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The eighth annual Warwick Economics PhD Conference goes virtual

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The eighth annual Warwick Economics PhD Conference goes virtual

The eighth edition and the first virtual version of Warwick Economics PhD Conference was held on 6-7 November 2020. The event was organised by PhD students with the help of the Marketing & Communications Team and with financial support from the Department.

This year, the annual conference which is organised by PhD students of the Department of Economics, received over 150 applications from graduate students of leading research institutions across the world. A multi-stage selection process, involving a scientific committee consisting of Warwick faculty members and PhD students, helped in the process of whittling down these high-quality applications to seventeen – 10 seminar presentations and 7 poster presentations.

The conference was due to take place earlier in the year but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. As with most events this year, we decided to host the 2020 edition online, aiming to provide an opportunity for young researchers to present and exchange their work and ideas via a digital platform of MS Teams.

Over two days, conference delegates and speakers engaged in intellectually stimulating presentations by students from Paris School of Economics, New York University, University of Amsterdam, Oxford University, University of California Davis, Toulouse School of Economics, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Erasmus School of Economics, KU Leuven, VU Amsterdam, Stanford GSB, and University of Southern California.

The papers presented covered a broad range of topics and fields, and were organised into four main sessions: Public Economics, Macroeconomics, Applied Economics, and Economic Theory. Each 20-minutes presentation was followed by a discussion and comments from students and faculty members in the audience, providing the authors constructive feedback. Another interesting aspect of the conference were poster presentations which were also well received.

Overall, the event was a great success: it provided a platform to graduate students from different institutions to showcase their work and gave a great opportunity to Warwick students to discuss their research and promote the Department’s program to their peers across the globe.

Learn more about who the participants were and their projects.