[CANCELLED] 2020 International Conference on Public Economic Theory

PET 2020

Delta Hotel Montreal

From Wednesday 8 Jul 2020 at 5PM
To Saturday 11 Jul 2020 at 6PM



Given all the uncertainty related to the COVID-19, which has led to the closure of all academic travel in many universities at least until Sept 2020, with great regret we have decided to cancel the PET 2020 conference. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We thank all the people who submitted a paper to PET 2020; your interest in PET 2020 is much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you all at PET 2021.

With all best wishes.
The Organizers of PET 2020 and the Executive Committee of APET




The Association for Public Economic Theory (APET) is pleased to announce that the 2020 International Conference on Public Economic Theory (PET 2020) will be held in Montreal, Canada.


PET 2020, the 21st International Conference of APET, will be held July 9th-11th, with a welcome reception on the late afternoon/early evening of July 8th. It will be hosted by CIRANO and held in the Delta Hotel Montreal, which is located in the entertainment district of downtown Montreal.


There will be a special issue of the Journal of Public Economic Theory (JPET) on the environment linked to the conference. There will also be sessions sponsored by the Coalition Theory Network, a European network of researchers with interests primarily in coalition and network theory and applications.


APET supports the Journal of Public Economic Theory (JPET). APET was founded in 1998 and JPET published its first issue in 1999. PET conferences have become yearly events, with 250 (Hue, Vietnam) to 500 participants (Lisbon, Portugal), and typically about 325-350 participants. APET conferences are well-known and attract scholars from around the world.


Call for Papers

Submissions in all areas of public economics and related areas are invited. Both theoretical and applied economic papers will be considered. Participation to the conference will be subject to a selection process based on the quality of the papers (or extended abstracts) submitted. Submissions may consist of a full paper or a comprehensive abstract. We request that you submit your paper as early as convenient.

Submission requirements:

  • Your submission should be made in a Word or PDF document.
  • The title page should include the full name, the affiliation and the e-mail address of the person who should be informed of the scientific committee’s decision.
  • Authors are invited to submit papers by April 15, 2020 online at pet2020@cirano.qc.ca.


Important Dates

  • April 15, 2020: Submission Deadline
  • TBD: Notification of acceptance
  • TBD: Registration deadline


Scientific Committee

  • Rabah Amir, University of Iowa
  • Eric Bahel, Virginia Tech
  • Stefano Barbieri, Tulane University
  • Vicky Barham, University of Ottawa
  • Hassan Benchekroun, McGill University
  • Francis Bloch, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
  • Raouf Boucekkine, Aix-Marseille Université
  • Helmuth Cremer, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Andrew F. Daughety, Vanderbilt University
  • Effrosyni Diamantoudi, Concordia University
  • Hülya Eraslan, Rice University
  • Anthony Heyes, University of Ottawa
  • Marcelin Joanis, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Bertrand Koebel, Université de Strasbourg
  • Hideo Konishi, Boston College
  • Kai A. Konrad, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
  • Daniel Kovenock, Chapman University
  • Cuong Le Van, Paris School of Economics
  • Justin Leroux, HEC Montréal
  • Isabelle Maret, Université de Strasbourg
  • Ana Mauleon, Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
  • Gareth Myles, University of Adelaide
  • Pierre Pestieau, Université de Liège
  • Kevin Reffett, Arizona State University
  • Jennifer F, Reinganum, Vanderbilt University
  • Agnieszka Rusinowska, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
  • François Salanie, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Eddie Schlee, Arizona State University
  • Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné, SKEMA Business School
  • Anne van den Nouweland, University of Oregon
  • Ngo Van Long, McGill University
  • Vincent Vannetelbosch, Université Catholique de Louvain
  • John Wooders, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Myrna Wooders, Vanderbilt University
  • Licun Xue, McGill University
  • Georges Zaccour, HEC Montréal


Keynote Speakers

Marcel Boyer, Université de Montréal

Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern University

Kathryn Spier, Harvard University



Registration fees (530CAD) cover the APET registration fees, the welcome reception, the Gala dinner, the 3 lunches and all coffee breaks. To register, please click on the "Register" button at the top of the page.



We have rooms at a preferential rate at the Delta Hotel Montreal. Please, keep in mind to book your room as early as possible as July in Montreal is very crowded. Last day to book at the preferential rate: Sunday, June 7, 2020. Book your room.



Delta Hotel Montreal
475 President-Kennedy Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1J7 Canada

Delta Hotel Montreal: Located in the entertainment district of downtown Montreal, this hotel, with its large guest rooms with balconies, is where you want to be when visiting Montreal! Rue Sherbrooke awaits fashion and culture buffs, with its chic and trendy high-end retailers and museums. Take a walk to Mont-Royal for an incredible cityscape.


Montreal: Montreal is the second-most populous municipality in Canada. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters. In 2016, the broader metropolitan area had a population of a little more than 4,000,000. Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and Canada, with over 59% of the population able to speak both English and French. Historically the commercial capital of Canada, Montreal was surpassed in population and in economic strength by Toronto in the 1970s. It remains an important centre of commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, education, art, culture, tourism, food, fashion, gaming, film, and world affairs. Montreal hosts the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival, and many other events. The city's tourist attractions include the downtown area with its many museums, shops and restaurants, but also the Quartier des spectacles (entertainment district) and Chinatown; Old Montreal and the Old Port of Montreal; Mont-Royal...




For any scientific or administrative questions, please contact pet2020@cirano.qc.ca.

Marcel Boyer

Marcel Boyer (M. Sc. and Ph.D. economics, Carnegie-Mellon University; M.A. economics, Université de Montréal) is presently Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Université de Montréal; Associate Member of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE, member of TSE Sustainable Finance Center) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST); Distinguished Associate Fellow, Montreal Economic Institute; Fellow of CIRANO and of the C.D. Howe Institute (Toronto); Academic Affiliate of Analysis Group (Montréal, Boston); Member of the Governance Committee of the “Sustainable Finance and Responsible Investment” AFG Chair at École Polytechnique de Paris and Université de Toulouse; and Member of the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council.

He taught economics at York University (1971-1973), UQÀM (1973-1974) and Université de Montréal (1974-2008), where he held the Jarislowsky-SSHRC-NSERC Chair in Technology and International Competition of École Polytechnique (1993-2000) and the Bell Canada Chair in Industrial Economics (2003-2008).

Marcel Boyer is Knight of Ordre National du Québec (2021), Officer of the Order of Canada (2015), Laureate of the Léon-Gérin Prize for career excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences (Prix du Québec, 2015), Honorary Fellow of the French Association of Environmental and Resources Economists (FAERE, 2014), Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association (2013). Following his public lecture at Collège de France in 2005, the latter honored him with the Médaille Guillaume-Budé. Laureate of the Marcel-Vincent Prize (ACFAS, 2002), Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science (2001), Fellow of The International Journal of Industrial Organization,(1997), Laureate of the Distinguished Guest Professor Award (Wuhan University of Technology, 1995). He is elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, 1992) and Laureate of the Marcel-Dagenais Prize (Société canadienne de science économique, 1985), of the Endowment-for–the–future Distinguished Scholar Award (University of Alberta, 1988), and of the Alexander-Henderson Award (Carnegie-Mellon University, 1971).

He was founding Director of the Observatoire de la Francophonie économique, President of the international Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI); Member of the Expert Panel of the Council of Canadian Academies on the State of Industrial Research and Development; Member of the jury of the Donner Prize for the best book on public policy by a Canadian, Member of the SHS1 committee of the French National Research Agency; Vice-President and Chief Economist of the Montreal Economic Institute; President of the Canadian Economics Association; President of the Société Canadienne de Science Économique; CEO of CIRANO; Member of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER, USA); Member of the National Statistics Council of Canada; Member of the Management Committee of Bell-University Labs; Member of the Board of the Montreal Mathematical Finance Institute; Member of the Board of Directors of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Chairman of the Board of the Network for Computing and Mathematical Modelling; Visiting Senior Research Advisor for industrial economics at Industry Canada; Member of Industry Canada advisory committee on business strategies and innovation; Member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Law and Economics Association; Member of the Board of the Agency for Public-Private Partnerships of Québec; Member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Economics and  the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; and Chairman of the Board of the Caisse Populaire de St-Jérôme.

His recent article « The determination of optimal fines in cartel cases: Theory and practice” (with Marie-Laure Allain and Jean-Pierre Ponssard), Concurrences – Competition Law Review 2011, was chosen as Best Academic Economics Article - 2012 Antitrust Writing Awards (Institute of Competition Law and George Washington University Law School). His recent article “Alleviating Coordination Problems and Regulatory Constraints through Financial Risk Management” (with Martin Boyer and René Garcia), Quarterly Journal of Finance 3(2) has received the Outstanding Paper Award 2015 of the Midwest Finance Association. His recent book Réinventer le Québec: Douze Chantiers à Entreprendre (with Nathalie Elgrably; Stanké 2014, 176 pages) was among the four finalists for the 2014-15 Donner Foundation Prize for the best book on public policy written by a Canadian.

Author or coauthor of over 330 scientific articles and papers and public and private reports, Professor Boyer currently conducts research in the areas of investment valuation (risk, flexibility, and real options); efficient organizations and public policies (water markets; competitive social-democracy); inequalities; value and cost sharing; and law and economics (cartels, anti-competitive practices, environmental liability and other issues, intellectual property rights). Marcel Boyer has acted as expert economist on behalf of several national and international public and private corporations and organisations, and has testified as expert witness before various organizations and tribunals: arbitration tribunals, Copyright Board of Canada, Québec Energy Board, Superior court of Québec (in both civil and criminal cases), Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan, Superior Court of Ontario, Supreme Court of British Columbia.

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Alessandro Pavan

Alessandro Pavan is Professor in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. His research concerns the analysis of the role of information in strategic situations of interest to both micro and macro economists. In particular, his research focuses on global games, the social value of information and coordination, mechanism design, matching, and two-sided markets. He is Lead Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory, and Foreign Editor of the Review of Economic Studies.

Alessandro Pavan holds a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Toulouse, France, where he graduated with the highest honors. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he obtained a Diplôme Européenne d'Economie Quantitative Approfondie, and a Master of Science in Financial Markets from the University of Toulouse (both with highest honors), a Master of Science in Economics from Bocconi University (with distinction), and a Laurea in Economics from Bocconi University (with highest honors).

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Kathryn Spier

Kathryn E. Spier is the Domenico De Sole Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School and President Emeritus of the American Law and Economics Association. She received her PhD from MIT in 1989, and her BA in mathematics and economics from Yale in 1985. Before joining the Harvard Law School in 2007, she was for 13 years a professor in the Management and Strategy department at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and served as the Richard M. Paget Distinguished Professor. Before that, she served as assistant and associate professor in the Harvard Economics Department. Professor Spier is currently serving as a co-editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, an associate editor of the American Economic Review, and is a Research Associate in the Law and Economics Group of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has published extensively in the areas of law and economics and industrial organization. Her areas of interest include the economics of litigation, contracts, tort law, antitrust, and business organization.  Professor Spier’s current research on contracts and bargaining is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Wednesday, July 8
17:00 - 18:30
Welcome Reception
Wednesday, July 8
18:30 - 18:30
Program to be announced


475 Avenue du Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC H3A 1J7, Canada