BOSPHORUS WORKSHOP ON ECONOMIC DESIGN
Each year's Bosphorus Workshop on Economic Design (BWED) is a week-long gathering of a small group of people interested in Economic Design. The Workshop used to meet on the Bosphorus at Bogazici (which means Bosphorus) University, Istanbul and would end with a cruise in this strait, whose name we still carry. In 1983, we took the cruise down South to Bodrum (the ancient Halicarnassos) which is a resort town on the Aegean Coast and since 1984 we have simply taken the Workshop itself on board, going out on a pair of yachts for the entire week of the Workshop. Typically, we embark/disembark at one of the Southwestern Turkish yachting ports of Bodrum, Marmaris or Gocek (by Fethiye). Instead of holding the conference at a hotel, we do it at sea, on our yachts, waking up in a new bay every morning.
From ten to a dozen presentations on Economic Design are made at each workshop. (On two yachts we have a total of ten to twelve cabins, and we average a paper per cabin.) This means about two presentations each morning, beginning after our first breakfast on board, i.e. on the first day after we sail. This is the ``formal" part of the Workshop, and much discussion continues on deck or during a walk on shore or in the sea. During the ``formal" Workshop each morning the two ships are separated, one of them becoming strictly for the sessions and the other serving the accompanying non-economists. The ships are brought back together for lunch and thereafter.
Financial Matters: The Workshops are self-financed, i.e. they
are run on a cost-sharing formula applied to the participants. This
year we expect that it will cost $1600 a couple, including a week's
food and drink and accomodation in the double cabin occupied by the
couple. This includes the service we get from a captain, a cook and a
mate on each yacht. The culinary aspect has so far been pretty
satisfactory. Getting to our point of embarkation and from our point
of disembarkation is the participant's own business, and of course
uncovered by the above formula.
Payment: Half of the above fee is payable by cheque made out to
Semih Koray or Remzi Sanver along with your letter booking a cabin.
(If your letter is received too late and there is no room left, the
torn cheque will be sent back to you by return mail.) This half
payment must be received by May 31, 2004 and it is forfeited if you
can not turn up for the Workshop. (This is necessary to be fair to the
participants sharing costs, for a cabin is difficult to fill on short
notice.) The second half of your payment can be made upon your arrival
Access: Depending on whether you want to see Istanbul, or the
Izmir region(with Ephesus and Pergamon) or Antalya and its
historical surroundings, you can fly into Istanbul, Izmir or
Antalya. Or else you can fly to Dalaman or Bodrum, which are the nearest airport
to our ships. Likewise for the return.
If you need help, please ask for it, and the BWED organizers will try
to be useful.
Alumni of the Workshop are a good source of further information, and
you are likely to be close to someone, so a list of them is included
below for your consultation.
Alumni: Sydney Afriat, Nuray Akin, Charalambos Aliprantis,
Ahmet Alkan, Sumru Altug, Bora Arslan, Mehmet Bac, Nick
Baigent, Salvador Barbera, Erdem Basci, Ken Binmore,
Francis Bloch, Harun Bulut, David Cass, Suchan Chae, Fangruo Chen,
Carl Chiarella, Alexandro Citanna, Sergio Currarini, Todd Davies,
Rajat Deb, Gabrielle Demange, Evsey Domar, Bhaskar Dutta, Nevzat Eren, Haluk Ergin, Maria Paz Espinosa, Joan Esteban, Chaim Fershtman, William Gehrlein, Faruk Gul, David Gale, Lu Hong, Leonid Hurwicz, Tatsuro Ichiishi, Rahmi Ilkilic, Matthew
Jackson, Ayca Kara, Tarik Kara, Ayca Kaya, Cagatay
Kayi, Rich Kihlstrom, Paul Kleindorfer, Semih Koray, Ariane
Lambert-Mogiliansky, John Ledyard, Thomas Marschak, Robin Marris,
Leslie Marx, Michael Maschler, Dennis Mueller, Peter Mueller,
Rosemarie Nagel, Bilin Neyapti, Juan Pablo Nicolini, Jorge Nieto,
Efe Ok, Benan Zeki Orbay, Hakan Orbay, Ipek Ozkal, Szilvia
Papai, Ivan Pastine, Tuvana Pastine, Andy Postlewaite, Luis Quintas,
Martine Quinzii, Roy Radner, Remzi Sanver, Norman Schofield, James
Schummer, Arunava Sen, Ayse Mumcu Serdar, Murat Sertel, Hugo
Sonnenschein, Alexandre Sotskov, Ennio Stacchetti, Alfred Steinherr,
Kotaro Suzumura, William Thomson, Allain Trannoy, Jacques Thisse,
Uriarte, Shlomo Weber, John Weymark, Simon Wilkie, Ali
Veysoglu, Mehmet Emin Yildirim, Muhamet
M. Zarzuelo, Unal Zenginobuz.