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Complexity & Economics

A workshop on complexity in economic theory and practice

Apr 25–27, 2016 Download .ics

Toronto, Canada | The Fields Institute

We live in a complex world with complex economic and financial relations. This YSI workshop introduces theoretical and applied approaches to economic problems to enable graduate and PhD students with new and innovative ideas and methods for their own economics related research.

The Fields Institute and the YSI Complexity Economics Working Group are pleased to announce their workshop “Complexity and Economics”, and would like to invite all interested young researchers from the fields of economics and related fields to apply.

The workshop is targeted mainly, but not exclusively, at graduate and PhD students with an interest in complexity theory and its application to economic problems. It will take place at The Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada, April 26-28, 2016.

The program of the workshop consists of two main parts. The first part, held by David C. Colander (Middlebury College, USA), introduces participants into complexity as a concept, and provides them with a base understanding of how it differs from more traditional economic modelling and thinking. The second part, held by Igor Nikolic (TU Delft, Netherlands), consists of applied coursework with a focus on agent-based modelling.

A limited number of participants will have the opportunity to present their own research in young scholar presentations during the workshop.

Applications to take part in the workshop can be submitted here. All candidates should be prepared to submit their Curriculum Vitae, a brief statement of their research interest and motivation, and – if applicable – an abstract of the paper they would like to present by March 10th. Applications beyond this date may still be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by March 14th.

The participation fee for the workshop is USD 25. Unfortunately, The Fields Institute and YSI cannot offer funding opportunities for travel and lodging.

Preliminary Schedule

April 26, 9:00 am to 17:00 pm

  • Registration and Welcome
  • Lecture 1, David Colander
  • Lunch
  • Lecture 2, David Colander
  • Coffee Break
  • Lecture 3, David Colander

April 27, 9:00 am to 17:00 pm

  • Lecture 4, David Colander
  • Lunch
  • Young Scholar Presentations
  • Coffee Break
  • Lecture 1, Igor Nikolic

April 28, 9:00 am to 16:00 pm

  • Lecture 2, Igor Nikolic
  • Lunch
  • Lecture 3, Igor Nikolic
  • Coffee Break and Farewell
Note: Although Igor Nikolic has only three lecture slots assigned, the net time of both speakers will be approximately equal.

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  • David Colander

    Christian A Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics, Middlebury College

  • Igor Nikolic

    Associate Professor, Energy and Industry group Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management faculty, Delft University of Technology