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    Data Attributes

    • data-type - news (specifies news processor)
    • data-url - url of page to grab news from
    • data-noimage - comma-delimited image urls to replace missing images from news posts / featured image (widest in post). If multiple images are supplied one will be selected at random
    • data-featured-width - specify the minimum width for the featured image. If no content images are suitable it will default to images specified in data-noimage
    • data-categories - querying the feed keywords only pull categories specified (comma delimited - if your tag has a comma in it please escape it with a backslash \,)
    • data-categories-logic - handle multiple categories with logic OR or AND (default OR)
    • data-ignore-categories - do not include the specified categories in the return (comma delimited - if your tag has a comma in it please escape it with a backslash \,)
    • data-order - any template variable below ASC / DESC (ASC default)
    • data-limit - limit the number of results
    • data-local-href - allow the {href} template variable to link to the newsbuilder page (false default)
    • data-schedule-update - force an update of the page (comma delimited - use string value dates described here, preferably in the format 1:30am)

    Content Variables

    Variables placed at the start of a new paragraph in newsbuilder that influence the behaviour of specific posts (options are all comma delimited). Usage:

    variable: option1,option2
    • categories - keywords
    • keywords - keywords
    • tags - keywords
    • authors - usernames
    • related - urls
    • title - overwrite page title

    Template Variables

    • {sitebuilderID} - id of the item in sitebuilder
    • {sitebuilderEdit} - url to edit the item
    • {sitebuilderDelete} - url to delete the item
    • {title} - title of news post
    • {titleNormalised} - convert accents and other special chars to their basic equivalent
    • {categories} - comma delimited categories
    • {classes} - space delimited lowercase categories (useful for classes)
    • {publicationDate} - publication date in default style i.e. Friday 6 Jun 2014
    • {publicationDateTS} - publication date millsecond timestamp
    • {lastUpdated} - last updated date in default style i.e. Friday 6 Jun 2014
    • {lastUpdatedTS} - last updated date millsecond timestamp
    • {image} - image src for the post, if empty can have default applied to attribute data-noimage
    • {featuredImage} - widest image in the content, if empty can have default applied by attribute data-noimage
    • {excerpt} - content stripped of HTML tags
    • {content} - content
    • {paragraphExcerpt(x)} - Any paragraphs found in the content where x corresponds to the order in which it is found stripped of HTML tags
    • {paragraphContent(x)} - Any paragraphs found in the content where x corresponds to the order in which it is found
    • {paragraphClass(x)} - Any paragraphs found in the content where x corresponds to the order in which it is found creating a class name based on the id followed by "-p" then x, i.e. news-p1
    • {contentUrl(x)} - Any urls found in the content will create a set of links where x corresponds to the order in which it is found
    • {image(x)} - Any images found in the content will create a set of links where x corresponds to the order in which it is found
    • {href} - link to news post or to the URL field if "Use a pre-existing web page for this item's detail" is selected

    Example

    <div id="news" data-type="news" data-url="/fac/soc/economics/intranet/news/" data-noimage="/fac/soc/economics/staff/placeholder.png"data-limit="10">
    <h2><a href="{href}">{title}</a> </h2>
    <p>{publicationDate}</p>
    <p><img src="{image}" border="0" height="150" /></p>
    <p>{excerpt}</p>
    </div>

    Output

    Categories: promoted

    Evidence of Midlife Suicide among Females in Western Society. New research from the University of Warwick documents modern international evidence of a midlife peak in suicide risk. The pattern is particularly marked among females, and within the English-speaking countries. In many nations it also holds for males. Middle-aged people now commit suicide at almost twice the rate of individuals in their 30s or 60s. Researchers Andrew Oswald and Ahmed Tohamy point out that the midlife-crisis pattern is consistent with mounting evidence of other kinds. The now-regular wellbeing surveys by the UK Office for National Statistics, for example, reveal that happiness is lowest among those close to 50 years old. Similar evidence is emerging for other European nations and the United States. The authors examine information on 28 countries. They point out that suicide research has typically focused on males, and that it is often wrongly believed by the public that suicide is mainly a problem of the young. “Suicide among the middle-aged, in the richest and safest societies ever known in human history, is a major paradox and public-policy concern. Not only does it matter in itself - it is also a marker of a wider phenomenon of midlife distress. What is it that is going wrong in people’s lives around the late 40s, when individuals tend to be prosperous, still healthy, and at the height of their powers?” said Andrew Oswald, a professor of economics and behavioural science at Warwick. The authors consider the theory, due originally to the psychologist Elliott Jaques in the 1960s, that in the middle of life a human being eventually becomes cognizant of their own mortality. The midlife patterns may also relate to dashed aspirations, the authors believe, or it might even be deeply biological in some way not currently understood. The authors point out that some recent research has found evidence of a psychological midlife low in great apes. “It may be that humans have an innate tendency to a midlife low”, said Andrew Oswald. To read the full working paper, see link below: Female Suicide and the Concept of the Midlife Crisis


    Categories: promoted,homepage,hidden

    On 19-20 May, 2017, our Department collaborated with two US university departments to discuss political economy research in Venice. The Department of Economics at Warwick joined forces with the Department of Politics at Princeton University and the Department of Finance at University of Utah to organise the annual Political Economy Conference 2017 held at Warwick in Venice. Since it first began in 2012, the Political Economy Conference is now in its sixth year and has become an established major academic event where the top Political Economy researchers in the profession from the US and Europe meet annually. More than 60 faculty delegates discussed political economy research at Warwick in Venice venue, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. The conference featured 10 seminar talks on both theoretical, experimental and empirical political economy spread over two days. These talks were given by new promising assistant professors as well as by very established scholars, such as David Levine (European University Institute), Thomas Palfrey (Caltech), James Snyder (Harvard University), among many others. Besides the regular faculty members from over 20 universities around the world, several outstanding PhD and postdoctoral students from Warwick and other universities that will be on the academic job market soon also attended and exchanged their research ideas with the more senior researchers. The amazing appeal and location of the Palazzo in downtown Venice as well as the Venetian weather made the academic exchange all the more enjoyable. The highlights of the conference were dinner at Paradiso Perduto - a very typical Venetian tavern and lunches in the cloisters of the I Gesuiti church, both less than a couple minutes’ walk from the Warwick in Venice Palazzo.


    Categories: promoted,department

    Economics students and staff as well as the wider university community had the opportunity to listen to Oliver Hart deliver a guest lecture on 'Incomplete Contracts and Control’, which was a version of his Nobel Prize Lecture, originally delivered on 8 December 2016 at the Aula Magna, Stockholm University. Professor Oliver Hart is currently the Andrew E Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1993. Born in Britain, he gained a BA in Mathematics at King's College, Cambridge in 1969, an MA in Economics at Warwick in 1972, and a PhD in Economics at Princeton University in 1974. The University awarded Professor Hart an honorary degree in 2012. The guest lecture forms part of the VC's Distinguished Lecture Series that aims to bring prominent public speakers from across the globe, primarily in the field of academia, business, the arts and civil society to share their ideas and thoughts. After the lecture students had the opportunity to talk to the speaker and ask questions relating to his lecture and for some, even an opportunity to have a photo taken with a Nobel Prize winner. If you missed the guest lecture, a video recording will be published here shortly.


    Categories: department

    This year we hosted the fifth annual Warwick Economics PhD Conference on 26-27 April 2017. The event was organised by PhD students with the help of the Events Team and with financial support from the Department. The two-month application process started in the beginning of December 2016, and yielded approximately 230 applications from top institutions in the United States, Europe and Asia. This impressive level of interest provided a challenging task for the selection committee, consisting of Warwick PhD students and faculty. In the end, the 230 applications were narrowed down to a mere 12 invitations to present and 6 poster session slots, with selections made on the basis of novelty and methodological rigour. The final set of delegates consisted of PhD students from leading institutions of economics research in the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and Europe (including Brown, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, London School of Economics, Oxford, Warwick, Hebrew University, Paris School of Economics and Pompeu Fabra). Topics came from a wide range of fields and covered issues such as identity and discrimination, manufacturing sector wages and trade costs, optimal information acquisition, the effect of commercial television on voter behaviour, and many others. Presenters received feedback from PhD students and faculty in the Department and all talks were followed by extensive discussions. On the social side, lunch and dinner events gave plenty of opportunities for networking among researchers and contributed to the relaxed atmosphere of the conference. Feedback received from delegates suggests that the event was successful in its objective of providing a forum for constructive comments on ongoing research and for learning about projects pursued by peers in other academic institutions. Moreover, it gave an opportunity for Warwick students to informally discuss their own work and to promote the Department’s PhD programme to students in similar programmes across the globe. More information on the participants and their projects can be found here.


    Categories: featured,homepage

    The Department of Economics at Warwick is pleased to be ranked 3rd in the subject league table for Economics in the Complete University Guide 2018 cementing our position as one of the leading Economics departments in the UK, The Complete University Guide is an independent and trusted league table. The Complete University Guide combines several different quality indicators including ones on teaching, as measured by the National Student Survey 2016 results, and research, as measured by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. As such, these rankings aim to recognise the overall quality of a Department. The Head of Department, Professor Jeremy Smith said: To again be ranked in the top 3 Economics Departments in the country is testament to the commitment of my colleagues to the Department and for that I remain truly grateful. Professor Jeremy Smith


    Categories: promoted,homepage

    From left Tim Maecker, Doctor Jason Furman, David Henning and Marcel Schlepper We are pleased to announce that three final year Economics students presented their RAE dissertations at the prestigious Carroll Round International Conference, which took place at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. on 20-23 April 2017. The Conference provides a unique forum for research and discussion among the world’s top undergraduates and encourages and supports scholarly innovation in the field of Economics. The 16th Annual Carroll Round took place on 20-23 April 2017 at Georgetown University, where our students David Henning, Tim Maecker and Marcel Schlepper presented the following papers: ‘Exploring conflict in Nigeria: does the rapacity effect dominate across local government areas in Nigeria?’ David Henning (RAE Tutor: Stefania Paredes Fuentes) ‘Do language and cultural barriers enable firms to price discriminate between countries in the European Union?’ Tim Maecker (RAE Tutor: Amira Elasra) ‘Comrade, have you seen the latest polls? A quantitative analysis of the impact of national election polls on vote defection in the European Parliament’ Marcel Schlepper (RAE Tutor: Vera Troeger) Top Prizes: ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Participant’ We are also absolutely delighted that two of the three conference prizes this year went to Warwick students! Congratulations to Tim Maecker who was awarded the Prize for ‘Best Paper’ and to David Henning who was awarded the Prize for ‘Best Participant’. Each year, as RAE module leader, Dr. Gianna Boero, invites RAE tutors to nominate students with promising dissertation projects for consideration for departmental endorsement of their submission to the Carroll Round. This is an annual conference which attracts students from top undergraduate programmes, including the universities of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, MIT, LSE, Oxford, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Those students whose submissions are successful are then given financial support by the department to attend the conference and present the results of their research. “Year after year, RAE students have been remarkably successful in having their submitted papers accepted for presentation at Georgetown University’s prestigious Carroll Round (24 acceptances since 2007). Also, through the years, our students have earned various prestigious awards at the conference (6 awards since 2011), and I am especially thrilled to hear that this year two of the three conference awards have gone to Warwick Economics students, demonstrating, once again, that Warwick students are among the very best in the world. Congratulations again to Marcel, Tim and David for having their RAE papers accepted for presentation at the Carroll Round, and also congratulations to Tim for winning the award for Best Paper and to David for winning the award for Best Participant. “ David, Tim and Marcel report: “We had the privilege to participate in a lecture with renowned Professor Nobuhiro Kiyotaki as part of the conference”. Year after year, RAE students have been remarkably successful in having their submitted papers accepted for presentation at Georgetown University’s prestigious Carroll Round (24 acceptances since 2007), an annual conference which attracts students from top undergraduate programmes, including the universities of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, MIT, LSE, Oxford, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Also, RAE students have earned various prestigious awards at the conference through the years, and I am delighted that this year two awards have gone to Warwick Economics students! Congratulations to Marcel, Tim and David for having their paper accepted for presentation at the Carroll round conference, and also congratulations to Tim for winning the award for Best Paper and to David for winning the award for Best Participant. Gianna Boero, RAE module leader


    Categories: featured,homepage,postgraduate,department

    First year undergraduate student Bisman Deu has been listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia List – Class of 2017. Bisman has been recognised for her innovative projects Green Wood and Colour the World Pink. At the age of 15, Bisman invented "Green Wood", a low-cost material made of rice waste which could be used to build housing for the underprivileged. The product also reduced rice burning in North India, a major contributor to pollution across the region. The inspiring Economics student, was also selected by UNICEF to be a keynote speaker and panelist at their State of the World’s Children event in New York. Bisman is not only passionate about sustainability and innovation, but is also an ardent supporter of women’s rights and empowerment which led her to start her own campaign, ‘Colour the World Pink’. This aims at promoting entrepreneurship and leadership among girls with an attempt to bridge the ambition gap. To be featured alongside the best and brightest in Asia is a dream come true and I am rendered speechless and absolutely humbled. The list includes honourees from 24 countries across Asia Pacific, making it one of the world's most exclusive clubs. I will be attending a conference which will gather both honourees and alumni in Manila, Philippines this July. Being able to represent Warwick not only at the Women Economic Forum but on the Forbes list is such a huge honour. I hope I can continue to make my institution proud.


    Categories: in the media

    Dr Stefano visited the University in March and presented a 360Lecture


    Categories: in the media

    Professor Abhinay Muthoo in The Conversation


    Categories: in the media

    Daniel Sgroi and Eugenio Proto research on happiness featured in the Dailymail.