International Scientific Conference

III Hurwicz Workshop on Mechanism Design Theory

Mathematical Center for Science and Technology PAS
and Department of Applied Mathematics, SGGW

Warsaw, July 1 – 2, 2011

The 2011 Hurwicz Workshop on Mechanism Design Theory is a continuation of the initiative started in 2009 and continued in 2010 of holding an annual conference to honor the 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, professor Leonid Hurwicz. Leonid Hurwicz lived in Warsaw until 1938 and studied at the University of Warsaw. He frequently visited Poland in 1990's. Hurwicz is often credited with introducing rigorous mathematical approach to economic analysis. He received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2007 for his fundamental contributions to the theory of the design of economic mechanisms. Theory of mechanism design relies heavily on mathematical methods of functional analysis, differential equations, differential topology, dynamical systems, etc. He has made important contributions to mathematics as well as economics, in particular, to non-linear programming. The previous Hurwicz Workshops had an interdisciplinary focus with presentations on topics ranging from macroeconomic issues to mathematical game theory and stochastic finance.

The aim of the 2011 Hurwicz Workshop is to bring together scholars from Poland and abroad who specialize in mathematical approach to economic theory, including, but not necessarily confined to the mechanism design theory. The Workshop will provide them with a forum for presenting their research to an audience with expertise in mathematics and economics as well as for informal discussions. Continuing the tradition of the previous 2009 and 2010 Hurwicz Workshops the program includes a Hurwicz Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered this year by professor Roger B. Myerson of the Department of Economics, University of Chicago, who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Leonid Hurwicz and Eric Maskin. This will give participants of the Workshop a unique opportunity to learn a first-hand account of the mechanism design theory. We hope that the workshop will contribute to popularization of the mathematical approach to economic analysis in Poland.

Professor Roger B. Myerson's visit to Warsaw will be sponsored by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF).

See also the page of the Banach Center and Second Announcement.