**Topics in Economic Theory, Spring-Summer 2000**

**Ariel Rubinstein**

TAM V'NISHLAM!!!!

We have completed this year 17 meetings. I learnt a lot. I hope you did as well.

It is not clear if and when we will resume the seminar.

Have an enjoyable summer

Ariel

**Participants:**

Name | |

Dudi Dillenberger | dudid@netvision.net.il |

Oren Drori | drorio@post.ac.il |

Kfir Eliaz | eliaz@post.tau.ac.il |

Uri Halperson | urihal@post.tau.ac.il |

Yoram Hamo | yoram@econ.tau.ac.il |

Michal Ilan | michalil@netvision.net.il |

Sigal Leviatan | sigall@math.tau.ac.il |

Shai Nathaniel | ramn@netvision.net.il |

Orit Ronen | rorit@post.tau.ac.il |

Here are some (Tali, Uri, Sigal, Michal, Shai) of the particpants in the seminar in 1999-2000 in a typical position.

**Future Topics **

Number | Topic | Description | References |

1 | The coase Theorem | A critical discussion of this famous paper | Economics and Philosophy October 1999. |

2 | Writing costs and Contract Incompleteness | An attempt to embed BR into contract incompleteness | Battigalli, P. and G. Maggi "Writing Costs and Contract Incompleteness" |

3 | Markets and Complexity | A Model of Markets with complexity considerations. | Sabourian, H. "Bargaining and Markets: complexity and the Walrasian outcome" |

4 | Inflation and Welfare | Apresnetation of a major economic issue. I look for a critical presentation. | Lucas, R. Inflation and Wlefare, Econometrica, 68, 247-274. |

5 | Fair Queuing | Moulin, H. and Stong, R. Fair Queuing and other Probablisitic Al;location Methods, Rice Univ April 2000 | |

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**Previous talks this year:**

Number | Speaker | Topic | References |

1 | Rani | Dynamic Voting | Roberts, K: "Dynamic Voting in Clubs" |

2-3 | Yoram | Entropy | Neyman A. and D.Okada Repeated Games with Bounded Entropy |

4 | Tali | Coase | |

5 | Ariel | Procedural Rat Equilibrium | Games with Procedurally Rational Players, with M.Osborne, American Economic Review 88 (1998), 834-847. |

6 | Orit (2/3) | Logics and GT | Card games: H.P. van Ditmarsch, The logic of knowledge games: showing
a card . In: Proceedings of the Netherlands/Belgium Conference on Artificial
Intelligence (BNAIC 99), 35-42. Maastricht University 1999.
Friedman, D. (1998), Monty Hall's 3 doors:..."AER, 88, 933-946. See http://www.wiskit.com/marilyn/marilyn.html (yoram's suggestion) |

7 | Uri (9/3) | Self control in decision making | Last year we read Gul ,F. and W.pesendorfer "Temptation and self Control" and my suggestion for this year "Self control and the Theory of Consumption" |

8 | Kfir (16/3) | His paper | |

9 | Sigal (30/3) | Newcomb Paradox | Nozick, R. "Newcamb's Problem and two Principles of Choice". |

10 | Oren
(13/4) |
Welfare and Time | Caplin,A. and J.Leahy:
"The optimal suppression of Information" |

11 | Yoram
(4/5) |
Logic and Games | Johan van-Bentham Lecture notes on Logic and Games |

12 | Dudi
(11/5) |
Rany's unified proof of Arrow+Gibbard | Reny, P. "Arrow's Theorem and the Gibbard-Satterwhaite Theorem: A Unified Approach" |

13 | ariel
(18/5) |
On the logic of argumentation in debates | Glazer, K. and A.Rubinstein "Debates and Decisions, On a Rationale of Argumentation Rules" |

14 | Kfir (2/6) | Arguments in debates | Spiegler, Rani "Pro arguments, con arguements..." |

15 | Kfir
(13/7) |
Incomplete contracts with costs | Battigalli, P. and G. Maggi "Writing Costs and Contract Incompleteness". |

16 | Oren D.
(20/7) |
Hyperbolic discounting | "Golden Eggs and Hyperbolic Discounting" - David Laibson, QJE, 1997, 443-77. |

17 | Michal
(10/8) |
Economics and Reciprocity | Fehr,E. and S.Gachter "Fairness and Retaliation: The Economics of Reciprocity" |