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Venue: Auditorium AGOR (Place Agora, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve)

Monday, May 23

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 12:00 Morning Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

Over the last decades, there has been a growing interest in network research across the social sciences. From the experience of Stanley Milgram in the early 50s which led to the famous « six degrees of separation » theory to nowadays research, « network thinking » (to borrow the word of Albert-László Barabási) has spread throughout the academic world with increasing success. At CORE in particular, with several disciplines (from applied mathematics to geography, economics and econometrics), research teams and projects involved, it has appeared natural to propose a session devoted to this buoyant field of research.

« Network thinking » implies to focus on the interactions at play between entities composing a (social) system rather than the individual properties of those entities. Combining methods from graph theory, computer sciences and multi-dimensional statistics, network sciences has helped to « illuminate seemingly unrelated, scientific and technological mysteries [such as]: Why is the typical life span of organisms a simple function of their size? Why do rumors, jokes, and “urban myths” spread so quickly? Why are large, complex networks such as electrical power grids and the Internet so robust in some circumstances, and so susceptible to large-scale failures in others? What types of events can cause a once-stable ecological community to fall apart? » (Mitchell, 2009).

Focusing on social, geographic or economic data, network thinking involves a multi-disciplinary dialogue between computer science, mathematics and humanities. Keeping this dialogue alive is crucial to avoid re-discoveries or fragmented, uninformed analyses. In this session we aim to mix specialists from different fields, sharing a common interest for network methods.

Chairs: Isabelle Thomas (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) and Jean-Charles Delvenne (Université catholiques de Louvain)

  • 09:00-09:40 Rein Ahas (University of Tartu)
    Challenges of Using Mobile Positioning Data in Geographical Studies
  • 09:40-10:20 Céline Rozenblat (University of Lausanne)
    Addressing Urban Challenges in a Complex World with Network Approaches
  • 10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:40-11:20 Michele Coscia (Harvard University)
    The Wiring of a Country and its Economic Consequences
  • 11:20-12:00 Mariano Beguerisse Díaz (University of Oxford)
    Using Structure and Content to Reveal the Evolution of Narratives in Social Media
Chair: Laurence Wolsey (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 09:00-09:26 Gérard Cornuéjols (Carnegie Mellon Univrersity)
    Cut-Generating Functions for Integer Variables
  • 09:27-09:53 Amitabh Basu (Jonhs Hopkins University)
    The Lifting Problem in Cut-Generating Functions
  • 09:54-10:20 Chen Chen (Columbia University)
    Intersection Cuts and S-free Sets for Polynomial Programming
  • 10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:40-11:06 Michele Conforti (Università di Padova)
    Facet Separation with One Linear Program
  • 11:07-11:33 Martim Joyce-Moniz (Université libre de Bruxelles)
    Models for Piecewise Linear Unsplittable Multicommodity Flow Problems
  • 11:34-12:00 Stefan Wiesberg (Universität Heidelberg)
    Evaluating the Quality of Image Graphs for Complex Networks

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 16:15 Afternoon Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

Personal income taxation is a key determinant of the distribution of income and well-being in our societies. Economists have since long scrutinized this topic, from a variety of viewpoints: the optimal combination of commodity, labor income and capital income taxation, the incentive and welfare properties of different taxation systems, the political economic aspects of taxation, the ability of redistribution to alleviate poverty, etc. There seems to be a renewal of the field, with new focus on the many dimensions on which tax payers may differ, the individual irrational responses to taxation reforms, the mechanism design approaches to taxation and the more systematic empirical estimations of the models.

Chair: François Maniquet (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-13:55 Matthew Weinzierl (Harvard Business School)
    Popular Acceptance of Morally Arbitrary Luck and Widespread Support for Classical Benefit-Based Taxation
  • 13:55-14:35 Robin Boadway (Queen’s University)
    A Critical Appraisal of Optimal Income Tax Methodology
  • 14:35-14:55 Coffee Break
  • 14:55-15:35 John Weymark (Vanderbilt University)
    Voting over Selfishly Optimal Nonlinear Income: Tax Schedules with a Minimum-Utility Constraint
  • 15:35-15:55 Marie-Louise Leroux (Université du Québec à Montréal)
    The Political Choice of Social Long Term Car Transfers When Family Gives Time and Money
  • 15:55-16:15 Lancelot Henry de Frahan (University of Chicago)
    Poverty Reduction, Responsibility and Optimal Income Tasks

Session sponsored with generous support of PoRESP.

Chair: François Glineur (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-13:45 François Glineur (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Convergence of First-order Algorithms for Convex Optimization Using Inexact Information
  • 13:45-14:15 Andreas Themelis (KU Leuven)
    A Globally and Superlinearly Convergent Algorithm for Finding Fixed Points of Nonexpansive Operators
  • 14:15-14:45 Adrien Taylor (Université catholique de Louvain)
    Exact Worst-case Performance of First-order Methods in Convex Optimization
  • 14:45-15:05 Coffee Break
  • 15:05-15:35 Roland Hildebrand (Weierstrass Institute)
    Barriers on Symmetric Cones
  • 15:35-16:05 Yurii Nesterov (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Universal Newton Method
Chair: Vincent Vannetelbosch (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-13:55 Rabah Amir (The University of Iowa)
    Network Effects and Oligopolistic Competition
  • 13:55-14:35 Filomena Garcia (Indiana University)
    Dynamic Monopoly Pricing of Environmental Goods
  • 14:35-14:55 Coffee Break
  • 14:55-15:35 Stef Lemmens (KU Leuven)
    Design of a Responsive Vaccine Chain Under Supply and Demand Uncertainty
  • 15:35-16:15 Ana Mauleon (Université Saint-Louis and CORE)
    Stability of Networks under Level-K Farsightedness

16:30 – 17:30 PLENARY TALK: Michel Goemans (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

In areas such as telecommunications, transportation or manufacturing, combinatorial optimization problems abound, such as the infamous and basic traveling salesman problem. For almost 50 years, we have learned to deal with the computational complexity of these combinatorial problems. In this talk I will review and highlight a few of the core (and CORE!) developments in the field since the birth of CORE. The appetizers will include submodularity, relaxations, convex optimization, approximation algorithms, among other ingredients. As one of the main courses, I would like to describe a surprising connection between social choice and combinatorial optimization, hopefully of interest to this CORE
audience, namely between the noise stability of voting schemes and the approximability of the maximum cut problem. For dessert, I will touch upon some emerging new paradigms and some of the challenges ahead.

Tuesday, May 24

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 12:00 Morning Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

Mathematical Programming, including integer programming and convex optimization, has made CORE a very famous research center internationally.
Recently, a lot of research has been done on problems involving both discrete and convex or non-linear aspects. In particular, CORE is currently part of the MINO (Mixed Integer Non-linear Optimization) EU project, bringing together 10 research groups in Europe

Chair: John Lee (University of Michigan)

  • 09:00-09:40 Pietro Belotti (FICO)
    Introduction to MINLP and Its Applications; Mixed Integer Conic Programming
  • 09:40-10:20 Robert Weismantel (ETH Zürich)
    Integer Polynomial Optimization
  • 10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:40-11:20 Jon Lee (University of Michigan)
    Relaxing Kindly and Efficiently
  • 11:20-12:00 Andrea Lodi (Polytechnique Montréal)
    Nonlinear Chance-Constrained Problems with applications to Hydro Scheduling
Chair: Paul Belleflamme (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 09:00-09:25 In Kyung Kim (Nazarbayev University​)
    Do MSRPs Decrease Prices?
  • 09:25-09:50 Andrea Mantovani (University of Bologna)
    Price Competition in the Presence of a Web Aggregator
  • 09:50-10:15 Samuel Standaert (Ghent University)
    Disentangling the Effect of Trade Agreements on Trade
  • 10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:40-11:05 Dimitri Paolini (Universita Sassari and CORE)
    New Media Platforms, Copyright Owners and Advertising
  • 11:05-11:30 Alessandro Fedele (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano)
    Wrong politicians
  • 11:30-11:55 Margherita Negri (University of St. Andrews)
    A Political Economy Model of Immigration

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 16:15 Afternoon Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

Taxation in a Global Economy. Increased international mobility of economic activity and profits via FDI, profit shifting, tax fiscal ruling, trade, and migration has resulted in a tax environment that requires decision makers to consider their choices in a global context. In particular, the mobility of tax bases and the shifting of profits pose serious questions for the implementation of tax policy and the sustainability of public goods. These issues and more, including tax competition between governments, mobilization of tax revenue in developing countries, tax planning by firms, and potential cooperative solutions will be topics of discussion. The session will features policy dimension on the challenges facing open economies, including high-ranking policy makers and tax practitioners.


Chair: Jean Hindriks (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-13:45 Ben Lockwood (Warwick University)
    VAT Notches
  • 13:45-14:15 Andreas Haufler (University of Munich)
    Optimal Policies against Profit Shifting: The Role of Controlled-Foreign-Company Rules
  • 14:15-14:45 Thomas Gresik (University of Notre Dame)
    Immobilizing Corporate Income Shifting: Should It Be Safe to Strip in the Harbor?
  • 14:45-15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:15-15:45 Nadine Riedel (Ruhr Universität Bochum)
    Corporate Taxes and Firm Behavior – Evidence from South Africa
  • 15:45-16:15 Gaetan Nicodeme (European Commission’s General Directorate for Taxation and Customs Union)
    Patent Boxes Design, Patents Location and Local R&D
Chair: Luc Bauwens (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-14:00 Elisa Ossola (University of Lugano)
    A Diagnostic Criterion for Approximate Factor Structure
  • 14:00-14:45 Stefano Soccorsi (ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles)
    Forecasting Stock Returns with Large Dimensional Factor Models
  • 14:45-15:05 Coffee Break
  • 15:05-15:50 Genaro Sucarrat (BI Norwegian Business School)
    Models of Financial Return with Time-Varying Zero-Probability
Chairs: Isabelle Thomas and Laurence Wolsey (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-13:40 Rémi Lemoy (University of Luxembourg)
    Land Use and Density in the European City: Monocentric Analysis and Scaling
  • 13:40-14:05 Guy Engelen (VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research)
    Spatial Development Potential in Flanders based on Transit Node Value and Service Level
  • 14:05-14:30 Geoffrey Caruso (University of Luxembourg)
    Back to the Future: Infrastructure and Landscape Feedbacks in Urban Simulation Models
  • 14:35-14:55 Coffee Break
  • 14:55-15:21 Michael Ball (University of Maryland)
    A Novel Approach to Group Decision-making: Applying Majority Judgment over Polyhedral Sets
  • 15:22-15:48 Daniele Catanzaro (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Optimizing Over Unrooted Binary Trees
  • 15:49 -16:15Luciano Porretta (Université libre de Bruxelles)
    A Branch-And-Price Algorithm for the Parsimonious Loss of Heterozygosity Problem

16:30 – 17:30 PLENARY TALK: Victor Chernozhukov (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Most supervised machine learning (ML) methods are explicitly designed to solve prediction problems very well.  Achieving this goal does not imply that these methods automatically deliver good estimators of causal parameters. Examples of such parameters include individual regression coefficients, average  treatment effects, average lifts, and demand or supply elasticities. In fact, estimates of such causal parameters obtained via naively plugging ML estimators into estimating equations for such parameters can behave very poorly, for example, by
formally having inferior rates of convergence with respect to the sample size n caused by regularization bias.  Fortunately, this regularization bias can be removed by solving auxiliary  prediction problems via ML tools.  Specifically, we can form an efficient score for the target low-dimensional parameter by combining auxiliary and main ML predictions. The efficient score may then be used to build  an efficient estimator of the target parameter which typically will converge at the fastest possible 1/root(n) rate and be approximately unbiased and normal, and from which valid confidence intervals for these parameters of interest may be constructed.  The resulting method thus could be called a « double ML » method because it relies on estimating primary and auxiliary predictive models.  Such double ML estimators achieve the fastest rates of convergence and robustness of behavior with respect to a broader class of probability distributions than naive « single » ML estimators.  We illustrate the use of the proposed  methods with an application to estimating the effect of 401(k) eligibility on accumulated assets.

Wednesday, May 25

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 12:00 Morning Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

Chair: Julio Dávila (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 09:00-09:40 Jan Eeckhout (University College London)
    Unemployment Cycles
  • 09:40-10:20 Leonor Modesto (UCP, Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics)
    Endogenous Credit and Investment Cycles with Asset Price Volatility
  • 10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:40-11:20 Miguel León-Ledesma (University of Kent)
    Undervaluation, Social Optimum, and Growth
  • 11:20-12:00 Julio Dávila (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    On Private Capital Falling into Public Domain
Chair: Luc Bauwens (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 09:00-09:45 Masayuki Hirukawa (Setsunan University)
    Consistent Estimation of Linear Regression Models Using Matched Data
  • 09:45-10:30 Hi Thu Hien Pham (KU Leuven)
    Limited Information Maximum Likelihood Estimation of the Random Coefficients Demand Model
  • 10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
  • 10:50-11:35 Cindy Wang (National Tsing Hua University & CORE)
    Is the Pearson Sample Correlation Coefficient as Feasible as You Think?
Chairs: François Maniquet (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain) and Pierre Pestieau (CORE, Université de Liège)

  • 09:00-09:20 Véronique Gille (IRD, UMR DIAL, PSL, Université Paris-Dauphine)
    Does the Identity of Leaders Matter for Education? Evidence from the First Black Governor in the US
  • 09:20-09:40 Marion Leturcq (INED, French Institute for Demographic Studies)
    Fertility and Labor Supply: New Evidence using Time-to-Conception
  • 09:40-10:00 Philipp Ketz (Paris School of Economics)
    Sex-selective Abortion: Measuring the Who, How Many & How Often
  • 10:00-10:20 Frits Spieksma (KU Leuven)
    Revealed Preference Tests of Collective Models of Consumption Behavior
  • 10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:40-11:00 Vicky Barham (University of Ottawa)
    Strategic Philanthropy
  • 11:00-11:20 Chiara Canta (Norwegian School of Economics)
    The Role and Design of Social Long Term Care Insurance When Informal Care Is Uncertain
  • 11:20-11:40 Kevin Spiritus (KU Leuven)
    The Rate of Return Allowance
  • 11:40-12:00 Dirk Neumann (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Well-Being Poverty and Labor Income Taxation: Theory and Application to Europe and the US

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 16:15 Afternoon Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

Cooperation is a central theme of Supply Chain Management, cooperation often involve sharing some kind of resources. From 2009 to 2013 CORE got an ARC grant to study how to efficiently share resources in a supply chain. In this session we would like to update the state of the art on this subject.

Chair: Philippe Chevalier (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-14:05 Guillaume Roels (UCLA)
    Win-Win Capacity Allocation Contracts in Co-Production and Co-Distribution Alliances
  • 14:05-14:55 Jan Van Mieghem (Northwestern)
    Collaboration and Multitasking in Processing Networks: Humans versus Machines
  • 14:55-15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:15-16:05 Aadhaar Chaturvedi (Université de Namur)
    Supplier Cutting Corners: Can Excessive Competition Compromise Quality?
Chairs: Bram De Rock (Université libre de Bruxelles) and Florian Mayneris (IRES & CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 13:15-13:35 Koen Decancq (University of Antwerp, CORE, and Princeton University)
    Non-Parametric Well-being Comparisons
  • 13:35-13:55 Paolo Piacquadio (University of Oslo)
    A Fairness Justification of Utilitarianism
  • 13:55-14:15 Rafael Treibich (University of Southern Denmark)
    Co-authorship and the Measurement of Individual Productivity
  • 14:15-14:35 Stephane Zuber (Paris School of Economics, CNRS)
    Fair Intergenerational Decision Making: Ex Ante and Ex Post Approaches
  • 14:35-14:55 Coffee Break
  • 14:55-15:15 Emanuele Bacchiega (Università Di Bologna)
    Contract Contingency in Vertically Related Markets
  • 15:15-15:35 Vladyslav Nora (Nazarbayev University​)
    Vertical Integration and Consumer Welfare under Non-Price Competition in the Movie Theater Industry
  • 15:35-15:55 Luca Panaccione (Università di Roma)
    Marshall without Calculus
  • 15:55-16:15 Baris Vardar (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain and Université Paris 1 Sorbonne)
    The Role of Capacity Building on Technology: Adoption under Imperfect Competition
  • 13:15-13:35 Anton Belyakov (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
    Necessary Conditions for Infinite Horizon Optimal Control Problems Revisited
  • 13:35-13:55 Agustin Perez Barahona (INRA and Ecole Polytechnique)
    On the Uniqueness of Solution to Spatial Dynamic Problems
  • 13:55-14:15 Alain de Crombrugghe (Université de Namur)
    Incentive-compatible Debt Restructuring
  • 14:15-14:35 Constantin Sorokin (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
    Multi-dimensional Free-mobility Equilibrium: Tiebout Revisited

16:30 – 17:30 PLENARY TALK: Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University)

Five problems have been bothering social choice theorists and still cast a shadow on applied welfare economics and cost-benefit analysis: 1) Arrow’s impossibility; 2) Sen’s Liberal Paradox; 3) Harsanyi’s utilitarian theorem; 4) Parfit’s “repugnant conclusion”; 5) Maximin theorems in fair allocation. These problems reveal deep conceptual issues and point to the need for a map of the tensions between the ethical values that people of good will would like to jointly promote in social and economic policies. In this lecture, I will revisit our understanding of how hard or soft the difficulties are, and argue that we should explore the construction of a normative theory for (past, present and future) humanity as a

Thursday, May 26

9:30 – 10:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 12:00 Morning Sessions

Chair: Claude d’Aspremont (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 10:00-10:30 Andrea Attar (Toulouse School of Economics and University of Rome Tor Vergata)
    Multiple Contracting in Insurance Markets
  • 10:30-11:00 Rodolphe Dos Santos Ferreira (Université de Strasbourg)
    Playing the Game the Others Want to Play: Keynes’ Beauty Contest Revisited
  • 11:00-11:30 Shmuel Zamir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    The Strategic Use of Seller’s Information in First-Price Auction
  • 11:30-12:00 Olivier Gossner (CNRS – École Polytechnique)
    Dynamic Bank Runs
Chair: Luc Bauwens (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 10:00-10:45 Benoit Mulkay (Université de Montpellier)
    The Effectiveness of the R&D Tax Credit at the Extensive Margins in France
  • 11:05-11:50 Abdel Bitat (Université Saint-Louis)
    Environmental Regulation and Eco-Innovation: Insights from Diffusion of Innovations Theory
Chair: Anthony Papavasiliou (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 10:00-10:40 Hélène Le Cadre (ENSTA ParisTech)
    Competition and Coalition for Smart Energy Supply
  • 10:40-11:20 Daniel De Wolf (Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale)
    Optimal Design and Time Development of New Hydrogen Transmission Pipeline Networks
  • 11:20-12:00 Anthony Papavasiliou (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Remuneration of Flexibility using Operating Reserve Demand Curves: A Case Study of Belgium

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Award Ceremony

As part of CORE’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Prof. Vincent Blondel, rector of UCL, and Prof. Philippe Chevalier, President of CORE, are honored to invite you to the proclamation of the Honorary Doctors Award Ceremony in Auditorium SOCR10 on May 26, 2016 at 2.00 p.m.

Attendance is free but registration is mandatory. More information on the event and on the registration process can be found on the Honorary Doctors Award Ceremony.

16:00 – 17:00 Cocktail (SOCR Lobby)

17:30 – 17:45 Shuttle Bus to Conference Dinner (Parking Aula Magna)

18:15 – 23:00 Conference Dinner (Château de Terblock, Sint-Jansbergdreef 2, 3090 Overijse)

Friday, May 27

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 12:00 Morning Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

The production planning of power systems involving both hydro and thermal generation can be extremely difficult from a computational point of view. Multiple aspects make the problem hard and cannot usually be neglected: non-convexities related to hydro reservoirs, river flows, start-up costs and minimum output requirements, stochasticity of water inflow, net electricity demand and fuel cost, and the sheer size of the instances measured by the number of power plants, nodes in the power network and span of the time horizon.

Chair: Anthony Papavasiliou (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • 09:00-09:40 Alex Shapiro (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    Risk Neutral and Risk Averse Approaches to Multistage Stochastic Programming
  • 09:40-10:20 Mario Pereira (Brazilian Academy of Sciences)
    Stochastic Programming Models for Energy Planning
  • 10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:40-11:20 Andy Sun (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    Large-Scale Optimization in Electric Energy Systems: Dealing with Nonconvexity, Dynamics, and Uncertainty
  • 11:20-12:00 Anthony Papavasiliou (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Solving Stochastic Unit Commitment at Industrial Scale through Parallel Computing: A Case Study of Central Western Europe

Session sponsored with generous support of the ENGIE chair.

  • 09:00-09:40 Peter Hammond (University of Warwick)
    A Notion of Statistical Equilibrium for Games with Many Players
  • 09:40-10:00 Dmitry Levando (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Non-Cooperative Equilibrium with Multiple Deviators
  • 10:00-10:20 Andrea Pirrone (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Common Knowledge in Correlated Equilibria and Global Games
Chair: Bernard Cornet (Paris School of Economics and University of Kansas)

  • 10:40-11:00 Valeria Forlin (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    The Missing Link: Leveraging Consumers’ Recycling Incentives in a Circular Economy
  • 11:00-11:20 Nicolas Gonne (Université de Namur)
    Environmental Taxation and Firm Selection
  • 11:20-11:40 Maria-Eugenia Sanin (Université d’Evry-Val-d’Essonne and École Polytechnique)
    Assessing the Impact of Environmental Taxation on Green Technology Competition
  • 11:40-12:00 Motohiro Sato (Hitotsubashi University)
    Natural Resource and Growth in a Federation

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 16:15 Afternoon Sessions (including a 20-minute coffee break)

Chair: Henry Tulkens (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Ingmar Schumacher (Polytechnique and IPAG)
    The Role of Conflict for Optimal Climate and Immigration Policy
  • Mirabelle Muûls (Imperial College)
    The Transmission of Localised Productivity and Weather Shocks in a Globalised World
  • François Gérard (Columbia)
    Hysteresis and the Social Cost of Corrective Policies: Evidence from a Temporary Energy Saving Program
  • Johan Eyckmans (KU Leuven)
    How Far Should EPR Reach?  Exports of Used Goods to Developing Countries
  • Christian Gollier (Toulouse School of Economics, Université de Toulouse-Capitole)
    Evaluation of Long-Dated Assets : The Role of Parameter Uncertainty

Session sponsored with generous support of the Lhoist Berghmans chair.

Chair: Victor Ginsburgh (ECARES, Université libre de Bruxelles and CORE)

  • 13:15-13:35 Efthymios Athanasiou (New Economic School)
    Revisiting the Problem of Procurement of a Pure Public Good: Beyond VCG Mechanism
  • 13:35-13:55 Martijn Huysmans (KU Leuven)
    The Right to Secede: The Political Economy of Exit Clauses
  • 13:55-14:15 Antonin Macé (CNRS & Aix-Marseille School of Economics)
    Choosing When to Delegate: Endogenous Cooperation and Optimal Voting Rules
  • 14:15-14:35 Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)
    Sharing the Proceeds from a Hierarchical Venture
  • 14:35-14:55 Coffee Break
  • Barbara Cresti (Université catholique de Louvain and HEFF)
    Firm’s Financialization vs Profit Maximization
  • Wenli Peng (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
    Order Sequencing with Unreliable Forecasts to Minimize Cash Lead Time

16:30 – 17:30 PLENARY TALK: George Nemhauser (Georgia Insitute of Technology)

Integer programming is used to solve planning and operational problems in energy, finance, health, manufacturing, military, transportation, and in almost any imaginable domain where decisions are made. Currently available software is capable of solving models with thousands, and sometimes millions, of variables and constraints. Most Fortune 500 companies use integer programming in some aspects of their business. We will review the development of integer programming algorithms and applications, discuss some developments, including those done at CORE, that have had big impact in solving important problems, and present recent progress that has made it possible to solve very large instances and to obtain provably good solutions quickly. We’ll close by speculating on future advances in methodology and applications.

17:45 – Farewell Drink (CORE Lounge)