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Week 16

Department News

RES conference - Early bird registration is now open

“The early bird registration to the RES conference is now open until February 18. There is a limited number of subsidised (free) conference registrations available for Warwick Economics staff that will be allocated in the next few weeks. To better understand the demand for these registrations (and to try to negotiate this number with the RES office if needed), we ask for your feedback. A link to a short questionnaire was emailed to you by on Jan 11th. To those who have already responded; Thank you, and no further action required. To those who have not responded yet but are planning to attend the RES conference; please respond by completing the survey.

Martin Reeves - 360 Guest Lecture, Mon 21 January 5-6pm, OC0.03

Martin Reeves (Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009) will be delivering a lecture as part of our 360 Guest Lecture Series on Monday 21st January. Martin has previously worked for the Midlands Combined Authority, Bedfordshire County Council and Westminster City Council in the heart of London. Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics. He is a Governor on the Board at Coventry University; is the first Honorary President of LARIA (Local Area Research and Intelligence Association) and on the board of the Centre for Cities. He is the Local Government Association (LGA) National Procurement Champion. He is also a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board. In 2018 Martin was once again included in the top 50 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of most influential people in local government.

We hope that some members of staff will be interested in attending this lecture.

Which way now? Economic policy after a decade of upheaval - CAGE & SMF Policy Report Launch Event, 12 February

The Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) and Social Market Foundation (SMF) will launch ‘Which way now? Economic policy after a decade of upheaval’, a new report to help policymakers respond to those challenges, offering evidence-based analysis and expertise on public policy.

Join them for an evening of interesting and lively discussion including presentations from three of the report’s contributors - you can learn more about the speakers and register for the event here.

Stan's Cafe's - The Capital inspired by the Department of Economics

Stan's Cafe is a theatre company based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. About 3 years ago James Yarker, Artistic Director, and Craig Stephens, Associate Director, attended presentations by our academics (Abhinay Muthoo, Robby Akerloff, Roland Ratherlot, Steffie Paredes Fuentes, Thiemo Fetzer, Lucie Gadenne, Clement Imbert, Claire Crawford, Christian Soegaard, Sascha Becker, Eugenio Proto, Marcus Miller, Tatiana Coutto, Siobhan Benita) which inspired them so much that they came up with an idea for a show called The Capital. The show is embarking on a UK tour and on 12 February (7.30pm) will be performing at Warwick Arts Centre. There will be a post show talk after the performance. A number of tickets will be available for staff. Please email Bozena Bozena dot Beauclair at warwick dot ac dot uk if you are interested in attending.

New Starters

We would like to give a warm welcome to the following members of staff who have joined us this year:

Professor Eric Renault (Professor of Economics), Lory Barile (Associate Professor), Subhasish Dey (Senior Teaching Fellow) and Vasiliki Eirini Dimakopolou (Teaching Fellow). Joanne Turrall will join us in mid February and take up the role of Programmes Manager (UG).

Publications, Presentations, Working Papers & Talks

Arun Advani presented "Informal Insurance and Poverty Traps" at the Inaugural Y-RISE (Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale) Conference on 16th December 2018.

Daniel Sgroi gave a seminar entitled “Theory of Mind and Strategic Decision-Making” at the University of East Anglia on 11th December 2018.

Media Coverage

"Does this man hold the key to happiness?" - Andrew Oswald's mentioned by editor - The Telegraph, 29 December 2018

"How to Boost Your Employees' Productivity By 12% With A Chief Happiness Officer" - Daniel Sgroi, Andrew Oswald, Eugenio Proto research mentioned - Forbes, 12th December 2018

"Economists reconsider how much governments can borrow" - Nicholas Crafts mentioned - Easy Branches, 17th January 2019

"The question that Leavers and Remainers still can’t answer" - Nicholas Crafts research mentioned - The Spectator, 17th January 2019

"Brexit: Blame it on the banking crisis" - Nicholas Crafts - VoX EU, 15 January 2019  

Training Opportunities

LDC Update

As part of their Academic Development Programme, the LDC have issued their programme for January and February – including further information such as details of how to register to attend a workshop.

Department Diary

Staff Spotlight

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