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Week 10

Department News

Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme

Offices across Parliament are seeking academic experts to conduct a number of specific projects. The project on ‘Providing support and advice to the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons’ may be of particular interest. Funding to support the costs of fellowships is available through the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. The deadline for funding applications is Friday 3rd January 2020. Please contact Claire Gerard ( for further details.

Engaging with Parliament Training: 27 Jan 2020 |11:30-16:00 | Portcullis House, London

This event will give academics the opportunity to learn more about how to engage with parliament in the course of their research. This session, led by the Industry and Parliament Trust, will provide an introduction to the mechanisms of Parliament and the best ways for academics to engage MPs and Lords in their research. The event will include an optional tour of Parliament, and a guest speaker from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Lunch will also be provided. The event is primarily aimed at early career researchers, but all academics are welcome. For more information and to register to attend click here.

Inspiring Women Event (Tuesday 10 December 2019)

The forthcoming Inspiring Women event focuses on the topic of Career Resilience and the University is delighted to welcome Maureen McLaughlin, Director of Education Policy and Quality as the keynote speaker.

The event details are as follows: Tuesday 10 December, 12 - 2pm.

    • Lunch and networking at 12pm
    • Keynote by Maureen McLaughlin will begin at 12.20pm, followed by a Q&A
    • Workshop will begin at 1pm

You are welcome to join for both the keynote and the workshop or just one part. Please sign up to indicate which elements you will be attending for catering purposes.

Pulse Survey

PULSE, the University staff survey went live on 6 December 2019 and will close on 2 February 2020.

Pulse is a short survey that affords individuals the opportunity to put forward their views on their experience of working at Warwick. The outcomes of past Pulse surveys have helped shape the way we work, both Departmentally and University wide.

The Department is keen to learn how we can improve the working environment; therefore, we encourage all members of staff, regardless of length of service to complete the survey. All submissions are anonymous.

Please follow the link for more information on Pulse:

Response rates will be shared with colleagues through the Departmental Newsletter.

Congratulations - Andrew, Sarah and Neil

Congratulations to Andrew Taylor, Neil Gatty and Sarah Duggan – who have recently completed the MOS Excel programme and are now officially an EXCEL expert – well done!

Departmental Recognition Scheme

Well done to the following individuals who were nominated and will be awarded vouchers in this months’ recognition scheme:

Charlotte White, Rosie Narayan, Maz Mehraban, Martina Smith and Joshua Allen – all have been awarded for displaying collaborative and collegiate behaviours whilst organising key events.

Andrew Taylor – awarded for his contribution to the Marks Management Workshop demonstrating a professional and collegial attitude towards improving University systems.

Charlotte White - outstanding contribution towards mentoring and supporting new staff in the Department

Gill Gudger and Sharon Yarrow - Collegiality/Team working to help foster an Economics community.

Ongoing building refurbishment work

The final stages to the refurbishment work carried out in the summer are taking place. The topping and handrails for the ramp should be installed in the next few days and work on the skylights will continue in w/c 9 December. The later will involve moveable scaffolding being erected in the foyer for around a week. Snagging in other areas continues.

The next phase of refurbishment will be to the ground floor corridor and offices. The corridor paintwork has been painted and we are awaiting a quote to install the grey laminate flooring from S0.86 to S0.55.

Publications, Presentations & Workshops

Subhasish Dey has had two of his recent papers (with co-author) selected for presentation at the '15th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development' at Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, December 18-20, 2019

  1. 'Does Partisan Politics Affect Crime Incidence? Evidence From US States' with Khaled Bastaki (Bahrain Research Group)
  2. 'Does a Legal Ban On Pre-Natal Sex Determination Improve Female Educational Attainment? Evidence From India' with Aditi Sanjay (University of Warwick)

Mike Waterson gave a presentation “Driving change in the bus market” at the SMF in London on Tuesday 3rd December.

Arun Advani presented his work on the dynamic effect of tax audits at the National Audit Office on 28th November.

Arun Advani was a panellist at the LSE Election Debate on Tax Policy on 4th December.

Arun Advani presented "Characteristics and Behaviours of Non-Domiciled Taxpayers" to HMRC on 5th December.

Kirill Pogorelskiy was a discussant in the 'Experimental Law and Economics' workshop at George Mason University on 20th - 21st November.

Kirill Pogorelskiy presented the paper; 'News We Like to Share: How News Sharing on Social Networks Influences Voting Outcomes' at the University of Maryland on 23rd November.

Michela Redoano presented her paper; 'Politics in the Facebook Era. Evidence from the 2016 US presidential elections' at the department seminar at Tilburg Economics Department on 19th November

Michela Redoano presented the paper 'Social Capital, Voting and Economic Outcomes. Evidence from Italy' on 28th November at the Data Science and Civic Responsibilities workshop in Rome organised by SOSE.

Media Coverage

'Air pollution linked to Alzheimer's disease' - Andrew Oswalds's research mentioned - Medical Health News, 3 December 2019

'Why Andrew Neil was wrong about the rich and their taxes' - Arun Advani's research mentioned - NewStatesman, 28 November 2019

'Tories promise £4bn boost for local buses and trains' - Mike Waterson quoted - The Times, 4 December 2019

Dates For Your Diary

  • 360 Guest Lecture - Luisa Affuso | 20 January | 12-1pm | Oculus, OC0.03
  • PG Winter Graduation | 23 January 2020 | 16.30- 20.00pm | Panorama Suite, Rootes
  • Women in Economics: Students' Workshop | 18-19 January 2020 | All Day | University of Warwick
  • Colleague Catch-ups (timings will differ) | details will be posted on Social Notice Board in Staff Common Room |

Favourite Quote

This week’s favourite quote came from Dennis Novy:

"If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid" - John Maynard Keynes