Algorithmic Contract Design

Present and Future

An EC'22 Workshop - Boulder, CO, USA, July 15, 2022


In the past three years, the algorithmic study of contracts has picked up speed; there have been several exciting developments, and many concrete open questions have emerged.

This workshop aims to provide an entry point to the topic for interested researchers across disciplines by taking stock of the present research, and to provide a forum for discussing and identifying the most promising directions for future research.

Update: The workshop has concluded. Thank you to all participants! See the videos or the program schedule for links to slides.

Workshop Schedule

The workshop is part of EC'22 and will take place on July 15, 2022. All times are local times (GMT-6).

Workshop Location: CU Boulder Engineering, Room B (ECCR 265)

9:00am-9:10am Introduction by Organizers [slides]

9:10am-9:40am Michal Feldman (Tel Aviv) [remotely]: "Combinatorial Contracts" [slides]

9:40am-10:10am Ilya Segal (Stanford): "Incentivizing Inattentive Agents" [slides]

10:10am-10:30am Coffee Break

10:30am-11:00am Manish Raghavan (Harvard): "Reflections on Incentivizing Behavior through Evaluation" [slides]

11:00am-11:30am Tal Alon (Technion): "Typed Contract Design" [slides]

11:30am-12:00pm Joshua Wang (Google Research): "Contracts with Types: Moral Hazard + Adverse Selection" [slides]

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch Break

1:30pm-1:50pm EC'22 Vignettes: Presented Papers (follow link for slides)

2:00pm-2:30pm Irene Lo (Stanford): "Simple and Approximately Optimal Contracts for Payment for Ecosystem Services" [slides]

2:30pm-3:00pm Shaddin Dughmi (USC): "Delegated Probing in Stochastic Combinatorial Optimization" [slides]

3:00pm-3:20pm Coffee Break

3:20pm-4:10pm Recent Research Highlights: Presented Papers (follow link for slides)

4:20pm-4:50pm Panel Discussion on "Future Directions"

Nika Haghtalab (Berkeley)

Brendan Lucier (Microsoft Research)

Ilya Segal (Stanford)

How to Attend

It is possible to participate either in person or remotely.

To attend remotely, please register to the entire virtual conference (and please disregard the artificial attendance cap).

Please see here for further instructions on how to register and attend.


Paul Duetting (Google Research)

Inbal Talgam-Cohen (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

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Related Events

June 2022: A "sister" workshop at STOC'22 TheoryFest organized by Michal Feldman and Brendan Lucier, including our up-to-date tutorial (slides: part 1 and part 2)

July 2019: Our EC'19 tutorial "Contract Theory: A New Frontier for AGT" (recordings: part 1 and part 2)