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(last updated on 21 October 2017)

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New Fellows of the Society

(mailed to GTS members by Jean-Jacques Herings, Secretary-Treasurer of the Game Theory Society, on 21 September 2017)

Dear Members of the Game Theory Society,

According to the Bylaws of our Society, one of the duties of the Council is to vote for the Fellows of the Society. The Fellows of the Society are a group of people honored for their contributions to game theory and service to the Society, and are a source of advice for the Steering Committee. With the advice of the Council and the Fellows, the Steering Committee may, at any time, propose a person to become a Fellow. The person will be elected a Fellow by the members of the Council using the system of approval voting.

The Steering Committee has proposed to nominate as Fellows former members of the Steering Committee and the retiring Council members of 2017:

Dilip Abreu
Robert Aumann
Elchanan Ben-Porath
Francis Bloch
Eric van Damme
Jean-Jacques Herings
Carmen Herrero
Ehud Kalai
Paul Klemperer
Preston McAfee
Andrew McLennan
Fernando Vega-Redondo
Bernhard von Stengel
Eyal Winter
Asher Wolinsky
Bill Zame
The Council has unanimously approved of this proposal.

We thank all the people who contributed their effort towards this election, and wish the fellows all the best in fulfilling their duties.


6th World Congress of the Game Theory Society in Budapest, July 13-17, 2020

(posted by Rakesh Vohra on 30 July 2017)

The 6th World Congress of the Game Theory Society will be held in Budapest, Hungary, July 13-17, 2020. Both von Neumann and Harsanyi were born in this city. By coincidence, the Congress will take place on the centennial of Harsanyi's birth. More details will appear closer to the date of the Congress.


Council Elections 2017

(mailed to GTS members by Jean-Jacques Herings, Secretary-Treasurer of the Game Theory Society, on 12 July 2017)

Dear member of the Game Theory Society,

The elections for the replacement of 12 members of the GTS Council have taken place, and the following candidates have been elected:

Yeon-Koo Che
John Duggan
Lars Ehlers
Faruk Gul
Akihiko Matsui
Wojciech Olszewski
Debraj Ray
Jérôme Renault
Arunava Sen
Yves Sprumont
Ennio Stacchetti
Bernhard von Stengel
We thank candidates and voters for their collaboration.

In Memoriam: Kenneth J. Arrow (1921-2017)

(posted by Rakesh Vohra, 21 February 2017)

Kenneth Joseph Arrow, a member of the Society's advisory board since its foundation, passed away February 21, 2017. If a scholar's contributions are to be judged by the amount of work he or she created for others, then Arrow was a full employment act.

Born in 1921, he was part of a remarkable cohort of descendants of Eastern European emigres who settled in New York, made their way through the City College of New York, eventually to sweep the boards of every glittering prize. At least nine nobel laureates trod the same path, among them Robert J. Aumann.

Arrow's is a name familiar in our mouths as any household word. No education in Game Theory or Economics is complete without a study of the eponymous impossibility theorem and his formulation and existence proof (with Debreu) of general equilibrium. For any one person this might suffice as an epitaph, but not for Arrow. There are his contributions with Samuel Karlin and Herbert Scarf to inventory theory. He was a pioneer in the economics of information, healthcare and discrimination. His influence continues through his students like Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson. Macaulay's descriptions of the Jesuits, reproduced below, would be as accurate if each appearance of the word `Jesuit' was replaced by `Arrow' and `they' by `him':

There was no region of the globe, no walk of speculative or of active life, in which Jesuits were not to be found. They guided the counsels of Kings. They deciphered Latin inscriptions. They observed the motions of Jupiter's satellites. They published whole libraries...

(posted by Christos H. Papadimitriou, 22 February 2017)

Kenneth Arrow, a giant of economic thought - and of rational, analytical thought more generally - left us yesterday, 95 years old. He was a brilliant, gentle man, an old colleague and friend, and the spark and inspiration of my interest in economics. We will remember him for his incisive theorems, but also for his beautiful talk on the history of the quest for approximating equilibria that graced our program and opened our boot camp at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.


Obituary of Kenneth Arrow in the New York Times, 21 February 2017.

Obituary of Kenneth Arrow in the Washington Post, 21 February 2017.

Obituary and on Kenneth Arrow's intellectual legacy in the Financial Times, 22 February 2017.


Upcoming Conference Deadlines and Calls for Papers

(see GTS conference announcements)

December 15, 2017: Registration for
Workshop on Trade and Diffusion of Shocks in Networks (January 4, 2018, Philadelphia, USA)

February 2, 2018: Paper submission for
The Arne Ryde Conference on Learning, Evolution, and Games (LEG2018) (June 4 - 5, 2018, Lund, Sweden)


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