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Week 36

Department News

Nicholas Crafts announced President-elect of the Royal Economic Society

Nicholas Crafts, CAGE Senior Research Fellow and former Director, has been announced as President Elect of the Royal Economic Society. He will serve on the society’s executive committee as President Elect from autumn this year and will take up his position as President in 2022.

Read more here

Revolution in progress? The future of remote work in the UK

CAGE held an online briefing event on Wednesday, 26 May, about the future of the commuting, 9-5 office workplace model. If you missed it, a recording of the event is now available.

The accompanying policy briefing: 'Remote work and the post pandemic labour market', by Mirko Draca, Emma Duchini, Roland Rathelot and Giulia Vattuone, is available to read on the CAGE website.

Exploring a PhD in Economics Workshop

On 16th and 17th of June, Stefania Paredes Fuentes (Diversity Champion RES), together with The Black Economists Network (TBEN), are hosting a two-day virtual workshop on “Exploring a PhD in Economics” aimed to introduce the potential career pathways with a PhD in Economics to TBEN members.

On day one, panellists including Alvin Birdi (Bristol), Denise Hawkes (RES and Greenwich), Almudena Sevilla (RES and UCL), Luisa Affuso (OFCOM) and Mike Brewer (Resolution Foundation) will talk about their research careers in academia and the public and private sector. On Day two, Research Directors from Warwick, Bristol, Cambridge, and LBS will talk about the application process to PhD and available funding. We will also hear from current or recent graduates PhD students about their experience doing a PhD. More information can be found on their webpage.


Stefania Paredes Fuentes will be chairing the session titled “Lessons Learned from Teaching in a Pandemic” at the 2nd annual virtual economics education conference, TeachECONference2021, co-organised by Parama Chaudhury (UCL), Cloda Jenkins (UCL) and Doug McKee (Cornell University). The conference will take place 28-30 June, 3pm-6pm BST/ 10am-1pm EDT.

There is no registration fee. All are welcome to join.

PhD Conference

The 9th annual Warwick Economics PhD Conference will be hosted virtually this year. The three-day conference (24-26 June 2021) organised by Warwick Economics PhD students brings together PhD research from across the globe. This event is for open to Department staff. We look forward to seeing you there.

Magistrate Recruitment

The West Midlands Magistrates’ Benches will be open for applications to recruit new magistrates from 1st June 2021. The region is seeking to appoint up to 47 new Magistrates to join the criminal benches across Coventry & Warwickshire (7), the Black Country (20), and Birmingham & Solihull (20). The application deadline is 30th June 2021, and the link for online applications is Become a magistrate: Apply to be a magistrate - GOV.UK ( If successful, the University’s Time Off For Public Duties Policy provides staff with paid time away from work for magistrate duties. If you are interested in applying and would like to learn more, please see the attached poster or contact Robert Horton (

Call for WIHEA Fellowship Nominations

The call for WIHEA Fellowship nominations and applications is now open! A Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity to engage with colleagues and students across the University and take on a role of influence and leadership. By becoming a Fellow, staff and students can take part in exchanges, projects, learning circles, propose teaching and learning policy, or develop new academic practice that will enhance student experience and outcomes. The call for nominations/applications will close at 12 noon, Monday, 21 June 2021.

Follow the links to find out more about the role of a WIHEA Fellow and the selection process.

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. Click the link below for more information:

Online Resources

Library Update - From Helen Riley, Economics Librarian

The University asks you to submit any new reading lists and update existing lists in Talis Aspire by 31st July - please see the official message sent to all Heads of Departments on 7th May for the details. This year's lists have been rolled over in draft for 2021/22 and they will only become visible to students when you have checked and published them. There are guides on the Library website, and Library staff will be very happy to assist you as you edit or create a list; please contact Helen dot Riley at Warwick dot ac dot uk.

And farewell... I'm also sorry to tell you that I am retiring on 10th August. The Library will be able to replace me and my colleagues will support you in the interim period. There are tutorials and other online help for your students on the Library website. I will say goodbye properly later on, but I do want to thank all of you for your advice and support. I will miss working for Economics, but it's still business as usual for now!

IT Support - New Online Systems

A dedicated webpage on the staff intranet named ‘Working Remotely’ has been created, where it documents the various tools we are using to collaborate with one another, i.e. Microsoft Teams and how to access your email and the H and M drives.

NOTE – this webpage is constantly being updated with new information so please revisit it if you have any questions.

Publications, Presentations & Workshops

Stefania Parades Fuentes has the following updates:

  • Stefania’s project “Using Videos in Economic Teaching: An Experimental Approach” (co-authored with Stefania Sitzia, UEA) received a RES COVID Academic Support Grant (Stream 3). The project will be developed during the academic year 2021-2022
  • On the 10th of June, Stefania delivered a keynote talk on “Why Inclusive Education Matters? A Focus on Assessments” for the Continual Professional Development Staff Event at the Warwick International Foundation Programme

Sonia Bhalotra has the following updates:

  • Has been appointed to the Evidence Panel of the Early Intervention Foundation London (October 2021 onwards for a term of 3 years).
  • Was invited speaker at a conference on Political Economy, Cultural Economics and Gender organised by the CEPR and Ens de Lyon on 7 June
  • Presented her NBER-funded research at an NBER Conference on 4 June,
  • Was an Invited Keynote speaker at the ICDAH 2021 conference (health) in Turkey, 26 May.
  • Was invited to chair and organize a panel session on violence against women at the Discrimination and Diversity Workshop, UEA, 27-28 May

Working Papers

Nicholas Craft's working paper '1360 - The 15-Hour Week: Keynes’s Prediction Revisited' has been released as part of the Warwick Economics Research working paper series.

Wiji Arulampalam's working paper (with Bhaskar Chakravorty, Clement Imbert and Roland Rathelot) 'Can information about jobs improve the effectiveness of vocational training? Experimental evidence from India' has been released as part of the Warwick Economics Research working paper series.

Media Coverage

'The G7 corporate tax plan could make the world a fairer place to do business' - Arun Advani & Lucie Gadenne opinion column - The Guardian - 10 June 2021.

'UK ‘clear outlier’ as European trade bounces back from pandemic shock' - Dennis Novy mentioned - The London Economics - 9 June 2021.

'QE for bankers feels good, will QE outside the financial complex be inflationary?' - CAGE mentioned - Thomas Attwood - 13 May 2021.

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