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research life in pictures - people's choice winner

Shamsa Al Sheibani, a PhD student in Economics, was the People's Choice winner for Research Life in Pictures at the recent Doctoral Research Conference. Shamsa presented a poster titled "Hanging wonders of Reading".

"In a world of grey be red, be Reading". This is the slogan of the University of Reading by which all students, faculty and other employees are inspired to aim for greater heights and towards excellence in academic and professional arenas. This image shows bright red cubes hanging in an innovative and beautiful way from the ceiling of a building in a world of grey, and so the doctoral life is a striking and magnificent experience which enables students to distinguish themselves from others through their new and genuine research that is worth reading and applicable to real life.

The hanging wonders of Reading are not mythical. They are real. They are you and me. They are Reading. Shamsa Al Sheibani.

Congratulations to Shamsa!

2017-18 Placement Students

We are delighted that 14 Economics students will be doing a one year placement in 2017/18. The Government Economic Service (GES) placement scheme has proved a popular choice again as Reading students return to the Office for National Statistics, HM Treasury, as well as a new GES destination, The Food Standards Agency.

Other Economics students have chosen a variety of placement roles at the following organisations: Bank of England, CSI Ltd, Intel, Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited, Lloyds Bank and Travelport. Congratulations to all the students: Olivia Bald, Aidan Beresford, Chloe Felton, Roberto Marrocco, Sam Mernagh, Lloyd Phillips, Jimmy Philp, Fraser Ritchie, Rachel Strachan, James Wignall, Jake Wilson, Yunfei Zhu.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Reading in 2018.


Congratulations to our Class of 2017 who graduated on 6th July!

Summer Research Internship

Congratulations to Michael Georgiev, who has been awarded a Summer Research Internship by the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations.  Michael will work with Stefania Lovo from the Economics Department on a project to investigate the unintended effects of environmental regulation on firm performance.  The quantitative project focuses on Indian firms and will investigate whether a 2006 reform of the Environmental Impact Assessment procedure has raised entry barriers in certain states with consequent effects on incumbents' performance.

British Academy Post Doctoral Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Neha Hui (Ph.D. in Economics, 2017) who has been awarded a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship.  Neha will be working on 'Understanding Post Emancipation Indentured Labour Migration from the Indian Subcontinent to Trinidad'.

QS World University Rankings 2017

The QS World University Rankings 2017 by subject areas places the Department of Economics in the top 20 in the UK for Economics and Econometrics. The ranking is created by evaluating four parameters: academic reputation based on a survey of academics, reputation among employers (based on recruiter opinions), research citations per paper and the H-Index, which measures the prolificacy and impact of research publications.

"The new QS ranking represents an important recognition of the hard work that goes on in the Department and highlights the high calibre of the students and the placements that they find, as well as the result of our excellent teaching and research," says Giovanni Razzu, Head of the Department of Economics.

P&R Research Output Prize runner-up explains: Is your name holding you back from a life of riches?

From nine very strong outputs and strong competition, the paper "The Economic Payoff of Name Americanization" by Costanza Biavaschi (U Reading), Corrado Giulietti (University of Southampton) and Zahra Siddique (University of Reading) was awarded this year's P&R Research Output Prize runner-up.

Most Americans and Europeans have heard stories of ancestors migrating to the U.S. and Americanizing their names in the early 20th century, but what exactly was the extent of this phenomenon? What consequences did it have on migrants' economic success? In this paper the authors quantify for the first time the magnitude and consequences of name Americanization. Digging through thousands of 1920s naturalization papers from New York City, the authors find that more than 30% of European migrants abandoned foreign-sounding names to adopt a popular American name. This widespread practice paid off: migrants who Americanized their names achieved higher economic success than those who did not.

The selection panel was very impressed by the research, noting in particular the innovative data collection and statistical methods, but also that it addressed an important and timely topic, and the accessibility and clarity of the writing. Many congratulations to Costie and Zahra!

UROP awards

Along with Dr Sarah Jewell and Dr Marina Della Giusta, Dr James Reade has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) award. This means that in the summer they will be able to employ two undergraduate students in between their second and third years as research assistants on projects.

The project with Sarah is entitled "The Economics of Cricket and Football over the Centuries", and the project with Marina is entitled "The Economics of Board Games". Both will involve thinking creatively about applying economics into very interesting areas of life, and both will involve using data to draw more general conclusions about the way economic agents interact with each other.

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