Since the Autumn of 2016, our Senior student Mark Rogers has been involved in Game-Theory research and, just recently, he travelled to Paris in order to present his work at an international conference.

Mark’s research focused on the question of how the power distribution of the Council of the European Union changes if a member leaves the EU, a topic he explored and developed in cooperation with László Á. Kóczy and Dóra Gréta Petróczy from the Game Theory Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

From the 10th to the 13th of July, Mark was in Paris in order to introduce the current results of his research by giving a lecture at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Association for Public Economic Theory, an international conference on various topics including Labour Economics, Taxation, Law and Economics, Political Economics and Voting, and Game Theory. Academics came from all over the world, as far in the East as Japan and as far West as the United States, to present their papers. Such illustrious institutions as Oxford University, New York University and the University of Columbia were represented.

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For Mark, the journey to Paris proved to be a great experience for a number of reasons. First, he was given the opportunity to explain his research topic in front of an international audience and he engaged in a fruitful discussion with some of the professors who were present and showed a great interest in his lecture. Moreover, he had three days to attend other lectures from the conference programme. He most enjoyed the ones on Game-Theory, especially a presentation on a better-functioning system of migration distribution in the European Union with the help of auction mechanism design and another which looked at the relationship between minimum wage and social network and a treatise on the contemporary question of universal basic income.

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