Each year since 1992, ESSET has brought together fifty economists for two weeks at the Studienzentrum Gerzensee in Switzerland. The Symposium is organised by CEPR jointly with the Studienzentrum, 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:
2011: Asset Pricing, Financial Stability, and the Crisis (Patrick Bolton and Xavier Vives)
Financial Intermediation, Regulation and the Crisis (Margaret Meyer)
2010: Market and Mechanism Design (Christian Hellwig, Dezsö Szalay and Juuso Välimäki)
New Directions in the Theory of Choice (Ran Spiegler)
2009: The Subprime Innovation, the Housing Bust and the Financial Crisis: What
Happened? What Next? (François Ortalo-Magné and Sven Rady)
International Conflict, Bargaining, and War (Matthew Jackson)
2008: Communication and Decisions in Organizations (Luis Garicano)
Contracts and Rationality (Patrick Bolton)
ESSET 2012 will be devoted to Matching and Communication and Information.
Focus sessions in the first week (2-6 July) will be organised around the theme of Matching and will involve Benny Moldovanu, Hector Chade, Georg Nöldeke and others to be confirmed.
Focus sessions in the second week (9-13 July) will be organised around the theme of Communication and Information and will involve Willie Fuchs, Johannes Hörner, In-Uck Park, and Moritz Meyer-ter-Vehn.
ESSET 2012 will be organised by Jan Eeckhout, Leonardo Felli, Marco Ottaviani and Dezsö Szalay, and the standing organising committee for ESSET consists of Leonardo Felli (chair), Christian Hellwig, Matthew Jackson, Margaret Meyer, Dirk Niepelt, Andrea Prat, Sven Rady, Patrick Rey, Ran Spiegler, Dezsö Szalay, Juuso Välimäki, Timothy Van Zandt, Xavier Vives and Lucy White.
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.