w/c 03 February 2014
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Warwick Economics 
Staff Newsletter

Your weekly email roundup of what's happening in the department

Professor Eric Maskin visit

Professor Eric Maskin (Harvard), winner of the 2007 Nobel prize in Economics "for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory", will be at Warwick from 11.30am on Sunday 9 until late morning Monday 10 Feb. Professor Maskin will give the keynote lecture at the Warwick Economic Summit from 1.55-3.30pm on Sunday. Speak to Abhinay if you would like to arrange to meet with Professor Maskin during his visit. 

Congratulations to our postgraduates!

On Friday 24 January, our postgraduate students received their degrees alongside honorary graduate Sir Vernon Ellis. More than 100 graduates, friends and family members joined staff at the Economics Graduation Celebration in the Panorama Room, Rootes after the ceremony. A number of special departmental awards were presented for outstanding performances. Read the full story and winners details...

In the news

Jonathan Cave's demographics expertise was called upon last week for The Spectator's article on 'Britain's accidental one-child policy', which suggested an economically-imposed limit on the number of children in middle class families. Jonathan suggests the following ways that government can support those wanting larger families: build more houses, make bigger houses cheaper, deflate the housing bubble, and 'more help for the people trying to create the taxpayers of tomorrow'. Read the full Spectator article.


Ruben Durante (Sciences Po Paris), will be giving a Junior Job Talk this Tuesday at 4pm in Room S2.79. Ruben will present 'Politics 2.0: The multifaceted effect of broadband internet on political participation'. 

On Wednesday, Xiaojun Song (U.Carlos III de Madrid) will give a Junior Job Talk at 4pm in S2.79 (title to be advised).

Johannes Boehm (LSE) will be giving a Junior Job Talk on at 4pm on Thursday in S2.79 (title to be confirmed).

Also on Thursday, Erik Mohlin (Oxford) will be attending the DR@W Forum event from 2.30-3.45pm. Erik's research is in the field of game theory, especially evolutionary game theory and learning, bounded rationality, behavioural economics, and experimental economics.
View the full week's events calendar...

National Student Survey (NSS)

The National Student Survey (NSS) will be rolled out to our final year undergraduate students from Monday 10 February. The survey is running for its tenth year and is regarded as the primary measure of student satisfaction in England and Wales, providing key information for potential applicants. Last year our department had an 82.2% response rate, but we'd like to get it even higher this time around. Please raise awareness of the survey and encourage your final year students to engage with it over the coming weeks. If you have an queries regarding the NSS, contact Robin or Abhinay.

Faculty speaking engagements

Sascha O. Becker is presenting his paper 'Do entrepreneurs matter?' (joint with Hans K. Hvide) at IZA, Bonn, on Tuesday.

Mike Waterson will be in Helsinki on Wednesday, as a panel member for the Academy of Finland’s grant assessment awards.

On Wednesday, Michael McMahon will speak at the Bank of England’s Centre for Central Banking Studies event, Interaction of monetary and financial stability policy. His talk is entitled 'The who and the how of committee decision making', and will be delivered to policymakers from central banks all over the world.

Chris Doyle will be presenting at the Warwick Economics Summit on Sunday 9 February on spectrum auctions.
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