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25+ Years of Quantal Response Equilibrium Conference

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and
Center for Theoretical and Experimental Social Sciences (CTESS)
California Institute of Technology
March 4–5, 2022

Organizing committee: Tom Palfrey (Caltech), Marina Agranov (Caltech), Marco Battaglini (Cornell), Alessandra Casella (Columbia), and Cesar Martinelli (George Mason University). Administrative assistant: Letty Diaz. Email:


  1. Program
  2. Banks-McKelvey Memorial Lecture
  3. Venue and directions
  4. Contact


Friday March 4th, 2022

9:00am – 9:30am: Check in and coffee/breakfast
9:30am – 10:15am: Cary Frydman and Salvatore Nunnari "Cognitive Imprecision and Strategic Behavior"
10:15am – 10:30am: Coffee Break
10:30am – 11:15am: Matt Kovach and Gerelt Tserenjigmid "Regret and Bounded Rationality in Games: The Focal Quantal Response Equilibrium"
11:15am – 11:30am: Coffee Break
11:30am – 12:15pm: Chris Chambers, Tugce Cuhadaroglu, and Yusufcan Masatlioglu "Behavioral Influence"
12:15pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm – 2:15pm: James Bland and Ted Turocy "Properties of Methods for Estimating QRE"
2:15pm – 3:00pm: Casey Crisman-Cox "Finding and Accounting for Separation Bias in Strategic Choice Models"
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Coffee break
3:30pm – 4:15pm: Paul Healy and Hyoeun Park "Model Selection Accuracy in Behavioral Game Theory: a Simulation"
4:30pm Reception
5:15pm Banks-McKelvey Memorial Lecture delivered by Charles Holt
6:30pm Dinner at the Athenaeum (by invitation only)

Saturday March 5th, 2022

9:00am – 9:30am: Check in and coffee/breakfast
9:30am – 10:15am: Evan Friedman and Felix Mauerberger "Quantal Response Equilibrium with Symmetry: Theory and Political Economy Applications"
10:15am – 11am: Thorsten Giertz and Jens Grosser "Pork barrel politics, voter turnout, and inequality"
11am – 11:30am: Coffee Break
11:30am – 12:15pm: Rodrigo Velez and Alexander Brown "Empirical Equilibrium"
12:15pm: Lunch and Farewell

Banks-McKelvey Memorial Lecture

On the evening of March 4th, Charles Holt will deliver the Banks-McKelvey Memorial Lecture, which honors the research and teaching of two colleagues in Caltech's Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences who made seminal contributions to political economy and social science more generally. Jeffrey Banks was a 1986 Caltech PhD who, after a stellar career at Rochester, returned to Caltech in 1997. He made important contributions to game theory and the politics of voting. He was a fantastic teacher and in the few years he was teaching at Caltech trained some of our best students. Richard McKelvey (Banks' advisor) was a pioneer in just about every field of political science, including developing statistical methods for analyzing voting patterns, mathematical models of voting participation, and key contributions to game theory that spanned computer and social sciences.

Venue and directions

The conference will be held in Chen Lecture Hall on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California.


Marina Agranov: