to "Value and Cost of Information Gathering and Processing", and "Credible Mechanisms".
Focus sessions in the first week (4 – 8 July) will be organised by Vasiliki Skreta (UT Austin, UCL and CEPR) and Joel Sobel (UC San Diego) around the theme of ‘Credible Mechanisms’.
Focus session speakers confirmed for the first week include: Mohammad Akbarpour (Stanford University), Sarah Auster (University of Mannheim, Bocconi University and IGIER), Tilman Börgers (University of Michigan), Laura Doval (California Institute of Technology), Songzi Du (UC San Diego), Shengwu Li (Harvard University), Mallesh Pai (Rice University) and Marek Pycia (University of Zürich and CEPR).  

Focus sessions in the second week (11 - 15 July) will be organised by Emir Kamenica (The University of Chicago Booth School of Business) and Stephen Morris (MIT) and around the theme of ‘Value and Cost of Information Gathering and Processing’.
Focus session speakers confirmed for the second week are: Balazs Szentes, (London School of Economics), Dirk Bergemann, (Yale University and CEPR), Yeon-Koo Che (Columbia University), Andrew Caplin (New York University), George-Marios Angeletos (MIT),
 Jennifer La'O (Columbia University) and Weijie Zhong (Stanford).

In addition to the focus sessions there will be a number of seminars. Typically, when no focus session is scheduled for the day, a 'compulsory' seminar or two in the morning and parallel evening seminars will be held. This schedule should give participants plenty of spare time to interact and collaborate with one another, and to pursue their own research. Although most invitees have been selected on the basis of their interest in this year's themes, the additional seminars need not strictly fall under one of these headings.

Every year since 1992, ESSET has brought together fifty economists for two weeks at the Study Center Gerzensee in Switzerland. The Symposium is organised by CEPR jointly with the Study Center Gerzensee, a foundation of the Swiss National Bank. Each year, the focal points of ESSET are a small number of special workshops that determine the broad themes of the symposium.

Participants may stay for the entire two-week period, arriving on Sunday 3 July and departing on Friday 15 July (although note the costs to stay over the middle weekend must be covered by the participants themselves). Alternatively, they may attend for one week only (arriving on a Sunday and departing on a Friday).  Shorter stays are not in the spirit of this conference and are hence discouraged.  (Note that there are no seminars over the middle weekend.) Please indicate in your response whether you plan to attend for Week 1, Week 2, or both.
The facilities at the Study Center Gerzensee are outstanding. In addition to seminar rooms and an auditorium, there are group rooms, computer facilities, a library and a reading room. The Study Center Gerzensee is housed in a converted manor house built around 1700 on the fringes of Gerzensee. It is situated in the heart of one of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland, the Bernese Oberland, and within easy reach of the Jungfrau and the Eiger. The Centre has numerous leisure facilities, including an exercise room, tennis courts and a games room. There is a lake in which it is possible to swim and a swimming pool in one of the neighbouring villages.
Food and accommodation (checking in on Sunday and out on Friday only) are provided free of charge to participants thanks to the generosity of the Study Center Gerzensee. Please note that additional nights are at the participants' own expense and that no meals (except for breakfast) are provided over the middle weekend. Space is allocated first to academic participants, but subject to the availability of rooms, spouses/partners can be accommodated at a charge to cover costs. There is only limited accommodation available for children, and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A price list for spouses and children can be found here

Travel funds for this meeting are extremely scarce and therefore we ask all participants to source their own funding to cover the expenses of flights and ground transportation to Bern / Gerzensee (there is a limited shuttle service provided by the Study Center Gerzensee from / to Bern train station). 
If a participant has absolutely no funding locally, any travel funds we are able to allocate (once the list of participants has been finalised) will be based according to CEPR travel guidelines.

Places will be strictly limited and priority will be given to those who respond by 6 PM (GMT) on Monday 20 February 2022

To apply:

If you would like to present a paper at ESSET 2022, please upload a provisional draft (or at least a one-page abstract) online. Please note that due to natural time restrictions and the large number of paper proposals, it will not be possible to include all papers submitted in the programme.

Authors who are CEPR affiliated or already have a CEPR profile can upload their submission by:
1) Log in on the CEPR portal online at
2) Go to
3) If you are a member of the OE program area click on "Change registration details", complete the requested information and click "Submit information".
4) If you have a CEPR profile, click on "Step 1: Apply" and complete the requested information and click "Register"

To Register an interest in attending ESSET 2022 without submitting a paper, please complete the registration form found here:
Please note if you have submitted a paper you do not need complete the form linked above. 

If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Lydia Williams, CEPR Events Officer at l
[email protected] for assistance with the subject header ‘ESSET 2022’.

Yours sincerely,

ESSET 2022 Organisers:

Scientific coordinators: Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania and CEPR) and Dezsö Szalay (University of Bonn and CEPR)

Chair of the Organising Committee: Andrea Prat (Columbia University and CEPR)

Week 1: Vasiliki Skreta (UT Austin, UCL and CEPR) and Joel Sobel (UC San Diego)
Week 2: Emir Kamenica (The University of Chicago Booth School of Business) and Stephen Morris (MIT)

Organising Committee: 
Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania and CEPR)
Sylvain Chassang (New York University)
Johannes Hörner (Yale University and CEPR)
Emir Kamenica (University of Chicago)
Margaret Meyer (Oxford University and CEPR)
Stephen Morris (MIT)
Dirk Niepelt (Study Center Gerzensee and CEPR)
Pietro Ortoleva (Princeton University)
Marco Ottaviani (Bocconi University and CEPR)
Andrea Prat (Columbia University and CEPR)
Joel Sobel (UCSD)
Xavier Vives (IESE Business School, Barcelona and CEPR)
Lucy White (Boston University and CEPR)