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Roberto Serrano

The Digital Revolution: Lights and Shadows

Social Sciences Conference Thursday, November 28, 2019, 19:30 hours Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity. 

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The digital revolution motivated a wave of techno-optimism, justified by what technology does for us on a day-to-day basis: being able to take pictures or recording videos at any time, maintaining real time communications 24 hours/day or guiding us by GPS was unimaginable only 20 years ago. This is good, in principle, but it has a dark side. Misused technology encourages us to be lazy and to replace processes of thought and reflection with the mechanical accumulation of data which, apparently, leads to a clear and objective decision-making.

This dark side is in the basis of numerous modern pathologies. In Academia, for example, we suffer a serious case of "top5itis", a disease that the value of a researcher's work comes down to adding up the number of works he/she has published in the first journals ("Top-5", for example) of a certain ranking. Other similar diseases are found in the world of soccer (VAR-itis), in the new means of transport (scooter-itis) and in society as a whole (digital populism).

This conference will provide the point of view of an academic economist to analyze and describe the distortions that this type of pathologies induce in decision-making processes.

Thursday, November 28

19:00 h.

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19:30 h.


Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra
Director Fundación Ramón Areces.


The Digital Revolution: Lights and Shadows 

Roberto Serrano 
Harrison S. Kravis Professor of Economics, Brown University, EE.UU.

Roberto Serrano is the Harrison S. Kravis Professor of Economics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He held visiting appointments at IMDEA in Madrid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, Princeton University, Universidad Carlos III and CEMFI in Madrid. His fields of interest are microeconomic theory and game theory. He has made contributions to several areas, including implementation theory and mechanism design, bargaining theory, the economics of risk, uncertainty and information, and the theory of general equilibrium.

Prof. Serrano received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1992. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Harvard and a B.A. in economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He has written two books, co-authored with Allan Feldman, and published seventy articles in leading economics, game theory, operations research, and applied mathematics journals. He has also supervised a dozen doctoral dissertations. He is currently the Managing Editor or an Associate Editor of several international journals, and served as referee for many well-known journals, publishers and institutions.

Prof. Serrano was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 2013. In 1999, he was a charter member of the Game Theory Society, and he was an elected member of its Council between 2005 and 2011. He has received several prizes for his research, including the Fundación Banco Herrero Prize, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Merit Fellowship, as wells as two prizes from Spain's National Organization for the Blind in 1993. His research has been supported by grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Fundación Ramón Areces, the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, and the Spanish Dirección General de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas.

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