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Week 36

Department News

Warwick Economic Theory Workshop 7-8 June

The annual Economic Theory Workshop has been hosted by the Department of Economics at The University of Warwick for the last 9 years and is recognised as one of the top workshops in the world. This year the event will be held from Friday 7 - 8 June 2019 in Scarman House. The event provides a platform for Economic theorists to engage and discuss the latest ideas in economic theory and to foster collaborative research projects.

Registrations have closed for this event.

SMF/CAGE launch of Arun Advani's Report on Tax Revenues and Audits - 11 June

SMF are hosting a seminar for the launch of Arun's new research paper on audits and tax revenue, as part of the SMF's partnership with CAGE. The paper provides a thorough analysis of HMRC's audit performance, and the potential scope and reward of policy change in relation to non-compliance. As part of his presentation, Arun will be launching the report and discussing its conclusions. To find out more about Arun's paper watch his recent video - Unpaid Tax.

Warwick Applied Workshop 13-14 June

This year's annual Warwick Applied Workshop will be held on Thursday 13th to Friday 14th June at the Radcliffe Conference Centre at the University of Warwick. There are 10 invited speakers working on various topics ranging from Labour, Development, Public Economics and Industrial Organisation. The workshop provides early-career researchers working on applied aspects of economics with the opportunity to discuss their work in an informal environment with other researchers in their field, including top academics from the department.

You can learn more about the speakers and the programme schedule.

Registration is required - you can book your place by clicking the link above. Please note that places are limited on this workshop.

Open Days - Call for academic staff participation

The University will be hosting its Open Days in June and October of this year. These Open Days allow prospective students to find out more about studying economics at Warwick from our academic staff and current students, as well as being a valuable conversion opportunity. Past feedback received for these events has been positive.

Update - For Saturday 22 June, we are in need of just two academic staff to participate and attend the Open Day, so please can you email Charlotte White Charlotte dot White at warwick dot ac dot uk and also save the below dates in your diary.

  • Friday 21 June 2019
  • Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Saturday 5 October 2019
  • Saturday 19 October 2019
CAGE Conference

The "Policy and the UK’s Competitive Advantage: Evidence from 10 Years of Research", conference will discuss the impact on policy, and more broadly, of the research that CAGE researchers have been conducting since the centre began in January 2010.

The ESRC-funded centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), based at the Department for Economics at the University of Warwick, completes 10 years of funding at the end of 2019. To mark this occasion, CAGE is hosting a policy impact day on Thursday 27 June at the University of Warwick.

Academics and MRes/PhD students from the Department are welcome to register for this event by visiting the CAGE Conference webpage.

Social Sciences Lecture Theatre Refurbishments

The long anticipated work on the Lecture Theatres in the Social Sciences building has began on Monday 3 June. Some areas will be blocked off during the works: the stairs opposite S0.13 will be blocked at the first floor, the corridor will be blocked off from the fire doors by the café all the way to S0.11, the path between the turning circle and Ramphal (which passes behind the lecture theatres) may be blocked for some of the works but B and C block will still be accessible via the ramps. Unfortunately some noise disruption is inevitable.

Publications, Presentations, Workshops, Working Papers & Talks

Wiji Arulampalam's paper Taxes and the Location of Targets got accepted for publication for the Journal of Public Economics. Co-writers of the paper are: Michael P. Devereux and Federica Liberini. Abstract: 'We use firm-level data to investigate the impact of taxes on the international location of targets in M&A, allowing for domestic acquisitions and heterogeneous responses by companies. The statutory tax rate in the target country is found to have a negative impact on the probability of an acquisition in that country. In addition, the estimated size of the effect is found to depend on whether (i) acquirer is a domestic or a multinational enterprise; (ii) the acquisition is domestic or cross-border; and (iii) the acquirer's country has a worldwide or territorial tax system'.

Marta Santamaria, PhD candidate at UPF and soon joining our Department, is the winner of the Best Student Paper Prize awarded by UEA at the Amsterdam Urban Economics Association Meeting.

Arun Advani presented Insurance Networks and Poverty Traps at the Adansonia Workshop at Bocconi on Friday 31 May.

Dennis Novy presented Vehicle Currency Pricing and Exchange Rate Pass-Through with Natalie Chen and Wanyu Chung at the German Economic Association International Economics Meeting in Bayreuth on 24 May 2019.

Dennis Novy presented Trade, Gravity and Aggregation at the London School of Economics on 29 May 2019.

Andrew Oswald spoke at IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany on the topic Why is There so Much Midlife Distress in Affluent Nations?.

Andrew Oswald spoke to a large audience in Brussels on 4 and 5 June, including stand-up talks with international delegates, interviews with national daily newspapers (De Tijd and De Standaard), presentation and Q&A with European Commission guests and meetings with senior advisers from European Policy and Strategy Centre (in house think tank of the European Commission).

Federico Trombetta presented the paper Ora et Guberna: the Economics Impact of Benedict's Rule in Medieval England joint with Domenico Rossignoli, Universita' Cattolica, at the 8th IRES graduate workshop at Chapman University, California.

Media Coverage

'Brexit castiga grandes partidos britânicos e dá força a eurocéticos' - Dennis Novy mentioned - UOL, 24 May 2019

'Partido euroescéptico es favorito para triunfar en elecciones de R. Unido' - Dennis Novy mentioned - La República EC, 24 May 2019

'El ‘brexit’ castiga a los grandes partidos británicos' - Dennis Novy mentioned - Noticias de Gipuzkoa, 24 May 2019

'Trade Blocs and Trade Wars During the Interwar Period' - Dennis Novy and David Jacks' paper discussed - Washington Post, 2 June 2019

'Trade Blocs and Trade Wars During the Interwar Period' - Dennis Novy was interviewed by Audie Cornish on NPR's 'All Things Considered' radio show on his research with David Jacks - 3 June 2019

'People with Little Reason to Live Die Earlier, Study Finds' - Andrew Oswald comments - Newshub, 25 May 2019

'People With a Sense of Purpose Live Longer, Study Suggests' - Andrew Oswald comments - Newsweek, 25 May 2019

'Advertising as a Major Source of Human Dissatisfaction: Cross-National Evidence on One Million Europeans' - Andrew Oswald mentioned - Naked Capitalism, 29 May 2019

'Por Qué es Importante Tener un Propósito en la Vida, Según Científicos' - Andrew Oswald comments - Newsweek Espanol, 30 May 2019

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