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The 9th Annual Warwick PhD Conference held virtually - Thursday 24 June 2021

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The 9th Annual Warwick PhD Conference held virtually - Thursday 24 June 2021

The ninth edition of the Warwick Economics PhD Conference was held virtually on 24-26 June 2021. The event was organised by PhD students with the help of the Marketing & Communications Team.

This year, the Warwick Economics PhD conference received over 180 applications from graduate students of leading research institutions from across the world. A scientific review committee consisting of Warwick faculty members and PhD students helped in the process of whittling down these high-quality applications to thirty-three – 25 seminar presentations and 8 flash presentations.

Thanks to the possibility of connecting digitally, this year the Conference was held over three days (instead of the usual two), and including participants from all over the world. The first day kicked off with the keynote speech by Professor Sascha Becker, while the second day closed with the keynote speech by Professor Roger Farmer.

Over three days, conference delegates and speakers engaged in intellectually stimulating presentations delivered by students from Bocconi University, University College Dublin, KU Leuven, Bonn, Oxford, Bologna, Boston College, CEMFI, University of Pennsylvania, Nottingham, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Amsterdam, Erasmus University, Lausanne, Durham, Maryland, Princeton, UCLA, Bristol, PSE, Mannheim, Edinburgh, Hebrew University and Stanford.

The papers presented covered a broad range of topics and fields, grouped into Applied Economics on the first day, Macroeconomics on the second day, and Economic Theory and Behavioural Economics on the third day. Each 20-minutes presentation was followed by a discussion and constructive feedback from students and faculty members in the audience. Five-minute flash presentations, which replaced the in-person poster presentations, allowed speakers to deliver the key message of their paper in a concise and engaging manner.

Overall, the event was a great success. It provided a platform to graduate students from different institutions to showcase their work, while serving as a great opportunity for Warwick students to discuss their research and promote the Department to their peers across the globe. The organising team looks forward to delivering the next edition of the Conference in 2022, which will be the tenth anniversary of the event.