Summer School 2012
Bronnbach Monastery, August 26 - September 2
Incomplete Contracts: Theory and Experiments

The Collaborative Research Center SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems and the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim, are pleased to announce a joint Summer School for postgraduate students. The Summer School will be held by two leading economists in the field, Professor Leonardo Felli, LSE, and Professor Christian Zehnder, Université de Lausanne. The school is targeted to Ph.D. students and young post-docs as well as assistant professors. Its major purpose is to provide a coherent view of up to date approaches to the theoretical and experimental analysis of incomplete contracts. Per day, there will be two topical morning sessions, one on theory and one on experiments. The afternoons will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of (participants') papers, discussions about exercises and new experiments, and individual advice.
A midterm excursion will lead us to either the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, or to Würzburg.
Professor Konrad Stahl, University of Mannheim, coordinates the Summer School.

Admission: The total cost of participating in the summer school will be 1.000 €. Stipends will be given to especially gifted applicants. The fee has to be paid by August 1.
Application: Students applying for admission should observe the following pre-requisite:
Competence in the theory of (complete) contracts at the level of Bolton and Dewatripont (2005): Contract Theory, MIT Press. In particular, they should master Parts 1 and 2
Basic Texts: The basic texts for the Summer School are composed of current state of the art journal articles. The complete reading list can be downloaded from the summer school's website.
We encourage electronic submissions via the summer school's website:
Please fill in the Application Form and send it via e-mail together with the following files in pdf format to the Summer School Secretariat (summerschool2012[at]

  • your curriculum vitae;
  • a first draft of a paper you would like to present;
  • a letter of reference from your supervisor.
Deadlines: For applications June 30.
Acceptance notifications will be sent out from July 15.
Final papers for presentation must be received by July 30.

Contact: SFB/TR 15, Summer School Secretariat, Ms Nuray Mamac, University of Mannheim,
D-68131 Mannheim, phone: +49 621 181 1880, fax: +49 621 181 2042.
E-mail: summerschool2012[at]