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Tentative Agenda

Symposium on Inequality, Entropy and Econophysics

Hosted by Columbia University and Cornell University
Riverside Church Conference Hall, New York, NY


Thursday, May 30, 2019

8:00 - 8:45 am            Registration and Light breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 am            Welcome

9:00 - 9:50 am            Session I Presentations: Thesia Garner (Chair)

Venkat Venkatasubramanian
Income Inequality and Fairness: A Behavioral Microeconomics Model

Ravi Kanbur
Entropy, Information and the Measurement of Income Inequality

9:50 - 10:15 am          Session I Discussion

10:15 - 10:45 am        Break

10:45 - 11:35 am        Session II Presentations: Sitabhra Sinha (Chair)

    Victor Yakovenko
    Economic Inequality from a Statistical Physics Point of View

    Doyne Farmer
    When Does the Economy Converge to an Equilibrium? Evidence from Game Theory

11:35 - 12:00 pm        Session II Discussion

12:00 - 1:15 pm          Catered Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 pm            Session III Presentations: Ravi Kanbur (Chair)

   Suresh Naidu
   Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data

   Sitabhra Sinha
   How Representative is our Democracy? Relating the Wealth Distribution of Candidates and
   Electoral Performance in Recent Indian General Elections

   Paulo Dos Santos
   Information Theory & Complex Economic Systems: A Conceptual Framework and an Application

2:30 - 3:00 pm            Session III Discussion

3:00 - 3:15 pm            Break

3:15 - 4:30 pm            Session IV Presentations: Sanjay Reddy (Chair)

   James Sethna
   Sloppy Models, Differential Geometry, and the Space of Model Predictions

   Amos Golan
   Information, Modeling and Inference

   Anil Bera
   Maximum Entropy Density Estimation of  Income Distribution with Applications

4:30 - 5:00 pm            Session IV Discussion

5:00 - 6:00 pm            Cocktail Reception

Friday, May 31, 2019

9:00 - 9:50 am            Session V Presentations: Anwar Shaikh (Chair)

         Duncan Foley
         Inequality, Entropy and Social Coordination

         Sanjay Reddy
         Statistical Mechanics Approaches in Economics: What is an Explanation?

9:50 - 10:15 am          Session V Discussion

10:15 - 10:30 am        Break

10:30 - 11:45 am        Session VI Presentations: Jay Sethuraman (Chair)

         Tiziana Di Matteo
         Econophysics Techniques: Applications to Economics and Finance

         Wataru Souma
         Distribution of Personal Income and Firm Size in Japan

         Yonatan Berman
         The Ergodicity Problem in Economics

11:45 - 12:15 pm       Session VI Discussion

12:15 - 1:15 pm         Catered Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 pm           Session VII Presentations: Tiziana di Matteo (Chair)

        Anwar Shaikh
        Economic Arbitrage and the Econophysics of Income Inequality

  Simone Landini
  Mathematics of 'Strange' Quantities: k-Generalized Models of Income and Wealth Distributions

        Gregor Semieniuk
        Energy Consumption Inequality and Econophysics

2:30 - 3:00 pm           Session VII Discussion

3:00 - 3:15 pm           Break

3:15 - 4:15 pm           Session VIII - Concluding Panel and Wrap-Up: Ravi Kanbur and Venkat Venkatasubramanian (Chairs)

        Thesia Garner
        Tiziana Di Matteo
        Duncan Foley
        Ravi Kanbur
        Venkat Venkatasubramanian