The 2nd Workshop on Mechanism Design for Social Good will be taking place at this year’s ACM Conference on Economics and Computation at Cornell University on June 22, 2018.

The goal of the workshop is to highlight work where insights from algorithms, optimization, and mechanism design have the potential to impact social good. In particular, we will focus on the theme of improving access to opportunity. The workshop will feature keynote presentations focusing on economic inequality, online labor markets, bias and discrimination. We encourage submissions addressing these and other domains, such as housing, healthcare, education, civic participation, privacy, and the developing world. The workshop aims to showcase ongoing exemplary work on these topics and to highlight exciting opportunities for future research. Submissions of all types are encouraged, including theoretical or applied mechanism design work, research that solves algorithmic or optimization problems, and empirical research.
Topics of interest for this workshop include but are not limited to:
  • redistributive mechanisms to improve access to opportunity
  • economic inequality and intergenerational mobility
  • mitigating unequal economic outcomes in online labor markets
  • detecting existence or causes of exploitative market behavior in online labor markets
  • the design of algorithms that mitigate bias and improve diversity
  • allocating low-income housing assistance
  • allocating health insurance funds, managing access to healthcare, and pricing medical treatments
  • design of health insurance markets
  • evaluating students, teachers, or schools
  • design of transportation systems
  • market regulations for data and privacy
  • algorithmic solutions to encourage civic participation
  • evaluating fairness in electoral representation 
Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  • Quality of submission as measured by accuracy and clarity of exposition.
  • Relevance to this workshop and its theme of improving access to opportunity.
  • Novelty of domain: we particularly encourage work on applications that have been less explored within the EC community.
  • Potential for follow-up work in the EC community: those from other communities who feel they fit this criterion are especially encouraged to submit.
Submission Instructions:
Authors should upload a PDF of their paper to EasyChair. There are no specific formatting instructions. Submissions may either be working papers or papers that have been published at an established conference or journal. In the latter case, please include a citation on EasyChair.  In addition to the PDF, authors are asked to upload a 200-250 word description onto EasyChair summarizing the results and their relevance to the workshop. The committee reserves the right not to review all the technical details of submissions. 
Authors may submit papers that are already under review or accepted in conferences or journals. However, papers accepted to this year’s EC will not be considered for presentation at the workshop. There will be no published proceedings.
Important Information:  
  • Submission Deadline: April 21, 2018, 11:59pm AoE
  • Submission page: EasyChair
  • Notification: May 16, 2018
  • Workshop Date: June 22, 2018
Organizing Committee:
Program Chairs:

On behalf of the organizing committee: Ashish Goel, Jason Hartline, Gabriel Carroll, and Nicole Immorlica.

This year, the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC) will host a festival highlighting some of the best work in economics and computation that typically appears in conferences and journals adjacent to EC. The intention of this festival is to expose EC attendees to related work just beyond the boundary of their current awareness.

We seek nominations for papers that have made breakthrough advances, opened up new questions or areas, made unexpected connections, or had significant impact on practice or other sciences. Examples of conferences and journals that publish papers relevant for our festival include STOC/FOCS/SODA, AAAI/IJCAI/AAMAS, NIPS/ICML/COLT, WWW/KDD, AER/Econometrica/QJE/RESTUD/TE/AEJ Micro/JET/GEB, and Math of OR/Management Science/Operations Research. Please email nominations to agtfest2018@gmail.com. Anyone is welcome to contact us, but we especially invite members of PCs or editorial boards in various venues to send us suggestions. Nominations should include:

  • Name of paper and authors.
  • Publication venue or online working version. Preference will be given to papers that have appeared in a related conference or journal within the past two years, or have a working version circulated within the past two years.
  • Short (1-3 paragraph) explanation of the paper and its importance.
  • (Optional) Names of 1-3 knowledgeable experts on the area of the paper.

Note at least one of the authors of a selected paper will be required to present their paper at EC 2018 and so should be available to travel to the conference, which is taking place in Ithaca, NY from June 19-21, 2018. To ensure maximum consideration, please send all nominations by March 31, 2018.

Last year I gave a series of lectures covering the latest connections between complexity theory and economics.  Morning lectures focused on the most recent breakthroughs on the complexity of computing equilibria, including Rubinstein’s quasi-polynomial-time hardness for computing an approximate Nash equilibrium of a bimatrix game from FOCS ’16, the Babichenko-Rubinstein communication complexity lower bounds for the same problem (from STOC ’17), and the Hubacek-Naor-Yogev average-case hardness of TFNP (from ITCS ’17).  Evening lectures focused on complexity-theoretic barriers in economics (including joint work with Parikshit Gopalan, Noam Nisan, and Inbal Talgam-Cohen).

I’m happy to report that lectures notes are finally available (from arXiv or ECCC).

The SIGecom Test of Time Award recognizes the author or authors of an influential paper or series of papers published between ten and twenty-five years ago that has significantly impacted research or applications exemplifying the interplay of economics and computation.

To be eligible, a paper or series of papers must be on a topic in the intersection of economics and computation, including topics in electronic commerce, and must have been first published, in preliminary or final form, in an archival journal or conference proceedings no less than ten years and no more than twenty-five years before the year the award is conferred. Papers for which all authors are deceased at the time the Award Committee makes its decision are not eligible for the award.

The 2018 SIGecom Test of Time Award will be given for papers published no earlier than 1993 and no later than 2008. Nominations are due by March 5th, 2018, and must be made by email to the Award Committee (sigecom-awards-tot@acm.org) with “ACM SIGecom Test of Time Award” in the subject.

Any member of SIGecom may submit a nomination. Self-nomination is not allowed. Nominations must include the following, preferably in a single PDF file:

1. Bibliographic data for the paper or series of papers demonstrating publication, in preliminary or final form, at least ten years and at most twenty-five years before the award year.

2. An endorsement letter by the nominator of no more than two pages describing the content of the paper or series of papers and the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the work.

3. The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at least two other endorsers. Endorsers, like the nominator, may not be authors of the paper or papers under consideration.

4. A one-sentence statement that describes the contribution of the paper or series of papers.

The two additional endorsers should send letters directly to the Award Committee (sigecom-awards-tot@acm.org) by the same deadline. Each letter should specify the relationship of the endorser to nominees and describe, in 500 words or fewer, the lasting contribution, significance, and impact of the paper or papers.

An unsuccessful nomination can be reconsidered for three award cycles, with the option of updating the original nomination to reflect additional impact. Subsequently, a new nomination must be provided. All matters relating to the selection process that are not specified here are left to the discretion of the Award Committee.

The award, conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, includes a plaque and complimentary conference registration for each winner and an honorarium of $1,000 to be shared among the winners. The award may not be given if the nominations are judged not to meet the standards of the award.

It is expected that at least one of the nominated authors, if selected for the award, will attend the next ACM Conference on Economics and Computation on June 18-22, 2018, in Ithaca, NY, USA, to accept the award and give a presentation on the work. The award includes complimentary registration but does not cover travel expenses to attend the conference.

The Award Committee welcomes questions from anyone considering or intending to submit a nomination. The Award Committee will accept informal proposals for potential nominees or tentative offers to prepare formal nominations, should they be needed.

On behalf of the 2017 Award Committee:

Tuomas Sandholm (Chair)
Robert Kleinberg
Nikhil Devanur

We have several postdoc positions for excellent graduates in the general area of economics and computation (EC) / algorithmic game theory (AGT) in several universities in Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv University, and the Technion (in Haifa).  These positions are supported by a variety of funding sources, provide a comfortable living, and allow reasonable travel to conferences.  The participating hosts include:

Hebrew University

(Center for Rationality)


Liad Blumrosen (Business)

Sergiu Hart (Math/Econ)

Katrina Ligett (CS)

Noam Nisan (CS)

Aviv Zohar (CS)

Tel-Aviv University (CS)




Yossi Azar

Michal Feldman

Amos Fiat

Yishay Mansour

Technion (IEM)


Yakov Babichenko

Yuval Emek

Ron Lavi

Reshef Meir

Rann Smorodinsky

Moshe Tennenholtz

Beyond working with the formal post-doctoral host, these positions enable and encourage collaboration with other faculty members in the group, and with their postdocs and graduate students.  We also encourage joint postdoctoral positions (hosted by two hosts), possibly from different departments or universities.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Economics, Operations Research, or a related field, a publication record in an area related to economics and computation, and strong recommendations.

The “default” dates for the position are according to the usual academic year, 10/2018-9/2019, with a possibility of an extension for another year. However, we are very flexible in terms of starting dates and durations (e.g., beginning of 2018 might also work).

To apply, please send an email to your preferred post-doctoral host(s), including your CV, a research statement, and names of three references
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[This announcement is posted on behalf of the SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee.]

The SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes an outstanding dissertation in the field of economics and computer science. The award is conferred annually at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation and includes a plaque, complimentary conference registration, and an honorarium of $1,500. A plaque may further be given to up to two runners-up. No award may be conferred if the nominations are judged not to meet the standards for the award.

To be eligible, a dissertation must be on a topic related to the field of economics and computer science and must have been defended successfully during the calendar year preceding the year of the award presentation.

The next SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award will be given for dissertations defended in 2017. Nominations are due by the March 31, 2018, and must be submitted by email with the subject “SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award” to the awards committee at sigecom-awards-diss@acm.org. A dissertation may be nominated simultaneously for both the SIGecom Doctoral Dissertation Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Nominations may be made by any member of SIGecom, and will typically come from the dissertation supervisor. Self-nomination is not allowed. Nominations for the award must include the following, preferably in a single PDF file:
  1. A two-page summary of the dissertation, written by the nominee, including bibliographic data and links to publicly accessible versions of published papers based primarily on the dissertation.
  2. An English-language version of the dissertation.
  3. An endorsement letter of no more than two pages by the nominator, arguing the merit of the dissertation, potential impact, and justification of the nomination. This document should also certify the dissertation defense date.
  4. The names, email addresses, and affiliations of at least two additional endorsers.
The additional endorsement letters themselves should be emailed directly to sigecom-awards-diss@acm.org, by the same deadline. These endorsements should be no longer than 500 words, and should specify the relationship of the endorser to the nominee, contributions of the dissertation, and its potential impact on the field.

It is expected that a nominated candidate, if selected for the award, will attend the next ACM Conference on Economics and Computation to accept the award and give a presentation on the dissertation work. The cost of attending the conference is not covered by the award, but complimentary registration is provided.
Award Committee
  • Nicole Immorlica, Microsoft Research New England
  • Ariel Procaccia, Carnegie Mellow University
  • Aaron Roth, University of Pennsylvania

[The following announcement is posted on behalf of Alex Slivkins and the rest of the Algorithmic Economics group at Microsoft Research NYC.]

Microsoft Research NYC is looking for a postdoc in Algorithmic Economics, with a start date in July 2018. Please encourage strong graduating students to apply by December 1, and please feel free to forward and distribute the announcement as you see fit.

Research in the Algorithmic Economics group at Microsoft Research NYC spans a wide variety of topics at the intersection of economics and computation. Application areas include auctions and mechanism design, crowdsourcing and human computation, information aggregation and elicitation, machine learning in economics, polling and prediction markets, and online advertising.

More information on the position and how to apply: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/opportunity/call-postdocs-algorithmic-economics/ .

Our algorithmic economics group: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/algorithmic-economics/

Microsoft Research NYC: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/lab/microsoft-research-new-york/.