2008-09 Seminar Series

Calit2 is sponsoring second year of this popular lecture series bringing together social and behavioral sciences with computer science. The goal of the Behavioral, Social and Computer Sciences Seminar Series (BSCS3) is to promote the development of theory and experiments that apply the theories and methodologies of computer science together with the theories and methodologies of the social and behavioral sciences. The research tools are drawn from discrete algorithms, artificial intelligence and agent-based modeling, game theory, linear programming and duality, theory of communication, networks, discrete optimization, mathematical economics, econometrics, brain and behavioral experiments. This multidisciplinary series is unique in that each speaker spends the day at UC San Diego and is available for meetings and discussions with interested faculty and graduate students throughout the day.

Tenth lecture:
Studying Strategic Thinking Experimentally by Monitoring Search for Hidden Payoff Information
Vincent Crawford, UC San Diego
Professor of Economics
Date: June 10th, 2009
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego


This talk concerns experiments that study strategic thinking by eliciting subjects' initial responses to series of different but related games, while monitoring and analyzing the patterns of subjects' searches for hidden but freely accessible payoff information along with their decisions. The talk is based on three papers:

Costa-Gomes and Crawford, "Cognition and Behavior in Two-Person Guessing Games: An Experimental Study," American Economic Review 2006 ("CGC").

Crawford, "Look-ups as the Windows of the Strategic Soul: Studying Cognition via Information Search in Game Experiments," in Andrew Caplin and Andrew Schotter, editors, Perspectives on the Future of Economics: Positive and Normative Foundations, Volume 1, Handbooks of Economic Methodologies, Oxford University Press, 2008

Costa-Gomes and Crawford, "Studying Cognition via Information Search in Two-Person Guessing Game Experiments," still in preparation.

For more on this talk, visit: http://dss.ucsd.edu/~vcrawfor/Calit2GuessSearchSlides.pdf.


Starting 1 January 2010, Professor Crawford will begin appointments as Professorial Fellow of All Souls College and Drummond Professor of Political Economy, Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Simultaneously he will move to Emeritus Professor at UCSD, where he'll spend part of the year in residence. Until then, Crawford is the Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is currently Co-Editor of the American Economic Review. He received the A.B. Summa cum Laude in Economics from Princeton University in 1972 and the Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. in 1976.

Professor Crawford's research has focused on game-theoretic questions in economics, with emphases on bargaining and arbitration, strategic communication, matching markets, learning, and coordination. His main current research and teaching areas are behavioral and experimental game theory and behavioral economics more generally. Representative recent papers include "Cognition and Behavior in Two-Person Guessing Games: An Experimental Study" with Miguel Costa-Gomes, 2006 American Economic Review 2006; "Level-k Auctions: Can Boundedly Rational Strategic Thinking Explain the Winner's Curse and Overbidding in Private-Value Auctions?" with Nagore Iriberri, Econometrica 2007; "Fatal Attraction: Salience, Naivete, and Sophistication in Experimental Hide-and-Seek Games" with Nagore Iriberri, American Economic Review 2007; and "New York City Cabdrivers' Labor Supply Revisited: Reference-Dependent Preferences with Rational-Expectations Targets for Hours and Income" with Juanjuan Meng, University of California, San Diego Discussion Paper 2008-03.

For more information, please contact
Sarah Prom: sprom@ucsd.edu.

Upcoming Speakers

6/10/2009 1:00-2:30
Vincent Crawford, UCSD Economics
Calit2 Auditorium

Calit2, UC, San Diego