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Week 8

Department News

New Approaches for Modelling Expectations in Economics Conference

This is the third conference in a very successful series is organised by Professor Roger Farmer of the University of Warwick and the Bank of England. The conference is taking place on Monday December 2nd and Tuesday December 3rd and will be held at the Bank of England. Here is a link to the conference programme.

This year, Rebuilding Macroeconomics have joined us as co-sponsors. The conference is open to graduate students and faculty of the University of Warwick but those wishing to attend should send a request to Michelle Scott of the Bank of England ( ) in advance.

This conference should be of particular interest to graduate students in the MRes programme who are pursuing topics in macroeconomics.

Rethink Economics Warwick (REW) panel debate

Rethink Economics Warwick (REW), a student-led society are holding an event next week and would like to invite staff:

End-of-term panel debate: ‘Inequality: How should we deal with it?’

The event is taking place on 26 November at 19:15 hours L4 Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building, University of Warwick. The panel will consist of:

    • Natalie Naïri Quinn, Senior research officer Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, University of Oxford
    • Franklyn Lisk, Visiting professor PAIS and senior associate of the Center for Research on Political Economy, University of Warwick
    • Giorgia Barboni, Assistant professor of Finance WBS, University of Warwick
    • John Morris, Teaching fellow in International Political Economy PAIS, University of Warwick
Industrial action: Important information

Important information regarding industrial action, which is due to commence on 25 November, including how staff can declare their intention to take action using SuccessFactors, the University’s approach to withholding pay during this time, and FAQs.

Pulse Survey - Coming soon

From early December 2019, all salaried staff will be invited to complete this year’s Pulse survey. This is an opportunity to share your views on how we can make the University of Warwick a better place to work.

Keep an eye out for more information about Pulse coming soon – and in the meantime, take a look at our Pulse webpages to learn more about how the survey works.

Departmental Recognition Scheme

The Recognition Scheme has been extremely successful and is now in its’ third year! We would like to encourage more academics to use the scheme to nominate colleagues who have made an outstanding contribution. The next meeting to discuss November’s nominations will take place week commencing 25/11/2019, find out more about the scheme and nominate a colleague.

Colleagues who received a successful nomination in October were Nicholas Jackson and Colin Ellis. Well done both!

You can learn more about the Recognition Scheme by reading the the documentation on the intranet.

Christmas craft get-together

For any staff and doctoral researchers who have children, we will be holding a Christmas craft get-together one weekend before Christmas in the department. Partners are welcome. This will be aimed at 3-7 year-olds, but of course, older children (and crafty grown-ups!) are welcome too. Please also feel free to bring grandchildren.

If you’d like to come along, please email Rosie: and she can try to arrange a date that works for everyone.

Children in Need - FUNdraising event

Thanks to all who took part in this year’s ‘Children in Need’ FUNdraising event.

We are delighted to say that the event raised a whopping £446.00. Thank you all so much for your support, it is really appreciated!

Publications, Presentations & Workshops

Andrew Oswald presented seminars in mid-November at Copenhagen Business School and at the University of Aarhus (on midlife distress in affluent nations).

Andrew Oswald also gave advice to government economists at HM Treasury in London.

Media Coverage

'Room that holds key to our inequality puzzle' - Arun Advani's research mentioned - The Times, 15 November 2019

'Economic Warfare: Insights from Mancur Olson' - Mark Harrison's column -VoxEU, 14 October 2019. alongside three other new instalments in the debate “The Economic History of the Second World War: Eighty Years on” which he moderates with Stephen Broadberry.

'Still status-seeking, but in a smaller vehicle' - Andrew Oswald's research mentioned - Financial Times, 12 November 2019

'What's the secret of Britain's most contented places? We visit Fylde, Orkney and Fareham to find out' - Andrew Oswald's research - Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2019

Dates for your diary

Staff Spotlight

Claire Gerard is in the spotlight for this week's new starter interview - find out more about her

Favourite Quote

This week’s favourite quote came from Mark Harrison:

“Hindsight, usually looked down upon, is probably as valuable as foresight, since it does include a few facts.” - Grace Paley