w/c 13 January 2014
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Warwick Economics 
Staff Newsletter

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

Conference, networking and alumni meetings in Mumbai

Abhinay Muthoo was in Mumbai, India last week. At the request of the Vice Chancellor, he represented Nigel Thrift in a panel discussion on Higher Education and Employability at a conference organised by the British Council as part of its South Asia Series. Abhinay was joined by Siobhan Benita on the visit and they used the trip to meet with top policy think tanks in Mumbai; part of an exploration of international stakeholders for the Warwick Policy Lab. These included the Strategic Foresight Group which concentrates on conflict and dispute resolution with Governments across the globe and Gateway House whose focus is on engaging India’s leading corporations in debate on strategic investments overseas. In addition, Abhinay and Siobhan also made time to meet with Warwick Alumni who are now working in Mumbai – this provided an opportunity to discuss some important issues for the Department and the University including: improving the profile of Warwick amongst Indian employers, planning events for Warwick’s 50th Celebrations and exploring some exciting business development possibilities.

Introductory course for non-economists

An exciting new course is available for non-economists at the first ever Warwick Economics Summer School. The Principles of Economics is an exciting three-week course, taught by leading academics and award-winning lecturers in a non-technical way and will provide a sound knowledge of the key principles of Economics. The course is open to anyone who is curious about Economics. There are no entry requirements and individuals from all backgrounds are welcomed.

Principles of Economics is part of the wider Economics Summer School which offers a range of core and specialist modules for Economics undergraduates. Early Booking Discount: Book a place on the new Warwick Economics Summer School before 1 March 2014 and receive a 10% discount on fees.

Papers & Publications

Andrew Oswald, Eugenio Proto and Daniel Sgroi have had their paper 'Happiness and productivity' accepted for publication in the Journal of Labor Economics.

Francesco Squintani's paper titled 'Information aggregation and optimal structure of the executive', joint with Torun Dewan (LSE), Andrea Galeotti and Christian Ghiglino (Essex), has been accepted for publication at the American Journal of Political Science. 

The Journal of International Economics has selected Guillermo Noguera's paper, 'Accounting for intermediates: Production sharing and trade in value added' for the Bhagwati Award for 2014, for the best paper in the Journal during 2011-2012. Guillermo will receive $1,000 prize. Congratulations Guillermo!

Faculty speaking engagements this week 

Last Friday, Nick Crafts presented a paper on 'Ireland's medium-term growth prospects: A phoenix rising?' at the conference Future Directions for the Irish Economy organised by European Commission DG ECFIN in Dublin. 

On Thursday this week, Kris Mitchener will be presenting his paper entitled 'Shadowy banks and the interbank amplifier during the Great Depression' at the London School of Economics.

On Friday, Dennis Novy will be a keynote speaker at the workshop on Distance and border effects in economics at Loughborough University. He will present his paper on 'Domestic and international border effects: State size matters' (with Cletus Coughlin).

Also on Friday, Clement de Chaisemartin will be speaking at the Stats seminar at the LSE. 

On Friday and Saturday, Eugenio Proto is organising a CAGE conference on 'Individual characteristics and Economic Decisions' to be held at Radcliffe House. 


On Thursday, Harbir Lamba (Mathematics Department, George Mason University) will be presenting at the DR@W Form on the topic of 'Behavioural economics, bounded rationality and disequilibrium in economic and financial systems'. 

We will also be welcoming three junior job candidates this week. These are: Antonin Mace (Ecole Polytechnique), Miikka Rokkanen (MIT), and Daniel Rogger (UCL).
Contact Rachael Brogan to arrange to meet up with any of our guests.

View the full week's events calendar...

Gavin Wright public lecture 

Gavin Wright, Professor of Economic History at Stanford will give a public lecture at Warwick on Wednesday 22 January 2014 on 'A win for blacks and whites? The economics of the Civil Rights revolution in the American South', based on his new book, Sharing the Prize.

The event is open to all staff, students and members of the public and will be held at 5.15pm in M1 Lecture Theatre in the WBS Teaching Centre. The lecture is free to attend but please email Jane Snape to register.
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