Irrational Exuberance and Neural Warning Signals During Endogenous Experimental Market Bubbles

Distinguished professors Colin Camerer (California Institute of Technology, Behavioral Economics) and Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania, Computer Science) will visit UBC next week as Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professors. The Vancouver School of Economics is pleased to be a supporter of this visiting professor lecture series.

This is an amazing opportunity hear two of the leading scholars who bridge economics and finance with psychology and neuroscience (Camerer) and machine learning (Kearns).

The lectures are free and registration is not required. There are several opportunities to attend their talks: 

Tuesday (March 11) they will give a joint public lecture in Green College on Beyond Economic Rationality , starting at 5:00pm in the Coach House in Green College (6201 Cecil Green Park Road). This lecture is open to UBC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public.

Wednesday (March 12) they will visit the Vancouver School of Economics and give two seminars:

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Colin Camerer will present: “Irrational Exuberance and Neural Warning Signals During Endogenous Experimental Market Bubbles” in Woodward Building, Room 3 (2194 Health Sciences Mall). This lecture is open to UBC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Michael Kearns will present: “Behavioral Experiments in Networked Trade” in Brock Hall, Room 2365 (1874 East Mall). This lecture is open to UBC faculty and economics students in graduate-level programs of study.


Professor Colin F. Camerer is the Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics at the California Institute of Technology (located in Pasadena, California), where he teaches cognitive psychology and economics.

Professor Camerer earned a BA degree in quantitative studies from Johns Hopkins in 1977, and an MBA in finance (1979) and a Ph.D. in decision theory (1981, at age 22) from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Before coming to Caltech in 1994, Camerer worked at the Kellogg, Wharton, and University of Chicago business schools. He studies both behavioral and experimental economics.

Since 2002,  Professor Michael Kearns has been the National Center Chair in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has secondary appointments in the Statistics and Operations and Information Management (OPIM) departments of the Wharton School. Professor Kearns is the Founding Director of the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences, and the Founding Director of Penn Engineering’s Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS) Program. He is an active member of Penn’s machine learning community PRiML, and an affiliated faculty member of Penn’s Applied Math and Computational Science graduate program. Until July 2006, he was the co-director of Penn’s interdisciplinary Institute for Research in Cognitive Science.

Professor Kearns currently serves as an advisor to the companies Yodle, Wealthfront (formerly known as kaChing), Activate Networks, Convertro, and RootMetrics. He is also involved in the the seed-stage fund Founder Collective. He is a member of the Technial Advisory Board of Microsoft Research Cambridge and the Scientific Advisory Board of Opera Solutions. With Yuriy Nevmyvaka, he also leads a quantitative trading team in a New York City hedge fund.