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Week 6

Department News

Long Service Awards

Congratulations to Ben Lockwood and Gianna Boero who were both recognised for their 20 years services to the University and Margaret Nash for 30 years service. Recipients of these long service awards were invited to join VC Stuart Croft and others from across the University where they were rewarded at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday 19th September 2018.


The Economics of the Great War: A centennial perspective

The Economics of the Great War: A centennial perspective, co-edited by Stephen Broadberry and Mark Harrison, was published by CEPR as a VoxEU eBook on Tuesday 6 November. The book includes chapters by Steve, Mark, and former Warwick Economics Marie Curie fellows Jari Eloranta and Andrei Markevich.A VoxEU summary is here

In Birmingham on Wednesday 7 November, Mark Harrison spoke about his book The Soviet Economy and the Approach of War, 1937-1939 (co-authored with R. W. Davies, Oleg Khlevniuk, and Stephen Wheatcroft), the concluding volume of the series The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia (Palgrave, 2018), at a book launch jointly sponsored by CAGE and the University of Birmingham Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies.

Warwick Internship Scheme for Economists (WISE) - update

The WISE scheme (Warwick Internship Scheme for Economists) was launched in recent weeks requesting departmental staff to propose research-based, teaching-based or administrative-based topic which they are looking for assistance from students. The aim of the scheme is to provide opportunities for our UG and PG students to further enhance their employability skills by engaging in these projects identified within the Department.

Applications have closed for the scheme and there are 5 projects in total submitted. 4 research projects and 1 admin project. All of the projects have been given approval to go ahead and these were advertised to students this week. You can find out more about these projects here.

PG & Christmas Party Invite 2018

Christmas is coming and you are warmly invited to attend our PG & Staff Christmas Party on Thursday 29 November from 19:00 in Panorama Room, Rootes Building. Perhaps the most anticipated event of the year by staff and PG students, this will be a fantastic opportunity to socialise, dance and have an overall great time with our Postgraduates.

Please feel free to invite your partners and family. Christmas themed dinner will be available throughout the event. Please confirm your attendance by return of e-mail to economics dot events at warwick dot ac dot uk, mentioning any dietary requirements you may have.

Running Club at Economics

Interesting in stretching your legs once or twice a week? Members of the Department have been regularly running every Monday and Thursday at 12:30pm completing a 5k run around the campus. If you would like join them, email Neil Gatty ( They welcome all runners of all abilities.

Publications, Presentations, Working Papers, Talks & Awards

Arun Advani presented "Informal Insurance and Poverty Traps" at the North Eastern Universities Development Conference in Cornell, Ithaca on 27 October.

Jonathan Cave has the following updates:

  • Met the Director-General of DCMS to discuss Internet Regulation, followed by interactive seminar on digital competition to DCMS policy staff (with Chris Marsden and Kevin Coates) on 6 November.
  • Gave a speech on Internet of Things data flows (economics, ethics and standardisation) at the Internet Governance Forum in Paris on 13 November.
  • Particpated in the DCMS scoping workshop to prepare a bid to the UK Research and Innovation's Strategic Priorities Fund (scientifically-excellent research programmes on areas of high priority for UK government departments) concerning privacy/disinformation harms and mitigation research on 16 November.
  • Gave a speech at the 10th Annual International Centre for Parliamentary Studies Regulatory Affairs Symposium in London on “Utilising Impact Assessments to Inform Future Regulation” on 20 November.

Andy Ferrara presented his paper "World War II and African American Socioeconomic Progress" at:

  • the University of Melbourne on 29 October
  • Monash University on 31 October
  • University of New South Wales on 1 November
  • the Australian National University on 5 November
  • the Social Science History Association annual meeting in Phoenix on 10 November.

Andy also presented “Fatherless: The long-term effect of losing a father in the U.S. Civil War” (with Yannick Dupraz) at:

  • the Australasian Cliometrics workshop in Adelaide on 2 November
  • the Social Science History Association annual meeting in Phoenix on 10 November

Peter Hammond presented his work "Monte Carlo Integration in Aggregative Large Games" at the 4th Lancaster Game Theory Conference on 2 and 3 November.

Media Coverage

Should you take your staff on a corporate away day or is it a waste of time? We look at the merits and review four of the best” - Andy Oswald's research mentioned - This is Money, 19 October 2018

"How Purposeful Kindness Can Make You A Better Leader" - Andrew Oswald's research mentioned - Forbes, 24 October 2018

"Business panel gives its view on the Budget" - Jonathan Cave quoted - Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, 2 November 2018

"The Capital at the Birmingham Rep Studio was thought-provoking theatre on city life" - Marcus Miller - Droitwich Standard, 29 October 2018

"Brexit has already hurt EU and non-EU exports by up to 13% – new research" - Christian Soegaard in conjunction with Mustapha Douch & T Huw Edwards - The Conversation, 23 October 2018.

"Why Chris Grayling’s flotilla plan will sink" - Christian Soegaard in conjunction with Mustapha Douch & T Huw Edwards - Financial Times, 24 October 2018.

[Radio Interview] - Interviewed about 'Nudge Theory' - Daniel Sgroi - BBC Radio 4 Programme, 8 November 2018.

Department Diary

  • PG & Staff Christmas Event | 29 November | 7pm onwards | Panorama, Rootes Building
  • Political Economy Conference 2019 | 23-24 March | All day | Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice
  • Tea @3 (every Wednesday) | 3.00-3.30pm | Staff Common Room | Social Sciences Building

Staff Spotlight

Emil Kostadinov is in the spotlight for this week's new starter interview - find out more about him.

Other News

Religion on Campus

Dr Elisabeth Arweck – Principal Research Fellow (Centre for Education Studies) and Mairi Ann Cullen – Senior Research Fellow (Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research) – invite all academic staff to take part in a short survey which aims to map religion as a topic of teaching and/or research on campus.

Based on the survey responses, the plan is to create a network of interested staff as an interdisciplinary forum focused on religion, which builds links across different departments to explore possibilities for joint research agendas and collaboration.

You can find the survey at

For any questions or comments, please contact: Elisabeth Arweck (PRF, CES, & Mairi Ann Cullen (SRF, CEDAR,

New Sports Hub Roadshows

Join the Sports and Wellness Roadshow from Monday 5th November – Monday 12th November 2018 and discover more about our brand new world-class sports facility opening in spring 2019.