Cognitive economics lecture series
We are delighted to welcome Miles Kimball
, Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan, to the department this week. Over the next five days Miles will be delivering a series of special lectures on 'Cognitive economics
' for faculty and research students, including 'Defining cognitive economics', 'The price theory of happiness', 'Constructing a national wellbeing index', 'The elation theory of happiness', 'Rational expectations and infinite regress problems', 'Cognitive household finance',
and 'Survey measures of preference parameters'.
The lectures will take place daily between 11am-1pm in Room S2.79 (Room S0.19 on Thursday) and everyone is welcome to drop in.
Miles will also be delivering a special evening lecture for staff and students at 5.30pm on Wednesday 15 May in Room S2.79, The lecture will be based on the policy ideas he will be presenting to the Bank of England. In his paper, 'Breaking through the zero lower bound
', Miles investigates ways dealing with the current economic problems, including eliminating the zero lower bound on nominal interest rates. This will be followed by a drinks reception in the Cowling Room (S2.77).
You can keep track of Miles' musings in his blog 'Confessions of a supply-side liberal
Happiness - Warwick Alumni Day 2013
This year's Warwick Alumni Day
focuses on 'The happiness effect', with economics playing a key part in the day. Providing an economic perspective on the topic will be Tim Harford
, Financial Times columnist and Radio 4 presenter, Andrew Clark
from the Paris School of Economics, and Nick Powdthavee
from LSE. Warwick's Andrew Oswald
will moderate a panel discussion on 'The Happiness effect: from the individual to the societal'
and deliver a keynote speech on 'Understanding the midlife crisis
'. There will also be a Department of Economics stand in the Students Union atrium throughout the day, to showcase our work. All economics colleagues are very welcome to participate in the day and meet with Warwick alumni.
On the horizon
A Public Economics UK (PEUK) Conference on 'Administrative data in the social sciences'
, sponsored by Warwick, ESRC and CAGE, will take place at Scarman House on 18 and 19 June. The audience will be a mix of academics, PhD students, policymakers and practitioners. The aim of the conference is to help the ESRC identify priority research areas for future 'data' funding opportunities. If you are interested in attending part of all of the conference, please email Jane Snape
Visiting the department this week...
This week, we're delighted to be welcoming the following academics and economists to our department: Miles Kimball
(Michigan), Stephan Heblich
(Stirling), Edward Cartwright
(Kent), Luigi Pascali
(UPF), Asen Kochov
(Rochester), Pierre Chandon
(INSEAD) and Marianna Kudlyak
(Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond). If you would like to arrange a meeting with any of our visitors, either in your office or over lunch or dinner, email Rachael Brogan.
paper, 'Long-term European economic growth: What difference does the crisis make?'
has just appeared in the May issue of the National Institute Economic Review
paper, 'Shadowy banks and financial contagion during the Great Depression'
(joint with Gary Richardson), will be published in the May issue of the American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings
Presentations & external events
On Tuesday 14 May, Peter Hammond
will give a seminar on 'Characterising the constrained pareto efficiency properties of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium'
at Carlos III in Madrid.
will be giving a presentation on ‘Economic growth: Some basic ideas and applications to the UK’
for economists at DEFRA on Thursday 16 May.
will present his paper on 'Trade and uncertainty'
at the University of Oxford on Tuesday 14 May and at the CESifo Area Conference on Global Economy
in Munich on Friday 17 May.
Well done to Warwick Economics PhD student Andreas Mezel
, who has won a place on the 2013 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
to take place in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July. Andreas will receive an intensive introduction to leading research topics in the areas of entrepreneurship economics and entrepreneurial finance. Warwick professor, Chris Woodruff
will be one of the academics teaching at the camp, which is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.