The 2007 Institute on Computational Economics is a two week summer program held July 30 – August 9, 2007 at the University of Chicago. We are pleased to announce that this year we have acquired state-of-the-art software for participants to use for free for the duration of their graduate studies, and that the program puts much effort on helping participants apply this software and the techniques they learn at ICE to actual research economics problems.
ICE serves as a focal point for promoting and disseminating cutting-edge methods in computational science useful in the solution and empirical estimation of economic models. Currently there is no clearing house for disseminating developments in computational science to economists, and the interaction between economics and computational science is poorly developed. ICE will serve to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and the development of new computational tools to solve economic policy questions. The goal is to create an institute that will build a community of scholars around the world that will interact on an ongoing basis. Such interactions are at the heart of successful scientific research.
We had our first two one-week Institutes in 2005 and 2006. The program changes and extensions adopted for ICE 2007 were developed in response to the many good suggestions made by participants in those Institutes. We thank them for their help, and we look forward to working with a new group of young scholars.
James J. Heckman
Director of the Economics Research Center, University of Chicago