School of Economics

2010 archive

School of Economics news archive from 2010.

American Economic Review

Dr. Olga Gorbachev's article entitled “Did Household Consumption Become More Volatile?” was accepted for publication by the American Economic Review. This general-interest economics journal is published quarterly and contains articles on a broad range of topics. It was established in 1911 and is one of the most respected scholarly journals in the economics profession.

EUSA Teaching Awards

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) held their second annual awards ceremony for lecturers and tutors on Wednesday 24 March.

The School of Economics is delighted with the news that PhD student Sean Brocklebank has been the winner of the 'Vitae Best Postgraduate who Tutors Award' for 2009/10.

The awards are a chance for students and staff to celebrate teaching excellence and to encourage recognition of good teaching within the university.

General Election Party Political Debate: Economic Policies

In the run up to the General Election it is important to know what the Parties really stand for. And in the current financial climate, their economic polices are of particular significance.

Desperate for the student vote in this swing seat, the four main parties have come together for a debate to be hosted at the University of Edinburgh, in our grandest building, the McEwan Hall.

Date: Thursday 11th March 2010 Time: 19.00-20.30 Location: McEwan Hall (Edinburgh University) Host: The University of Edinburgh Economics Society Chair: Bill Jamieson, Executive Editor of The Scotsman Panellists: Labour Finance Spokesman - Andy Kerr MSP Conservative Finance Spokesman - Derek Brownlee MSP Liberal Democrats Finance Spokesman - Jeremy Purvis MSP SNP Treasury Spokesman - Stewart Hosie MP

Followed by wine reception.

*FREE ENTRY for students, non-students: donations welcome*

This is a great opportunity to question and pick apart the policies of these competing parties. Please email any issues you would like raised to

To guarantee a seat please register your interest, including name & student no. (where applicable), by emailing

Economics Society

Congratulations to the Economics Society!

Our very own Economics Society were runners up in the Edinburgh University Student Association's recent Society Oscars. They were just pipped to the post by the History Society. The Economics Society is very active, and with a UK general election not far off they have organised a debate on economic policy to be held on Thursday March 11th 2010 in the McEwan Hall.

MSc Carbon Management representatives from University of Edinburgh at the 15th Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Summit December 09

The 'Scotland Day', organised by the Scottish Government, British Council Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, brought together delegates from dozens of nations, all keen to hear how the Climate Change Scotland Act might serve as an exemplary for action in their home countries and states. The large University of Edinburgh delegation at the COP is mostly comprised of MSc Carbon Management students and graduates (the 'Carbon Masters') and it was they who led the morning debating session, in tandem with the British Council's climate change advocates. The Scottish Climate Change Minister, Stewart Stevenson, then went on to lead a discussion on what the Scottish Climate Change Act means for the world, with the Carbon Masters giving an international view on its potential impacts.

The Guardian's 2010 University Guide

In the latest edition of the Guardian's 2010 University Guide, we are ranked fourth in the UK in our discipline across all higher education institutions. The ranking is based on seven statistical measures, including the results of the 2008 National Student Survey. This recognition is encouraging, but we will not let up in our efforts to continually improve our programmes.