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Week 22

Department News

Dennis Novy - Appointed to Council of Economics Advisers (CEA)

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, appointed Dennis Novy to the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). The inaugural meeting took place in February 2018 at No.11 Downing Street. The CEA is an advisory panel made up of a small group of academic and private-sector economists. The CEA’s deliberations are conveyed directly to the Chancellor through the Chancellor’s Special Economic Adviser and the Treasury’s Chief Economic Advisor. They are also conveyed directly to the Prime Minister through the Prime Minister’s Special Economic Adviser.

Offer Holders Open Day - 14th March 2018

Thank you to those members of staff who attended the last Offer Holders Open day in February 2018. The Offer Holders Open Days are a value conversion opportunity and a ‘final stage’ to promote the University and reflect the reputation and continuing success of our department.

Update - The next OHOD will take place on Wednesday 14 March, in Zeeman Building. There will be lunch in The Street (the foyer of Zeeman building at 12.30pm, and we would like to encourage staff to attend, so please save the date in your diary.

Staff Recognition Scheme Goes Live!

The Economics Department Recognition Scheme is now up and running and we are extremely pleased that nominations are trickling through. This month the following members of staff have been nominated for, and received an award:

Individual Area
Lisa Hayes Departmental Office
Luis Candelaria Barrera Academic
Jane Snape CAGE - Departmental Office
Margaret Nash Departmental Office
Roland Rathelot (x2) Academic
Clement Imbert Academic
Costas Cavounidis Academic
Roberto Pancrazi Academic
Lucie Gadenne Academic
Mirko Draca Academic
Camilla Roncoroni Academic

Remember, the Scheme enables colleagues or teams to be nominated for an outstanding contribution/or providing exceptional performance on a one off or short term basis. All staff are eligible to nominate colleagues, however, only staff in grades 1-8 can receive an award.

How to nominate a colleague can be found by clicking on the link here

We await further nominations!

Economics Video Project - Update on 3rd Year Optional Modules

Video recordings and editings has begun with academics that teach 3rd year optional modules. A thank you to these academics who have participated with Maz and Economic students who were selected to be part of this project. The first module leader video will be released next week and we have others that are currently being edited. These short videos are being created professionally with an in-house University production team and will feature on our Modules webpages, giving students the opportunity to listen to the academic explain the benefits of their modules, what to expect and its relevance to other modules.

Over the coming weeks, depending on the video content, academic and/or administrative staff will be contacted by Maz ( and requested to spare 20-30 minutes, so could you please set some time aside.

Economics Homepage Re-design project

Thank you to those colleagues who have submitted their feedback to us on the new design of our homepage. We have collated all ideas received and selected some for immediate implementation by our Web Developer (Nivi). In the next couple of weeks we will be collating feedback from our students (via focus groups). We are also working on new content for the web and would like to say thank you to those who have agreed to be interviewed to talk about their research. We will provide a further update at the end of term. Bozena, Nivi and Maz.

Athena SWAN staff survey – please complete

We will be submitting our application for an Athena SWAN bronze award* at the end of April. To support our new application, please could you take 5 minutes to complete a survey which will provide us with information to supplement various sections of the application and convey the culture within the Department. The culture in the Department is an important part of the application and is one of the reasons our previous application was not successful.

The link to the survey can be found in an email sent to you on 21 February by Andrew Taylor, entitled “Athena Survey”.

*The Athena SWAN charter recognises advancement of gender equality. It is important for the department to secure this award it may become mandatory for research council funding.

Publications, Presentations & Talks

Dennis Novy delivered a research seminar at the London School of Economics, presenting work on "Vehicle Currency Pricing and Exchange Rate Pass-Through" (with Natalie Chen and Wanyu Chung) on 28th February 2018.

Andy Ferrara presented the paper “Warfare, State Capacity, and the Rise of Democratic Institutions” (joint with Sascha O. Becker, Eric Melander, and Luigi Pascali) at the CEPR-NYUAD workshop on Economic Divergence and Convergence in History, Abu Dhabi on 25th February 2018.

Kirill Pogorelskiy presented his paper “News We Like to Share: How News Sharing on Social Networks Influences Voting Outcomes'', joint w/Matthew Shum, at George Mason University (ICES) on Feb 23rd, and at the University of Southern California (Economics) on 26th February 2018.

Andrew Oswald gave a public lecture in Oxford, on the topic of Brexit, on 21st February 2018. It was published in Le Monde and other European newspapers.

Sascha Becker published his joint paper (with Peter H. Egger and Maximilian von Ehrlich) on “Effects of EU Regional Policy: 1989-2013” in the latest edition of Regional Science and Urban Economics, 69: 143-152,

Mike Waterson presented a paper at a seminar at the Judge Institute, Cambridge, on Tuesday 20th February.

Media Coverage

"Bad bosses are making Britain’s productivity puzzle worse" - Andrew Oswald: The Financial Times - 25th February 2018 (FT subscription required)

"Why unemployment would fall, if France had fewer owners'" - Andrew Oswald: - 22nd February 2018 (French)

"To stay credible as free economy, Israel must swallow Teva's bitter pill" - Omer Moav quoted: 4-trader - 02 February 2018

"Education Committee holds evidence sessions on value for money in higher education" - Claire Crawford attended: FE news - 23 February 2018

Department Diary

  • Offer Holders Open Day | 14 March | 12.30-15.00pm | MS.02
    Update: We will be welcoming our offer holders on the above date. Please save the date in your diary. We ask staff to join prospective students & their parents for lunch in the Street (Zeeman building) at 12.30pm
  • 360 Guest Lecture - Andy Haldane | 23 April | 5.15-6.15pm | M1 Lecture Theatre, WBS
  • Offer Holders Open Day | 24 April | 12.30-15.00pm | Oculus OC0.03
    Update: We will be welcoming our offer holders on the above date. Please save the date in your diary. We ask staff to join prospective students & their parents for lunch in the Oculus at 12.30pm
  • Warwick Economics PhD Conference | 2-3 May | All day | S2.79
  • Political Economy Conference 2018 | 12-13 May | All day | Venice
  • Economics Graduaton Day | 20 July | Location: Butterworth Hall
    Update: We request both academic and administration staff to save the date in your diaries.
  • Tea @3 (every Wednesday) | 3.00-3.30pm | Staff Common Room | Social Sciences Building
  • Social Networking Lunch for staff (every fortnightly on Thursday) | 12.30 - 1.30pm | S2.79 | Social Sciences Building

Other News

UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels - 21 March

Jon Brookes of Warwick's UK Research Office in Brussels will be visting the University to lead a series of seminars on the latest Brexit developments and the possible impact on the EU's research funding programmes (currently Horizon 2020). This event is open to academics, researchers and administrators. You can view the programme and register here.

Health and Wellbeing - Warwick Sport

Jina from Warwick Sport shares her top tips on looking after your health and wellbeing. Find out what activities are taking place on University Mental Health Day with them on 1st March.