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CES Guest Book of Visiting Scholars

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Some Entries from the CES Guest Book


Amy Finkelstein, MIT
Distinguished CES Fellow 2019, 19.11.2019 - 22.11.2019

21 November 2019
Thank you so much for your hospitality and for such a wonderful visit. It was a great honor to give the Distinguished Fellow lecture - I do not think I have ever had live music played at a talk before! - and to get to meet with so many interesting faculty members and students. Thank you so much for a fantastic visit.


Luca David Opromolla,
Banco de Portugal
CES Visiting Scholar, 14.10.2019 - 29.10.2019

29 October 2019
It was really a pleasure to spend 2 weeks here. You offer a rare combination of engaged researchers, interesting seminars, very pleasant people in the faculty and staff, and beautiful location. We felt that mix of enthusiam, peace and tranquility that is key to make progress in research. Thank you very much.


Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato,
Duke University
CES Visiting Scholar, 22.06.2019 - 19.07.2019

11 July 2019
Thank you for the invitation to visit LMU, CES, and ifo this summer! I had a terrific time and it was great to interact with old friends and to start new friendships.Thanks to Andreas Peichl & Clemens Fuest for inviting me and to the excellent faculty and PhD students for providing a stimulating research environment. I also want to thank Ulrike, Renate and Martina for all the administrative support. Finally, my wife and son are also thankful for providing us with childcare support. As a family, we could not have visited Munich absent this support. It goes to show the CES visitors program is leading by example in the effort to support working families. Thanks again! Can't wait to come back!

Paolo Giovanni Piacquadio, University of Oslo
CES Visiting Scholar, 21.06.2019 - 12.07.2019

11 July 2019
My research stay at CES is getting close to its end. It has been a fantastic period. I truly enjoyed the sparkling and intense academic life, the discussions with inhouse and visitor researchers, the high level research seminars, and the time I had available to progress on my research. If this was not enough, Munich offers a great landscape with plenty of cultural activities, excellent biking opportunities, and superlative food. For all this, I would like to heartfully thank CES for this opportunity. A particular thank to my hosts and to Ulrike Gasser, who fixed several small bureaucratic issues and made sure my stay was smooth. I look forward to visiting again during the next years.


Woan Foong Wong,
University of Oregon
CES Visiting Scholar, 13.05.2019 - 30.06.2019

27 June 2019
Thank you for hosting me at CES. I have had an extremely fruitful and productive time here. It has been fantastic getting to know the LMU faculty and the other visiting researchers. I sincerely thank Carsten Eckel & Dominik Sachs for inviting me & organizing my visit. Also, many thanks to Martina, Ulrike, and Ursula for taking care of the logistics during my stay. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here as well as the great academic environment and look forward to visiting again!

Gordon Dahl, University of California, San Diego
CES Visiting Scholar, 01.04.2019 - 31.05.2019

29 May 2019
Thanks for a wonderful stay in Munich. The collaboration between CES, ifo, and LMU made for an intellectually stimulating environment. There were many interesting seminars and workshops to attend. But the highlight of my visit was getting to interact with Helmut Rainer at ifo on some new research projects. These are the types of collaboration which the CESifo network is so good at facilitating. Here's to many more productive visits in the future!

Michael Reiter, Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS)
CES Visiting Scholar, 05.05.2019 - 17.05.2019

17 May 2019
I have been staying here for only two weeks, and I interacted mostly with PhD students and going faculty, and I am quite impressed by their quality and their ideas/projects, so I was having very productive discussions, and I am confident I can stay in touch with people here. So it was a very good time, thank you!

Martin Besfamille, Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC)
CES Visiting Scholar, 19.01.2019 - 20.02.2019

19 February 2019
In a couple of hours I will leave from Munich. I have spent a month at CES, whose hospitality I sincerely thank. This academic visit will be unforgettable.
During my interactions with the members of the Economic Department of LMU, and ifo, I could realize the commitment to high-quality research of this group of people. I hope to be able to collaborate with some of them in the near future.
I also had great conversations with students that attended my lectures. I thank them for their openness to tell me about their Ph.D. projects. Some of them seem quite promising.
I received excellent comments and suggestions during and after my seminar presentation. I am sure that they will help me to improve the final version of my paper.
The academic environment at CES would be impossible without the invaluable help of all the staff. Some secretaries had infinite patience, answering all my emails sent before my arrival to Munich, with questions related not only to academic issues but, more importantly to logistics (I did not mention that I came here with all my family: Maria Elena, Agustin, Pablo and Matias).
Last, I would like to thank the possibility that CES gave me to lodge in one of the apartments at IBZ, which also made my stay great. Indeed, its comfort, size, equipment, and location are remarkable. I do hope to come back soon!


Yilin Hou,
Maxwell School, Syracuse University
CES Visiting Scholar, 19.11.2018 - 13.01.2019

10 January 2019
This has been an extraordinary visit and research experience. It is rewarding - I was able to hold in-depth discussions with several senior faculty of CES and ifo - the unique composition (organization) of the CESifo Group makes it possible to have really inter-disciplinary explorations. This is especially valuable in an era when it is even difficult to talk with scholars working in different areas of the same discipline.
The research environment is nourishing with the multiple seminars, talks, workshops make possible with the rich resources. Thus, faculty of LMU, researchers of ifo, and visitors all benefit a lot. CESifo is already a hub of ideas.
The office space and administrative support as well as lodging are also very satisfactory. Thanks to all.

Claudia Steinwender, MIT Sloan School of Management
CES Visiting Scholar, 02.12.2018 - 15.12.2018

12 December 2018
Thank you for your hospitality that made me enjoy my stay enormously. I had so many interesting and inspiring conversations with your faculty, postdocs and PhD students, and even other CES visitors! The program is a great addition to the already dynamic research environment here in Munich.
Thanks also for everything the amazing support staff did - they truly can help with anything!

Mara Squicciarini, Bocconi University
CES Visiting Scholar, 06.11.2018 - 04.12.2018

3 December 2018
Thank you very much for the enjoyable and productive stay. It's been truly great to interact and discuss with faculty & students, and to attend the very interesting seminar. Also thanks to the great staff support!! I will be back soon!


Ananish Chaudhuri, University of Auckland, NZ
CES Visiting Scholar, 02.07.2018 - 03.08.2018

30 July 2018
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the faculty, staff and students of CES; in particular Martina, Ulrike and Renate. I had a wonderful time here! This applies both to CES and to Munich. I really enjoyed my interactions with the students who attended my lectures.
The facilities at the IBZ guesthouse are great. Thank you for lending me the bike. I had a great time riding it through the English Gardens.
I hope to come back again if the opportunity arises.
Vielen Dank für Ihre Gastfreundschaft! (Thank you for your hospitality! Hope I got that correct!)


Jing Xing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
CES Visiting Scholar, 04.06.2018 - 17.06.2018

14 June 2018
Dear CES members,
Thanks a lot for your great hospitality during my visit. It has been a very productive two weeks where I met with many intellectual students and researchers. I would like to thank Professor Clemens Fuest for his kind invitation, which gave me the opportunity to visit both the University and the very beautiful city. I would also like to thank the CES staff, in particular Ms. Martina Grass and Ms. Ulrike Gasser for their support. My gratitude is also towards everyone who attended my lectures - you had been a wonderful audience! Thank you again!


Olivier Bos, Panthéon-Assas University
CES Visiting Scholar, 23.01.2018 - 28.02.2018

27 February 2018
Dear CES team,
Thank you very much for the wonderful and very productive stay I had at the CES. The intellectual life at CES is welcoming, very inspiring and dynamic. Research seminars were excellent and I had great and stimulating interactions with faculty members, other guests and students.
Many thanks to Martina, Ulrike, Renate and Ursula for the fantastic organisation, their help and kindness.
I enjoyed very much my stay and hope I can come back soon.

Michael Weber,  University of Chicago
CES Visiting Scholar, 28.08.2017 - 08.09.2017

7 September 2017
Dear CES team,
I had a wonderful and productive time at CES and want to express my deepest gratitude. The hospitality and professionalism of the whole team is second to none and the many stimulating and thaught-provoking meetings and interactions with everyone, faculty, PhD students, friends, across departments of the university, across universities, but also the ifo Institute make Munich a special place; not to speak of the perfect location, the many beergardens, and the stellar food. Thanks! 


Yoshiyasu Ono
, Osaka University
CES Visiting Scholar, 27.06.2017 - 24.09.2017

19 September 2017
Four years ago I visited CES and had a wonderful time. Since then I had been hoping to visit here again and it was happily realized. It was a great privilege for me. This time my stay was even more productive and enjoyable. It started by a very interesting conference at ifo. Then I had joint work with Professor Illing and one of his junior faculty members. Also, I had interesting and delightful discussions with several students. I very much appreciate them for their warm hospitality. In addition to researches, I very much enjoyed visiting a lot of museums, listening to wonderful music in various places, including Cuvilliés theatre, Herkulessaal, and Bayerische Staatsoper, and even watching football games. Munich is full of cultural attractions!
I thank all the CES staff for their very kind and helpful support.
Three months have so fast passed and I have to return to Osaka very soon. I am sure I will miss LMU and Munich. I hope I can come here once again.


Malin Arve, NHH
CES Visiting Scholar, 15.05.2017 - 15.06.2017

12 June 2017
Dear CES Team,
Thank you for your kind and impeccable hospitality and for hosting me during this month. I have had a wonderfully productive and stimulating stay here at the CES. I hope that I will have the opportunity to come back soon!

Carsten Sprenger, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
CES Visiting Scholar, 29.01.2017 - 26.02.2017

25 February 2017
Dear CES team,
I would like to thank you for your great hospitality, perfect organization, and friendly environment that made working here really enjoyable. After more than 15 years studying and working abroad I very much benefitted from the many conversations with professors, researchers and PhD students at LMU, ifo and TUM. I enjoyed the preparation of my CES lectures, the interaction with students in class, my walks between ifo and CES through the English Garden and overall the great research environment!

Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics Foundation (TSE)
CES Visiting Scholar, 15.11.2016 - 17.11.2016

16 November 2016
Dear friends of CESifo,
Thanks for your very kind hospitality. It was a great honor and pleasure to be invited to deliver the laudatio for my friend Bengt Holmström, 2016 distinguished CES fellow. Full of fond memories, from my own ceremony when I became distinguished CES fellow. All the best for your future undertaking; and I look forward to my next visit!