A round-up of what's happening in the Department of Economics this week...
The economic cost of home ownership
Andrew Oswald has just released the findings of his joint research with David Blanchflower (Dartmouth College, USA), examining the relationship between high levels of home ownership and unemployment. 'Does high home ownership impair the labour market?' suggests a strong link between rising levels of unemployment following a boom in home buying. The research examined more than 100 years of US housing and labour market statistics to uncover the impact that the housing market had on the country's later economic health. Read more...
Oliver Hart (Harvard) and Ken Binmore (Bristol) are visiting the Department this week. They will both be taking part in the day-long CRETA/ESRC Workshop on Wednesday, and will be available to meet with colleagues outside of this time. Oliver is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in room S1.137 and Ken is available on Thursday in room S1.131. You can also email both Oliver and Ken directly to arrange a time to meet.
Next week, we're delighted to be welcoming Miles Kimball, who will be delivering a series of special lectures on Cognitive Economics aimed at research students and interested faculty. Miles is Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. The lectures will take place each day from 11am-1pm in room S2.79, except Thursday 16 May where the lecture will take place in room S0.19.
Chris Woodruff will be giving a talk on 'Microenterprise dynamics and revenue collection' at a workshop on 'Challenges for revenue collection in Bangladesh' at the University of Dhaka on Saturday 11 May.