Initiative for Computational Economics (ICE)

July 16–27, 2012

Each year, the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics cosponsors the Initiative for Computational Economics (ICE) summer program.

This intensive session is designed for promising scholars and graduate students in economics, computer science, and applied mathematics. It offers unique hands-on opportunities to explore state-of-the-art computational methods for use in the solution and empirical estimation of economic models. These skills are important in many areas of policy-relevant economic research, yet are not covered in depth in most PHD programs.

During the two-week program, leading experts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, model building, estimating and testing, statistical methods, algorithm development, numerical analysis, and other fields provide tutorials on computational topics. Participants learn to use advanced software, and choose a problem or question to solve with their new skills and tools in group projects. About 45 participants attend the sessions held at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Learn more about ICE here or visit the web site at