Royal Economic Society (RES) Symposium of Junior Researchers 2016

Royal Economic Society

Submissions are invited for the Symposium of Junior Researchers 2016 of the Royal Economic Society, taking place on Thursday 24 March 2016 at the University of Sussex, Brighton.

We invite submissions of papers from PhD students and early career researchers in any field of economics. The details for submissions are as follows:

The keynote lecture will be given by Professor Stefan Dercon (University of Oxford).

This event is a one-day conference for junior researchers that will follow the RES annual conference. The main objective of the Symposium is to bring together young economists at different stages of their research and to foster discussion and dissemination in all areas of economics.

In addition to parallel sessions with discussion, there will be time and space for poster presentations.

Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the Symposium will have the chance to win an award for the best paper of £100 and have the opportunity to present her/his paper in a plenary session.

Further information about the conference, including details of financial assistance for PhD students, is available on the conference webpage:

Please do not hesitate to email the local organizing committee at if you have any questions relating to the conference.


School of Business, Management and Economics staff win big with University Excellence in Teaching Awards

School of Business, Management and Economics

School of Business, Management and Economics staff win big with University Excellence in Teaching Awards

The hard work of academics and support staff in the School of Business, Management and Economics (BMEc) has been recognised with the announcement that nine of 41 winners of the University’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards work within the School.

The awards, which invite nominations by students and staff from across the University in start of each spring term, celebrate outstanding achievement in teaching and support.

Head of School Prof Steven McGuire said:

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate those in BMEc honoured by these awards. This much-deserved recognition of their hard work clearly reflects the positive experience of our students at all levels, both in terms of their teaching and the support they’ve received in enhancing their studies with professional placements – I’d like to extend my thanks on behalf of the School to everyone involved”

The School’s Director of Teaching and Learning Dr Julie Litchfield – who as Chair of the School Teaching and Learning Committee helps determine the winners – commented on the achievements of each recipient:

Outstanding or Innovative Undergraduate Teaching

  • Dr Norifumi Kawai, Lecturer in International Business (Department of Business and Management)
    “Norifumi is recognised for excellence in teaching, particularly on internationalisation. Students report that they feel they are being prepared to be leaders in the international business environment, not just to pass exams. Norifumi’s careful and reflective approach to teaching, evidenced in student feedback, demonstrates a strong understanding of how students from different backgrounds have different approaches and experiences of learning.”
  • Dr Dimitra Petropoulou, Lecturer in Economics (Department of Economics)
    “Dimitra receives excellent feedback from both students and staff on her teaching and she is specially praised for her interactive teaching style. She is a keen innovator with technology, making full use of clickers, quizzes and online games in and out of the classroom, and she was recently awarded a TEL (Technology-Enanced Learning) grant to further this innovation.”
  • Boidurjo (Rick) Mukhopadhyay, Associate Tutor (Department of Business and Management)
    “Rick is highly regarded by the students he teaches across a range of modules in BMEc. He makes great efforts to encourage active learning in the classroom, thinking about in-class strategies that will work for different modules and in particular using group tasks to build co-operation and confidence.”

Outstanding or Innovative Postgraduate Teaching

  • Dr Nikolaos Papanikolaou, Lecturer in Banking and Finance (Department of Business and Management)
    “Nikolaos receives wonderful comments and testimonies from MSc students. Particularly notable are his efforts to inspire students undertaking research. This, from a recent student, says it all: ‘What was a daunting prospect at start certainly transformed into a richly rewarding experience courtesy of your astute and hands-on supervision of the process’.”
  • Dr Josh Siepel, Lecturer in Management (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit)
    “Josh receives consistently high praise from students and colleagues for his engaging, thoughtful andstimulating style of teaching. He deserves special recognition for his efforts to adapt his teaching approach to changing scale and diversity and has had great success in eliciting active participation by international students.”
  • Malgorzata (Gosia) Sulimierska, Teaching Fellow in Banking (Department of Business and Management)
    “Gosia receives extremely positive feedback from students on MSc Banking and Finance and many comment on her support to them in tackling challenging new concepts and techniques. She should be congratulated on her innovative use of technology in teaching, particular social media.”
  • Dr Mike Osborne, Lecturer in Accounting and Finance (Department of Business and Management)
    “Mike brings a wealth of industry experience to his teaching. From a recent PoT “Content was complex but rendered highly accessible, even enjoyable, and certainly very relevant to the world of finance.’ He has a very carefully thought out approach to his teaching, aiming to inject enthusiasm for learning among his students and clearly succeeding.”

Oustanding or Innovative Assessment and Feedback

  • Pedro Rosa DiasLecturer in Economics (Department of Economics)
    “Students praise Pedro warmly for demystifying economics (it is not easy to teach economics to non-economists) and statistics but Pedro has been recognised for his innovative work on assessment and feedback. Across all his modules, Pedro has a carefully designed strategy to give students feedback on their progress, using technology in the classroom, rapid feedback quizzes on SyD and self-diagnosis tools.”

Outstanding Professional Services Support for the Learning Experience of Students

  • BMEc Employer Engagement Team – Ian PiersonMarni McArthur and Jo Budd (Professional Services)
    Our Employer Engagement Team has pioneered the professional placement year at Sussex and has helped many of our own students secure placements and graduate employment. Their experience in identifying opportunities, working with employers, developing protocols and supporting faculty and students has been welcomed by other schools as they develop their own placement year.”

    Marni McArthur, Placements Co-ordinator, added:

    “We are immensely proud of receiving this award and all thoroughly enjoy supporting the largest placement cohort within the University.

    “Our work is particularly rewarding because of the relationships we have fostered with excellent colleagues across campus, employers and (of course) enthusiastic and motivated BMEc placement students.”

Prof Clare Mackie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), said: “I am delighted that these awards allow us to celebrate teaching and learning at Sussex, which established a reputation for teaching and learning in the 1960s when it broke the mould to ‘redraw the map of learning’ – since then delivering innovative teaching, learning and student support.

“With the current pace of life, however, we often forget to reflect and celebrate the high-quality achievement in these areas.

“The University’s Excellence in Teaching Awards give us a chance to do this. These awards are richly deserved and transform the future of our students.”

Winners will receive their certificates at the next Teaching and Learning Conference.

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2014 Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded to Jean Tirole

2014 Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded to Jean Tirole

written by Ursula Moffitt

jean tiroleAt just after 1pm CET today, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2014 was awarded to Jean Marcel Tirole of Toulouse, France. This prize, more commonly known as the Nobel Prize in Economics, was given to Dr. Tirole for his extensive work on the behavior of large companies in relation to market power and regulation.

This marks the first time in over 30 years that the prize has been given to someone focusing on regulation. This topic has become increasingly relevant since the global financial crises began six years ago, and the timing of this award underscores its continued importance. Dr. Tirole’s research focuses specifically on dense mathematical models that describe and analyze markets, attempting to parse out ways to control the monopolies held by major companies. According to the Guardian, Dr. Tirole said he was grateful for the award for his work on “taming powerful firms”.

Dr. Tirole has a broad base of expertise, however, including topics in game theory, banking, finance and psychology. He is chairman of the board of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation at the Toulouse School of Economics, a founding member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) and scientific director of the Industrial Economics Institute (IDEI) in Toulouse. He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1981 before returning to France to take up his first research position at CERAS, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. Since then, Dr. Tirole has worked as a professor and researcher in numerous institutions in the United States and France, including as an economics advisor to the Prime Minister from 1999 – 2006.


If you’re interested in reading about last year’s winner, take a look at this blog post on the 2013 Nobel Prize recipients and their work.


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Infinity 2014 Conference – Call for Papers

INFINITI 2014 – SAVE THE DATE: 9-10 June 2014

The 12th INFINITI Conference on International Finance

by Trinity College Dublin & Monash University

9-10 June 2014 at Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy

“Global Finance – Integration or Mere Convergence?”


Keynote Speakers:

Fabio Canova, European University Institute, Italy

Dirk Schoenmaker, Duisenberg School of Finance, The Netherlands


American Economic Association Meeting 2014

American Economic Association Meeting 2014: Blogs, Papers & Sessions

written by Anastasia Sharova

January 13, 2014


The annual American Economic Association Meeting is a well-known event bringing together some of the brightest minds in economics and probably counting as one of the largest gatherings of young academics in one place. Here at INOMICS we are delighted to have been a part of this annual gathering for the second year in a row, as besides attendance of exceptional academic sessions, it is also a rare opportunity to meet and greet our users and readers personally.

Traditionally, every year we post interesting materials from and about ASSA meetings. With the extreme weather conditions making attendance difficult this year for many, we hope that this collection of materials will prove even more popular!

So, what was happening at ASSA? Here is our list of blogs, papers and videos to check out:

1. A good overview of what was happening at ASSA 2014 was published on Economic Principals by David Warsh and in the post ASSA 2014 Highlights by Parag Waknis, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

2. The Economist’s interpretation of the discussions in Philadelphia in This Time is Worse.

3. Jon Hinselrath gathered a more than curious collection of “papers with conclusions that were intriguing, offbeat, counterintuitive, head-scratching and sometimes downright kooky”.

4. Vox launched several new columns written by PhD Candidates about their Job Market Papers.

5. A humor session lead by Noah Smith is covered in his post Econotrolls of Academia The Science and Art of Economics.

6. On a humor note, check out a Bingo game for Job Market Candidates.

7. In Job Flexibility Seen as Key to Equal Pay Brenda Cronin presents suggestions how to narrow the gender gap by Harvard Professor Claudia Goldin.

8. Employment Outcomes for Economics PhDs since 1997 in a study conducted by Wendy Stock, Professor at Montana State University, and John Siegfried, Professor at Vanderbilt University.

9. A list of presented papers on behavioral economics, mostly with a preview available for download.

10. A summary of a session on research transparency held by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences.

11. Five Takeaways from the American Economic Association Meeting on WSJ Blogs by Brenda Cronin can be a useful guide for those planning to attend future events.

12. Selected Webcasts of the ASSA 2014 are also available now online.

If you know more articles and materials to share, please do so in the comments!

Photo Credit: Peter Miller

Economics research students present work at PhD conference

Economics research students present work at PhD conference

Economics PhD conference 2013
Economics PhD conference 2013


Economics PhD students nearing completion of their studies presented their research to a roomful of fellow students and faculty from the Department of Economics and the Institute of Development Studies at the Department’s annual PhD conference on 5 December.

Guest speaker Professor Marco Manacorda (Queen Mary University, London) then presented his work on Social Security and Formal Labour Supply in Uraguay.

Presentations from Economics PhD students covered the following topics:

  • Matteo Sandi
    Migration in the time of crisis: evidence on its effectiveness from Indonesia
  • Malgorzata Sulimierska
    Capital account liberalization, investment and productivity: Sector-level analysis
  • Janani Ranasubramanian
    Impact of crop microinsurance on the use of agricultural inputs: Evidence from India
  • Omofolamihan Malomo
    Informal payments and ethnic networks: The case of Nigerian Firms

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Call for Papers: IFABS 2014, Lisbon


 6th International Conference

“Alternative Futures for Global Banking: Competition, Regulation and Reform”

ISCTE Business School – Lisbon, Portugal – 18-20 June, 2014


Keynote Speakers

Professor Thomas Noe, University of Oxford (2nd Keynote Speaker tbc)

The IFABS 2014 is jointly organized by the ISCTE Business School, ISCTE-IUL Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, University of Leicester School of Management, Cass Business School, City University and University of Molise in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal, on 18-20 June, 2014.

IFABS is one of the world’s leading organisations dedicated to the promotion of research and understanding of banking and finance. Established in the UK its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of banking and finance for economic development and the wellbeing of members of society. It achieves this by providing a forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major financial and banking challenges and networking amongst academics, policy-makers, research students and practitioners.


The conference organizers would like to invite the submission of papers relating to all aspects of banking and finance. Both theoretical and empirical papers are encouraged in areas which include, but are not limited to:

Asset Pricing
Capital Markets
Financial Crises
Financial Regulation
Emerging Market
Macro-financial Linkages
Behavioral Finance
Mathematical & Computational Modelling
Financial Intermediation
Corporate Governance
International Corporate Finance
Corporate Investment Decision
Efficiency & Productivity Analysis
Financial Integration
Mergers & Acquisitions
Financial Econometrics
Corporate Finance
Market Microstructure
Risk Management
Global Risk Markets
Financial Policy

The deadline for submission of completed papers or extended abstracts using the Conftool system at the Conference website is 1st March 2014.
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