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DEEM Doctoral Workshop on Development - Call for papers

This is an opportunity for PhD students working on topics in the field of development to discuss their current research in front of a friendly audience at a workshop to be held on 2nd June 2014. DEEM is calling for submission of abstracts/full-papers from PhD students in any department at the University of Reading. The deadline for submission of extended abstracts/papers that are at least 1,000 words is 15th March 2014. The abstract should focus on the research questions and the methodologies used to answer the questions. Please see the attached flyer for further details:

 DEEM Doctoral Workshop - call for papers

Economics Newsletter - January 2014EconNewsletterJan14

Click below to download the latest edition of the Economics Newsletter which has been sent to students. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

 Economics Newsletter January 2014




READING has topped the table of the most successful economic 'cities' in the country

The borough had been voted the top place to live and work, after a survey quizzed people on 10 factors most important to them when judging quality of life. Click below to read the article in full.

 The Reading Chronical 27th November 2013

Dr Alexander Mihailov academic visit to El Colegio de Mexico (Colmex)

In November 2013 Dr Alexander Mihailov spent a short academic visit at El Colegio de Mexico (also known as Colmex) in Mexico City following an invitation of the hosting institution. The purposes of the visit were several, as follows: (i) to present a working paper entitled "The Predictive Performance of Fundamental Inflation Concepts: An Application to the Euro Area and the US" at the Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society (LAMES) held at Colmex from 31 October to 2 November 2013, jointly with the annual meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA); (ii) to collaborate with his co-author, Dr Stephen McKnight based at Colmex, on a new research project on "Determinacy and Learnabilty of Equilibrium under Imperfect Exchange-Rate Pass-Through"; (iii) to deliver a mini-course on "Analysis of New Keynesian Models Using Dynare/Matlab", which involved two theoretical lectures and two laboratory computer programming classes, for the MSc and PhD students at Colmex specializing in macroeconomics; (iv) thereby, to promote research and teaching at the University of Reading beyond our university and the UK. The academic visit proved to have been successful and beneficial for both parties, and it is intended that the established international research and teaching collaboration will continue in the near future.

ICHUE Seminar - A Tale of Two Victorian Cities: Exploring Local Case Studies to Analyse Long-Run Neighbourhood Dynamics

Tuesday 5th November from 1-2pm in HumSS 181

The International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics (ICHUE) is organising a seminar series in conjunction with the School of Real Estate and Planning. The aim is to bring together researchers from across the university with a shared interest in housing and contemporary urban economic problems. The first seminar will be given by Professor Geoff Meen from the Department of Economics. 

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive information about future seminars and other events organised by ICHUE, or if you would be interested in presenting your work in these seminars, please contact Vivien Burrows (

Economics Newsletter - Autumn 2013

Click below to download the Autumn 2013 edition of the Economics Newsletter which has been sent to students. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

 Economics Newsletter Autumn 2013

Departmental ASK Advisers

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International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics (ICHUE) Workshop Housing and the Economy - The crisis and beyond -

19th September 2013 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

Palmer Building Room 105

More details about the workshop are available in the attached Flyer and workshop program as well as the ICHUE webpage. Attendance is free, but please register (for catering purposes) by sending your name and affiliation to .

DEEM Workshop: The challenges of doing research in development

Thursday 5th September 2013

The new Developing Economies and Emerging Markets (DEEM) inter-disciplinary Research Centre will bring together researchers working on development topics. DEEM will be officially launched with this free one day workshop, focussed on challenges of doing research in development.

More details are available from the DEEM Webpage
Registration is now open via the Online Store: DEEM event page

Economics Newsletter - Summer 2013

Download the Summer 2013 editions of the Economics Newsletter which has been sent to students. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

 Economics Newsletter Summer 2013

Emeritus Professor P E Hart

Release Date 19th February 2013

We very much regret to announce the death of Emeritus Professor P E Hart.  Peter Hart was appointed Professor of Economics on 1st August 1967 and formally retired on 30th September 1983 whereupon he was granted the title of Emeritus Professor.  A private family funeral is to take place and a memorial service will be held at Wargrave Church on Saturday 2nd March at 2pm, with a reception afterwards at Greenlands, Henley.

SPEIR Research Award

Release Date 15th May 2012

The School of Politics, Economics and International Relations is delighted to announce that it will be offering PhD fee awards to eligible candidates for the 2012/13 intake. These awards cover tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate.

In order to be considered you must be looking to undertake a research degree to start in October 2012 in the fields of Economics or Politics and International Relations.

To express interest in this opportunity, please contact Professor Geoff Meen

 Flyer for SPEIR Research Award

Taxation and Tax Evasion: Economics and Beyond

Release Date 10th May 2012

The next CIP workshop will be held on Friday May 18. The title is "Taxation and Tax Evasion: Economics and Beyond". This workshop will highlight an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of taxation and tax evasion for academics and practitioners, integrating economics with politics, history, psychology, and sociology.

There will be six talks by the following invited speakers:

Michael Braddick, Professor of History and the PVC for Arts and Humanities, the University of Sheffield

Jane Frecknall-Hughes, Professor of Law and Head of Law School, the Open University

Mathieu Lefebvre, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Centre of Research in Public Economics and Population Economics, The University of Liege

Alan Lewis, Professor of Economic Psychology and Head of Department of Psychology, the University of Bath

Gareth Myles, Professor of Economics and the IFS Research Fellow, the University of Exeter

Friedrich Schneider, Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Vienna

The workshop is scheduled to run from 9:45 am till 4:30 pm, with breaks for refreshments. Please contact Nigar Hashimzade if you wish to attend:

Everyone is welcome and the workshop is free!

Flyer for Tax Workshop

Working as a Useful Economist- a Guide for Mortals

Release Date 27th April 2012

We are delighted to announce that Professor Andrew Ross, the Deputy Director of the Government Economic Service and Government Social Research Service and the Visiting Professor at the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations, will give a presentation for Economics students and staff on Wednesday, May 23, in HumSS van Emden Lecture Theatre.

He will talk about the skills required by government economists, and will answer questions you may have about the career in economics with the Civil Service, the recruitment and selection process (the next round starts in September 2012), about student placements, and other related issues. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the Government Economic Service from first hand.

All Part 1 and Part 2 students and instructors are encouraged to attend this important event.

The talk will start at 2 pm and finish at about 4 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 Flyer for GES Presentation

Microsoft Future Proof Tour to Visit Reading

Release Date 26th April 2012

The Tour is designed to help students become workplace ready with Windows 7. Recognising how tough the jobs market is currently for UK students, Microsoft have created a Touring event using Windows technology to provide students with tools to help them study more effectively (e.g. Microsoft OneNote) and prepare them for the modern day workplace.

The event will be happening the week after next (Monday 7th - Friday 11th May), in the Students' Union and we encourage all our students to attend!

Stand-Up Economist to Visit Reading!

Release Date 25th April 2012

Yoram Bauman is coming to Reading on Monday 30 April for an evening of stand-up comedy. Please see details below:

In his other life he is an environmental economist, and we are delighted to announce that he will be presenting one of his academic papers on the economics of climate change at 2pm in URS 2s12.

The paper is: Climate sensitivity: should the fat tail wag the policy dog?, by Gerard H. Roe (Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington,Seattle, WA) and Yoram Bauman (Program on the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Institute of Global Low-Carbon Economy, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing)

You can find a copy following links from Yoram's webpage at:

Hope to see you all there!

MA in Public Policy Scholarship Deadline Extended

Release Date: 18th April 2012

We are pleased to announce that the deadline for applications for the MA in Public Policy Scholarship has been extended to May 15th 2012.

Apply now to receive £2500 towards your tuition fees!

Economics of Happiness

Release Date: 17th April 2012

Governments across the world say our happiness is important and should be a policy goal in its own right. But what is happiness and how can it be measured? Economists and policy makers are interested in it but should they be?

At the start of the Academic Year Dr Marina Della Giusta, School of Politics, Economics and International Relations, presented a Public Lecture, the economics of Happiness. You can listen to the lecture by clicking on this link.

Public Policy Scholarship Opportunity! Deadline 15th April 2012

Release Date: 15th March 2012

Are you interested in advancing your knowledge in Public Policy, by taking a postgraduate degree, but concerned about finances? If so, read on! To celebrate the launch of our new flagship master's degree in Public Policy, the school of Politics, Economics and International Relations are delighted to announce a fixed scholarship of £2500 to contribute towards your tuition fees. The Public Policy Scholarship is available to Reading students only. In order to be considered, you must be on track for a good 2:i and keen to further your academic study by pursing postgraduate degree.

With the opportunity to specialise in the economics or politics of policy and an emphasis on developing finely honed research skills, on top the opportunity to take a placement over the summer months, this degree programme offers a truly enriching postgraduate experience.

In order to apply, simply state on the application form that you wish to be considered for the Public Policy Scholarship. In the postgraduate application form you can state this in section 10 (funding). You can access the application form here

Apply Now in order to be considered for this fantastic opportunity!

Celebrating Women in Research

Release Date: 13th March 2012

To mark International Women's day, a photographic exhibition at the University of Reading celebrated women in research. Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Professor Catriona McKinnon and Dr Marina Della Giusta from the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations were among the featured researchers in the exhibit.

'The exhibition focused on celebrating women who work in research, and who are good female role models for those aspiring to be researchers, or are already working in this area.

The women in the exhibition represent just a small selection of the fantastic women we have working in different areas of research at different levels across the whole of the University of Reading. It is hoped that their stories will inspire others, and show how they have coped with the challenges and rewards which come with this type of career.'

Click on the link to view the photos and read about the experiences of the women included in the display.

Question Time Event Tuesday 13 March 2012

Release Date: 3rd March 2012

18:00 until 19:00 at the Van Emden Lecture Theatre, HumSS Whiteknigts Campus

Reading University Think Tank Society and members of the Department of Economics are co-hosting a Question Time style debate.

The theme for questions and debate is 'the value and purpose of higher education'. The society has requested any questions to be emailed in advance and you can contact them by emailing

The panel will feature members of staff, university figures and external guests and experts on the topic. Panellists:

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell
Professor Brad Hooker
Dr Alan Renwick
Other panelists tbc
Chairperson tbc

Open to all students and staff

Capacity is limited to 150: first come-first seated!

RU Inspired Lunchtime Event

Release Date: 1st March 2012

Students talked about their experiences during their Placement Year, including what it REALLY takes to do a placement.

To read more about Work Placements, please click on the link below to access the CareersBlog with fascinating articles on the world of placements.

The ASEN 2012 Conference on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries is fast approaching!

Release Date: 28 February 2012

27-29 March 2012 at the London School of Economics

The preliminary programme is available on the ASEN conference web page but is subject to some changes:

To register for the conference please follow this link:

MA in Public Policy

Release Date: 27 February 2012

Our new flagship degree is now open for applications. Details of fee discount for Reading students to follow. You can apply online or through post, by clicking on the following link:

Centre for Euro-Asian Studies Welcomes Kazakhstan Ambassador

Release Date: 24th February 2012

The lecture was organised by Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Head of CEAS and Professor of Economics at the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations.

Reading's Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell attended the lecture and participated in the question and answer session afterwards, along with students from the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations.

You can read the press release by clicking on the following link:

Chancellor Awards

Release Date: 20 February 2012

We are delighted to announce that three of our students were awarded the Chancellor Award for excellent academic achievement.

Ying Hui Lee (BA International Relations and Economics), Ian McGuinness (BA Business Economics) and Adam Pasierbek (BA Economics) were presented their award at the inaugural Chancellor's Award ceremony celebrating those students who achieved the highest results in their subject at the end of either their first or second year of study. Very many congratulations to you all!

You can read more about the award and the success of Reading students, by clicking on the link below:'s_Award_2011.pdf

International Conference comes to Reading

Release Date: 18 February 2011

The School of Economics is delighted to announce that we are co-hosting the 28th Annual International GdRE Symposium on Money, Banking and Finance. The conference will take place over 23-24 June 2011, using both the Henley Business School building on the Whiteknights campus, and the beautiful Greenlands campus for our Gala Dinner taking place on the evening of 23 June.

For this key event of the Economics calendar we have secured keynote speakers Marvin Goodfriend from Carnegie Mellon University and Paul De Grauwe of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. There will also be a round table panel discussion on 'Re-Regulating Banking in the UK and the EU'. Selected papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of The Review of International Economics.

For further information please visit the Symposium website at:

Prize Awarded to Professor Kalyuzhnova

Release Date: 2 February 2012

Professor Kalyuzhnova received a prestigious Bergson Prize for her paper "Corruption and Economic Development in Energy-Rich Economies" (co-authored with Ali Kutan and Taner Yigit). The paper has been selected as the winner of the Bergson Prize for the best paper published in Comparative Economic Studies during the two years 2009 and 2010. The award includes a monetary prize and a plaque that was presented at the same time the award is announced during the annual meetings of ACES in Chicago last month.


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