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Biographical sketches of instructor and guest lecturers

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Director of CRABE (Center for Research on Adaptive Behavior in Economics) received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1991. She held a position at McGill University between 1991-1993 and since 1993 she has been at Simon Fraser University. In addition, she has held a number of visiting positions at the universities and other institutions in US and Europe. Her area of research interest has been focused on modeling learning in a variety of economic environments and testing different behavioral assumptions by conducting experiments with human subjects. She has done a number of experiments in macroeconomic environments, including models of the exchange rate and models that examine the role of various monetary rules. Two other areas of her research are focused on developing models of adaptive behavior in repeated games and behavioral models for mechanism design (provision of public goods, auctions, internet trading etc.) and testing them in the experiments with human subjects. Together with colleagues from California Institute of Technology, she has recently initiated a Turing tournament, a method for evaluating models of human behavior in social sciences (http://turing.ssel.caltech.edu). She is finishing a manuscript of a book whose emphasis is on evolutionary models in macroeconomic environments.





Cars Hommes obtained his Ph-D in Mathematical Economics in 1991 at the University of Groningen. Since 1999, he is professor of Economic Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance (CeNDEF). Cars Hommes is one of the editors of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. His research includes nonlinear dynamics, evolutionary dynamics, behavioral economics and finance, and experimental economics. Recently, he has been working on developing theory of heterogeneous agent models as well as their empirical and experimental testing.



Axel Stig Bengt Leijonhufvud was born in Sweden. He came to the United States in 1960 to do graduate work and obtained his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He taught at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1964 to 1994 and served repeatedly as Chairman of the Economics Department. In 1991, he started the Center for Computable Economics at UCLA and remained its Director until 1997. In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Monetary Theory and Policy at the University of Trento, Italy. His research has particularly dealt with the limits to an economy's ability to coordinate activities as revealed by great depressions, high inflations and (recently) transitions from socialist towards market economies.



Prof. Dr. Thomas Lux is Professor of Monetary Economics and International Finance at the Institute of Economics, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel and Director of Doctoral Program in "Quantitative Economics" (since 2002) at the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences, University of Kiel.
The research of Professor Lux and his group concentrates on theoretical and empirical aspect of financial markets and monetary economics. The major focus of their research has been on behavioral, agent-based models of financial markets. Thomas Lux has published one of the first papers on applications of statistical mechanics to economics in 1995 in the Economic Journal and has elaborated on this subject in his subsequent research. Together with Michele Marchesi he is co-author of a widely quoted paper on microscopic market simulations published in Nature 397, 1999. It was shown in this paper, that the universal statistical characteristics of financial returns (fat tails and clustering volatility) can be generated as emergent phenomena from the interaction of heterogeneous agents in a prototype artificial market. He has also published widely on various topics in empirical finance. His ongoing research includes theoretical analyses of financial market models with heterogeneous agents, learning of economic agents via artificial intelligence methods as well as research in empirical finance (on multi-fractal cascades as a new model of volatility). These research interests have stimulated a number of interdisciplinary collaborations with computer scientists and physicists in the emerging fields of computational economics and agent-based modeling.



Klaus Reiner Schenk-Hoppé holds the Centenary Chair in Financial Mathematics at the University of Leeds, a joint post between the Business School and the School of Mathematics. After receiving a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Bremen in 1996, he taught at the Universities of Bielefeld, Zurich and Copenhagen. His research interests are in finance, economics and applied mathematics, with a particular focus on evolutionary models of financial markets. He and Thorsten Hens are currently editing the volume "Evolution and Dynamics of Financial Markets" for the North-Holland/Elsevier Handbook in Finance series.





Shyam Sunder is James L. Frank Professor of Accounting, Economics and Finance at Yale University. He was educated at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining Yale in 1999, he has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon University, and has been a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, among others. His research interests include experimental finance and experimental macro-economics, and structural economics.



Enrico Zaninotto is professor of Business Economics at the University of Trento. He was educated at the University of Venice and at the Catholic University of Louvain la Neuve. He joined the University of Trento in 1994, after the University of Venice and the University L. Bocconi of Milan. At the University of Trento he leaded the Rock, group of Research on Organisation, Coordination and Knowledge. He published papers on production theory, standard diffusion and modularization. Current research is focussed on two main topics: coordination theory and entrepreneurship and firm dynamics.



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