Issue 24
27 May - 02 June 2013
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A round-up of what's happening in the Department of Economics this week...

Bank on It: Economics for the Playground Set

Insights from Warwick's Department of Economics underpin a new children's theatre production debuting in London this summer. 'Bank on it' is the first creative result of the Arts Centre's 'This_Is_Tomorrow' programme, an amalgamation of art and academia designed to generate new ideas exploring contemporary global issues.

'Bank On It’ is an original, interactive theatre production intended to get children as young as five thinking about the economy. It is the brainchild of children's theatre specialist, Sue Buckmaster, who was inspired by the 'academic boot camp' that saw three artists visit five of the University's academic departments in March 2012. Sue is described as 'a leading light in children's theatre' by Time Out.

The production will run from 22 June - 14 July at The Rose Lipman Building, and will appeal to children aged five and over. This is not a 'typical' theatre production. 'Bank on it' offers an immersive experience for families, and the audience will take part in a journey around an unusual building as part of the production

Calculate your Inflation rate

Find out how much your cost of living is going up with the BBC's Inflation calculator, created with Dr Michael McMahon and Warwick Economics Department students.

CAGE Conference 2013

The 2013 CAGE Conference commences this week at Scarman House, University of Warwick. The 4 day conference, which will see academics from all around the globe attend, will explore different themes of CAGE research starting with 'Accounting for the Great Divergence' chaired by Professor Stephen Broadberry on Tuesday 28th May.

Visiting the department this week...

This week, we're delighted to be welcoming the following academics and economists to our department: Jack Stecher (Carnegie Mellon) and Santi Sanchez Pages (Barcelona).

On the horizon...

The  next Economics Postgraduate Distinguished Lecture will be given by Professor Andrew Oswald on Tuesday 4th June, 4.15-5.15pm in room M1 of the Radcliffe Teaching Centre.  The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception outside room M1, where you will have the chance to talk informally with the speaker. Prof. Oswald will be talking about Home Ownership as a Driving Force Behind High Unemployment in our Nations.  Those who would like to read a new formal paper on the material of the lecture can find it on his website under the title "Does High Home-Ownership Impair the Labour Market?" You are most welcome to come along to his talk at 4.15pm.  There is no need to register – just turn up.

Presentations & external events

Thijs van Rens will present his paper "Accounting for Mismatch Unemployment" at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow on Thursday 30th May.
Mike Waterson will be giving a seminar at INRA, Paris on Thursday 30th May, on the topic of price leadership in British supermarkets.

This week's events, workshops & seminars

Tues 28: 9-5pm Scarman House
CAGE Conference 2013: 'Accounting for the Great Divergence'

Tues 28: 1-2pm S2.79
Jack Stecher (Carnegie Mellon)
Theory Workshop

Tues 28: 2.30-4pm S2.79
Santi Sanchez Pages 'Inequality in Conflicts'
Political Economy Workshop

Tues 28: 4-5.30pm S2.79
Dean Karlan (Yale)
CAGE Seminar

Weds 29: 9-5pm Scarman House
CAGE Conference 2013: 'The Role of Cultural and Political Factors in Institutional Change and Development'

Wed 29: 1-2pm S2.79
Alex Dobson 'Dynamic Evaluative Frames and Social Comparison'
Behavioural / Bounded Rationality Workshop

Wed 29: 4-5.30pm S2.79
Jack Stecher (Carnegie Mellon)
CRETA Seminar

Thurs 30: 9-5pm Scarman House
CAGE Conference 2013: 'The Political Economy of Redistribution and Income Inequality in Developed Democracies'

Thurs 30: 1-2pm S2.77
Giulia Lotti 'The Effect of Motherhood Empowerment at Early Childhood on Mother and Child: Evidence from Ecuador'

Thurs 30: 2.30-3.45pm Wolfson Research Exchange
Wandi Bruine de Bruin (University of Leeds) 'Advertising Energy Saving Programs: The potential Environmental Cost of Emphasizing Monetary Savings'
DR@W Forum

Thurs 30: 4-5.30pm S2.79
Janet Currie 'Diagnosis and Unnecessary Procedure Use: Evidence from C-Section' 
Departmental Seminar

Fri 31: 9-5pm Scarman House
CAGE Conference 2013: 'Poverty and Welfare'

Fri 31: 1-2pm S2.77
Zeyyad Mandalinci
Macro Group
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