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Guide to the NSF/CEME Decentralization Conference Records, 1961-1996

Summary

The NSF/CEME Decentralization Conference seminars are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and administered through the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). This collection includes materials relating to the planning and programming of the Decentralization Conferences during Roy Radner's tenure as coordinator.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11405
Title
NSF/CEME Decentralization Conference Records
Date
1961-1996
Creator
NSF/CEME Decentralization Conference
Extent
3 Linear Feet, 55 Megabytes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Most of the NSF/CEME Decentralization Conference Records are from Roy Radner’s tenure as coordinator (1961-1996). Paper records been divided into two series, Conferences and Seminars, and Administrative Files. Conferences and Seminars consists of programs, correspondence, conference papers and abstracts, notes, memos, planning documents, reports, and survey responses. Most of the documents are from the Decentralization conferences and seminars spanning the years 1971-1996; these are arranged alphabetically by conference title, and chronologically by year within each conference. The Administrative Files series includes documents more generally pertaining to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and National Science Foundation (NSF), such as correspondence, annual reports, and memoranda. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Accession 2017-0040 also includes 55 megabytes of digital records that are closed pending processing.

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[Identification of item], Decentralization Conference Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Conferences and Seminars, 1971-1996

Conferences and Seminars consists of programs, correspondence, conference papers and abstracts, notes, memos, planning documents, reports, and survey responses. Most of the documents are from the Decentralization conferences and seminars spanning the years 1971-1996. Also included are a handful of conferences sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and National Science Foundation (NSF), such as the Conference on Decision Rules & Uncertainty, Conference-Seminar on the Theory of General Economic Equilibrium, Conference on Theoretical Industrial Organization, and the Seminar on Bayesian Inference in Econometrics. Arranged alphabetically by conference title, and chronologically by year within each conference.

Decentralization Seminar, 1971 February
(3 folders)

Planning and programming documents, correspondence, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1971 June
(2 folders)

Correspondence, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1972 February

Program, correspondence, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Conference Seminar, 1972 June
(2 folders)

Programs summary reports, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1973

Correspondence, notes, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1973-1974

Planning documents for 1974 conference

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1974
(2 folders)

Correspondence, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Conference, 1974-1975
(4 folders)

Correspondence, conference papers, list of participants, survey responses, steering committee meeting minutes for 1975 conference

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1976

Program, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1977
(2 folders)

Program, correspondence, conference papers, steering committee memos and notes

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1978

Program, correspondence, rapporteur's report, notes

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1979
(2 folders)

Program, correspondence, rapporteur's report, notes, memos

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1980
(6 folders)

Program, correspondence, conference papers, list of participants, survey responses, notes

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1981
(2 folders)

Correspondence, rapporteur's report

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1982
(2 folders)

Program, correspondence, reports

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1983

Program, correspondence, conference papers

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1985
(2 folders)

Program, correspondence

Box 1
Decentralization Seminar, 1986

Program, correspondence, conference papers, notes

Box 2
Decentralization Seminar, 1987

Program, correspondence, conference paper

Box 2
Decentralization Seminar, 1985-1989

Programs, correspondence, notes

Box 2
Decentralization Conference, 1994

Program, conference papers

Box 2
Decentralization Conference, 1996

Program, conference papers

Box 2
Microeconomics Workshop, 1987

Programs, correspondence, notes

Box 2
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference on the Analysis of Consumer Expenditure Data, 1974

Program

Box 2
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference on Decision Rules & Uncertainty, 1974

Conference papers

Box 2
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference on Education as an Industry, 1971

Program

Box 2
National Bureau of Economic Research Conference-Seminar on the Theory of General Economic Equilibrium, 1975

Correspondence, conference paper abstracts

Box 2
National Science Foundation Conference on Theoretical Industrial Organization, 1976

Program

Box 2
National Science Foundation Seminar on Bayesian Inference in Econometrics, 1976

Program

Box 2

2. Administrative Files, 1961-1995

Administrative Files consists of documents more generally pertaining to the National Bureau of Economic Research, National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research. Documents include correspondence, annual reports, and memoranda. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

National Bureau of Economic Research Correspondence, 1975-1976
Box 2
National Bureau of Economic Research Memoranda, 1970-1977
Box 2
National Bureau of Economic Research Planning Documents, 1976-1977

Program, participants, and notes from previous meetings

Box 2
National Bureau of Economic Research Expense Forms, 1980
Box 2
National Science Foundation Grant, 1976-1981
(3 folders)

Correspondence, reports

Box 2
Office of Naval Research Final Report and Inventory of Research, 1961-1971
(2 folders)

Annual and summary reports

Box 2
Assorted articles, 1994-1995
(3 folders)
Box 2
 

Historical Note

The Decentralization Conference-Seminars are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and administered through the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). The CEME, Conferences on Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, was created to form several series of standing national seminars on various topics. Both the General Equilibrium and Decentralization conference series were formed out of the mathematical economics side of the organization. The Decentralization Conference was first coordinated by Roy Radner. The conference is traditionally held once a year, but occasionally more often. The first Decentralization Conference was held at UC Berkeley in 1971.

The term decentralization refers to the starting point of many of the problems addressed in the series: the necessary information starts in a decentralized state. Much of the conference series has focused on questions of design and of various systems for production and allocation of goods, services, and information. These range from understanding voting systems to markets to the organization of the internal lines of communication and assignment of tasks within a firm. Topics covered at past conferences include: mechanism and market design, recourse allocation, matching, team theory, contracting, organization of the firm, communication, computation, and processing of information. Currently, the Decentralization conference series includes the design of any institutions, contracts, organizations, or relationships in which information and/or incentives play a role.


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Provenance

The Decentralization Conference Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift of Theodore Groves in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Paul Sommerfeld, April 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0045