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Economic challenges and success in the post-COVID era

After a decade of austerity following the 2008 financial crisis, the UK was faced with a global health emergency of a severity not seen for generations. As we emerge from the peak of this health crisis, policymakers are left to make sense of the economic challenges the pandemic has left behind.

In this policy report, CAGE economists assess the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the labour market, housing, productivity, finance and wellbeing. They offer insights for policymakers on how the pandemic will (and will not) shape the future economy and consider what lessons we should take from history to navigate a new path in these unprecedented times.

CAGE Research Day (9 December 2021, Scarman Conference Centre)

The aim of this half-day event is for our faculty and associated academics to present recent work related to CAGE’s themes, in an informal setting allowing for feedback and discussion. This is an in person event organised by the CAGE Post Graduate Researchers, Cora Neumann and Ivan Yotzov.

Click here to see the programme and register.

100th Applied Young Economist Webinar

The Applied Young Economist Webinar (AYEW) series celebrates its 100th event on Wednesday 1 December 2021. The series is co-hosted by Warwick PhD student Ivan Yotzov, in collaboration with colleagues from Monash University, and supported by the Monash-Warwick Alliance.

Read more in our news release.

Economics Graduates’ Success in the Global Undergraduate Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that four Warwick Economics students were highly commended in The Global Undergraduate Awards at the Global Undergraduate Summit last week and the Global Winner in Economics was a PPE student who had completed a dissertation in Economics.

Read more in our news release.

Warwick-SUFE Workshop 2021

We are pleased to announce that the first Warwick-SUFE workshop, co-organised with the School of Economics at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), will take place virtually this academic year.

Learn more about the workshop.

Staff Updates

We congratulate the following members of staff:

  • Elizabeth Jones who has become a Senior Fellow of the HEA (Advance HE)
  • Jose Corpuz who has become a Fellow of the HEA (Advance HE).
  • We are pleased to acknowledge that Eman Abdulla has been through a promotions cycle and has been promoted to Senior Teaching Fellow.
CEPR/Warwick/Princeton/Utah Polecon Conference 2022

The Department of Economics at the University of Warwick along with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Department of Politics at Princeton University, the Department of Finance at University of Utah and the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) are organising a conference on Political Economy in Rome, Italy, in March 2022.

The aim of the conference is to bring together the top theoretical and empirical political scientists and economists across Europe and North America.

Applicant Mentoring Programme (AMP)

The aim of the Economics Applicant Mentoring Programme (AMP) is to help applicants from underrepresented backgrounds prepare their applications to economics PhD programmes by matching applicants to mentors who are PhD students in the economics departments at Cambridge, LSE, Oxford, UCL, and Warwick.

You can read more about this mentoring programme on our AMP webpage, including the kind of advice AMP mentors can provide and how can a prospective student join the programme on our AMP webpage. If you have any questions or queries, please contact Alperen Tosun: alperen dot tosun at warwick dot ac dot uk

Departmental HR Update

Health and Wellbeing

Good health and wellbeing is paramount for staff at all times, but more especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The University offers a range of remote sessions dedicated to improving our wellbeing. We encourage as many of you as possible to explore any one of these opportunities.

Publications, Presentations & Workshops

Mark Harrison chaired a panel on Communism and After, 1991 to 2021 on 12 October . This was first in a new series of talks sponsored by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies. The panellists were the political sociologist Professor Vladimir Gelman (Helsinki) and the economist Vladimir Mau (RANEPA, Moscow). Conversation focused on what Mau and Gelman were doing thirty years ago on the eve of the Soviet Union’s collapse, their hopes and expectations of the time, and how they saw the difficult but also hopeful years of the 1990s that followed. The discussion is now available on the BASEES YouTube channel (1’ 33”).

Andrew Oswald gave an invited talk on "Happiness and Productivity" to the NHS (Wales) Legal Risk Services conference on Employment and Work. on Thursday 25th November.

Mike Waterson visited the economics department of the university of Bari, Italy for the week 8 -14 November, giving lectures and a seminar.

Eric Renault presented his paper "Approximate Maximum Likelihood for Complex Structural Models" in the CeMMAP seminar at UCL on Tuesday 23 November.

Bishnu Gupta will become an editor of the Journal of Economic History from July 2022.

Christian Soegaard gave a talk at “Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Business Annual Conference” this week. He presented “Profit-raising Entry under Oligopolistic Trade with Endogenous Input Prices” which is joint work with Robin Naylor.

Sonia Bhalotra presented her research on domestic violence in Brazil and Chile (two different research papers) at a UK Government Open Innovation Team seminar series on covid on 28 Oct 2021. There were about 120 policymakers in the Zoom seminar.

Working Papers

Gianna Boero, Robin Naylor and Jeremy Smith's working paper (Tej Nathwani) 'Graduate Earnings Premia in the UK: Decline and Fall?' has been released as part of the Warwick Economics Research working paper series.

Natalie Chen & Dennis Novy's working paper 'Gravity and Heterogeneous Trade Cost Elasticities' has been released as part of the Warwick Economics Research working paper series.

Media Coverage

'Botched covid-19 test results in Britain led to thousands of extra cases - Thiemo Fetzer's research mentioned - The Economist - 20 November 2021.

'Immensa testing firm failure ‘caused thousands of extra Covid infections'' - Thiemo Fetzer's research mentioned - The Times - 15 November 2021.

'BBC Points West Programme ' - Thiemo Fetzer interviewed - BBC News - 16 November 2021 (to be released).

'Treasury could raise £16bn a year if shares and property were taxed like salaries' - Arun Advani's research mentioned - The Guardian - 26 Oct 2021.

Dates For Your Diary

General Items

Baby News

Current PhD student student Omiros Kouvavas has welcomed a new addition to the family; baby boy Odysseas.