Conference Celebrating the Scholarly Career of David Austen-Smith

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

The Kellogg School of Management is pleased to host a conference in honor of David Austen-Smith’s 26 years of service at Northwestern and 18 years at Kellogg as a faculty member. Professor Austen-Smith is renowned for his work in the area of formal models of political institutions. He has authored seminal papers in areas including strategic voting, information aggregation in elections, lobbying and political communication more broadly. Sponsored by the Managerial Economics and Decision Science Department at Kellogg, the conference will feature papers by respected scholars in areas related to formal political economy.

The one and a half day conference will kick off on Friday afternoon on June 17, 2022. The conference concludes on Saturday, June 18 after a luncheon.

June 17-18, 2022

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

David Austen-Smith

David Austen-Smith is the Peter G. Peterson Professor of Corporate Ethics, and Professor of Political Science and Economics.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Emily Foley


Friday, June 17, 2022

Time Event Location
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Global Hub, Room 5101
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Global Hub, Room 5101
2:30pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Cathy Hafer, “Competence and Advice
Global Hub, Room 5101
4:30pm – 5:00pm
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Cocktail Hour
Allen Center
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Allen Center

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Time Event Location
8:00am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
Global Hub, Room 5101
9:00am – 10:30am
Cesar Martinelli, “Razor-Thin Elections
Global Hub, Room 5101
10:30am – 10:45am
10:45am – 11:45am
Discussion of works by David Austen-Smith: Daniel Diermeier, John Duggan and Tim Feddersen
Global Hub, Room 5101
11:45am – 12:00pm
Remarks: David Austen-Smith
Global Hub, Room 5101
Allen Center


Getting Here & Parking

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. Pre-arranged rides start at approximately $35 from O’Hare and $50 from Midway. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly. 
Upon arriving, park at North Campus Parking Garage (2311 North Campus Drive.)  After parking, proceed to the elevator nearest stairwell A or B (south side of the garage) to the first floor. Exit the garage and cross Campus Drive: take the sidewalk to the left (east) of the Searle Building. Continue south, following the signs to the Kellogg Global Hub on the east (left) side of the walkway (Map below). Before leaving the Global Hub, make sure to ask the front desk staff for a validated parking ticket to exit the garage.

Where to Stay

We have secured a hotel room block at the Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston for out of state guests. Please visit the room block booking link or call 847-864-2300 and reference group name “G-FDAS” to book a room at the discounted rate.

Public Transportation

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) maintains an extensive system of elevated trains (also known as “the L”) and buses throughout Chicago and Evanston. The train stop closest to Kellogg is the Purple Line Foster stop on Church and Davis Streets. The 201 bus departs from the Howard St. terminal and stops on the corner of Foster and Sheridan.

Be advised, while inexpensive, taking the CTA from the airport can take up to 90 minutes and requires transferring trains.