Call for Papers

Deadline for applications: 6 PM (GMT) Friday 27 January 2023


European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory 2023


Hosted by the Study Center Gerzensee (Foundation of the Swiss National Bank)


Gerzensee, Switzerland, Monday 3 July - Friday 14 July 2023


On behalf of the Organising Committee, we write to invite you to the 30th European Summer Symposium in Economic Theory (ESSET), which will take place from 3 – 14 July 2023.


ESSET 2023 will be devoted to "Challenges in Organizations" and "The Economics of Networks".


The first week (3 – 7 July) will be organised by Sylvain Chassang (Princeton and CEPR), Robert Gibbons (MIT and CEPR), Gilat Levy (London School of Economics and CEPR) and Michael Powell (Northwestern) around the theme of ‘Challenges in Organizations’. Focus session speakers confirmed for the first week are: Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania and CEPR), Andreas Blume (University of Arizona and CEPR), Dana Foarta (Stanford and CEPR), Alex Frug (U. Pompeu Fabra), Robert Gibbons (MIT and CEPR), Philippe Jehiel (Paris School of Economics, UCL and CEPR), Andrea Prat (Columbia and CEPR) and Paula Onuchic (Oxford) with more to be announced.


The second week (10 - 14 July) will be organised by Mohammad Akbarpour (Stanford), Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania and CEPR) and Sanjeev Goyal (Cambridge and NYUAD) around the theme of ‘The Economics of Networks’. Focus session speakers confirmed for the second week are: Matthew Elliott (Cambridge), Maryam Farboodi (MIT and CEPR), Sanjeev Goyal (Cambridge and NYUAD), Matthew Jackson (Stanford) and Stephen Morris (MIT and CEPR) with more to be announced.


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.


In recent years, the workshops have been on:


2022:    Credible Mechanisms organized by Vasiliki Skreta and Joel Sobel with focus sessions by Mohammad Akbarpour, Sarah Auster, Tilman Börgers, Laura Doval, Songzi Du, Shengwu Li, Mallesh Pai and Marek Pycia.


Value and Cost of Information Gathering and Processing organized by Emir Kamenica and Stephen Morris with focus sessions by Balazs Szentes, Dirk Bergemann, Yeon-Koo Che, Andrew Caplin, George-Marios Angeletos, Jennifer La'O and Weijie Zhong.


2019:    Advances in Behavioral Theory organized by Aislinn Bohren and Philipp Strack with focus sessions by  Mira Frick, Daniel Gottlieb, Yusufcan Masatlioglu, and Kareen Rozen.


Information, Learning, and Markets organized by Yeon-Koo Che and Johannes Horner with focus sessions by Alessandro Bonatti, Hugo Hopenhayn, George Mailath, Ilya Segal, Juuso Välimäki, and Nicolas Vieille.


2018:    Markets for Information organized by Dirk Bergemann, Alessandro Bonatti and Xavier Vives with focus sessions by Yeon-Koo Che, Bruno Jullien, Emir Kamenica, Alessandro Pava, Mike Riordan, and Andy Skrzypacz.


Misspecified Models organized by Pietro Ortoleva and Andrea Prat with focus sessions by Sylvain Chassang, Botond Köszegi, George Mailath, Larry Samuelson, and Ran Spiegler.


In addition to the focus sessions there will be a number of additional 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.


Participants may stay for the entire two-week period, arriving on Sunday 2 July and departing on Friday 14 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). Slots at ESSET are in high demand. Participants are expected to make full use of them by being present for the whole duration of the conference---shorter stays are not in the spirit of this conference.  (Note that there are no seminars over the middle weekend.) Please indicate in your response whether you would like 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 on the event webpage.


Travel funds for this meeting are not available 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).


Places will be strictly limited and priority will be given to those who respond by by 6 PM (GMT) on Friday 27 January 2023. If there are any places remaining once these have been allocated to those who have responded by the first deadline, applicants can still respond by no later than 6 PM (GMT) Friday 1 March 2023.


To apply, please visit the call for papers webpage and indicate whether or not you wish to present a paper. If you would like to present a paper at ESSET 2023, 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.


If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Skyler Gomez at [email protected] and Despoina Chatzilari at [email protected] for assistance with the subject header ‘ESSET 2023’.


ESSET 2023 Organisers:

Scientific Coordinator: Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania and CEPR)

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


Week 1: Sylvain Chassang (Princeton and CEPR), Robert Gibbons (MIT and CEPR), Gilat Levy (London School of Economics and CEPR) and Michael Powell (Northwestern)

Week 2: Mohammad Akbarpour (Stanford), Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania and CEPR)

and Sanjeev Goyal (Cambridge)


Standing Organising Committee for ESSET: 

Aislinn Bohren (University of Pennsylvania and CEPR)

Sylvain Chassang (Princeton University and CEPR)

Johannes Hörner (Yale University and CEPR)

Emir Kamenica (University of Chicago and CEPR)

Margaret Meyer (Oxford University and CEPR)

Stephen Morris (MIT and CEPR)

Pietro Ortoleva (Princeton University)

Marco Ottaviani (Bocconi University and CEPR)

Andrea Prat (Columbia University and CEPR)

Vasiliki Skreta (UT Austin, UCL and CEPR)

Joel Sobel (UCSD)

Dezsö Szalay (University of Bonn and CEPR)

Xavier Vives (IESE Business School, Barcelona and CEPR)

Lucy White (Boston University and CEPR)