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Week 30

Department News

New research into threat posed to climate change policies by the rise of the populist right

Newly published researchLink opens in a new window, by Ben Lockwood from the University of Warwick and Matthew Lockwood from the University of Sussex Business School, reveals that the influence of left-of-centre parties increase the strength of a government’s climate policy score by about 22% relative to the average score while the influence of right-wing populist parties leads to a 24% reduction relative to the same average.

Study sheds new light on the origin of civilisation

New researchLink opens in a new window from Omer Moav at the University of Warwick, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Reichman University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona School of Economics challenges the conventional theory that the transition from foraging to farming drove the development of complex, hierarchical societies by creating agricultural surplus in areas of fertile land.

Career and Family: Then and Now

We’re delighted that renowned economic historian Professor Claudia Goldin (Harvard) will be giving a virtual lecture next week at the CAGE research centre on Career and family: then and now.

This will be taking place on Thursday 5 May from 4-5 pm. Claudia will discuss women’s century-long journey towards equality – both in the workplace and at home.

For more details and to register please go to the 'Crafts Lecture 2022'Link opens in a new window webpage.

University Undergraduate Open Days 2022 – Save the Dates

The University have recently confirmed the dates for our upcoming Undergraduate Open Days which are expected to take place on-campus and online. We would kindly ask you to please save the below dates in your diary as we will shortly be calling for PSS and Academic staff to support the events organised by the Department.

In-Person – No Social Distancing

  • Saturday 18 June
  • Saturday 25 June
  • Saturday 8 October
  • Saturday 22 October

Virtual Open Days

  • Thursday 22 September
  • Friday 23 September
  • Saturday 24 September (if in demand)

Thank you in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Doughty (

Wiji Arulampalam - British Academy Small Grant

Wiji Arulampalam has received a British Academy Small Grant for a project with Dr Yu Aoki (University of Aberdeen), to investigate “The impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on body weight of adolescents”.

Walk with colleagues

Join us for a short 20 minute walk - Monday to Friday at 12.00pm. If you are in the Department and fancy a breath of fresh air during an early lunch break, come for a walk and a chat along the way. Be at Colin’s office (S2.130) by 12.00pm.

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.

Report and Support

Since its introduction, the University Report and Support scheme has been utilised by staff and students to report incidences of bullying/harassment, sexual misconduct, hate crime and discrimination. The University has analysed have produced the first Annual Report which shows that there has been significant use of the system by students and a smaller number of staff since the introduction of the scheme.

Conference Support Award

The University has reinstated the Conference Support Award Scheme. The Conference/Training Support Award scheme provides up to £200 to help cover the additional caring costs that individuals incur in order to attend a conference/training session or similar event. Details of the scheme and application form are available here. Applications should be forwarded to Sarah Duggan – Head of Administration, Business and Research in the first instance.

Should you have any queries regarding the scheme, please contact the departmental HR Officer.

Publications, Presentations & Workshops


Jonathan Cave gave evidence to the International Trade Select Committee on the analyses of the UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand Trade agreements. Including the treatments of behavioural economics, uncertainty (MCMC) sectoral and regional impacts and potential rewiring of trade networks.

Eric Renault will act as Program Chair for the next annual EC-squared conference in Paris in December 2022. The acronym (EC)2 stands for European Conferences of the Econom[etr]ics Community. Its main aim is to maintain and extend an adequate forum for both senior and junior European researchers in quantitative economics and econometrics to discuss the progress and results of their research.

Arun Advani spoke in Parliament last week with the APPG (see image to the right), discussing responsible tax and giving evidence on the taxation of wealth.

Arun Advani also spoke at the Bright Blue conference in Westminster regarding house
prices and tax reform on Wednesday 27 April.

Working Papers

Zeynep O. Kurter's working paper (with Pedro Gomes and Rubens Morita) European Sovereign Bond and Stock Market Granger Causality DynamicsLink opens in a new window has been released.

Sonia R. Bhalotra's working paper (with Manuel Fernandez and Fan Wang) The Distribution of the Gender Wage Gap : An Equilibrium ModelLink opens in a new window has been released.

Media Coverage

'Labour pledges to scrap non-dom tax break after Rishi Sunak's wife status revealedLink opens in a new window' - Arun Advani's research mentioned - Independent - 25 February 2022.

'FIFTH of UK bankers earning more than £125,000 a year benefited from non-domiciled tax status, new research revealsLink opens in a new window' - Arun Advani quoted - Daily Mail - 18 April 2022.

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