Economic Conference to Ensue at UC Riverside

By Catherine Szilagyi, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
March 10, 2005

The seventh annual Southwest Economic Theory Conference (SWET) takes place at UC Riverside this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th. Sponsored by the UC Riverside Graduate Division, the Office of Research, the Department of Economics and CHASS, the conference will feature 13 presentations about submitted papers as well as invited presentations by two internationally prominent economic theorists.

In the past seven years, the conference has been held at Cal Tech, UCLA, and USC. This is the first year the conference has come to Riverside , where 50 to 60 faculty members and graduate students are expected to gather from California and Arizona ’s economic departments this weekend. UC Riverside organizers, faculty, and graduate students alike are very pleased to be hosting the event.   The conference is held annually to assist in the distribution of recent research in economic theory and to provide open discussion of those research results by specialists in the area. This year is particularly exciting for conference attendants due to the renown of the two invited speakers giving presentations, Bernard Cornet and Eric Maskin. 

Bernard Cornet will be presenting a paper on “Existence of Equilibria for Economics with Externalities and a Measure Space for Consumers.” He is also the Oswald Distinguished Professor of Microeconomics at the University of Kansas. Before being appointed to the newly endowed Oswald Chair at Kansas, Professor Cornet was Professor of Mathematics at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has also been a visiting professor at several U.S. economics departments, including UC Berkeley and Yale, is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mathematical Economics, and has published more than 100 papers in economics and mathematics journals.

Eric Maskin, the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, will present his invited paper on “Bargaining Coalitions and Externalities.” Professor Maskin earned an A.B. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Harvard University . Before being appointed to the prestigious Hirschman Chair, he also served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT. He has published extensively in the leading economics journals and has served as an editor or associate editor for many of these journals.

Sessions for this weekend’s event will be held in Humanities 1500 on the UCR Campus. Interested faculty and students are encouraged to attend the conference. The full program for the event can be found at the UC Riverside Department of Economics.

For more information or questions about the event contact conference co-organizers, Jang-Ting Guo (guojt@ucr.edu), Wei Li (wei.li@ucr.edu), or R. Robert Russell (rcubed@ucr.edu).

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