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Previous Events

Economic Theory Day: Tuesday 16 July

Venue: seminar  room 3.10, 31 Buccleuch Place


  • 11.00-11.45     Ed Hopkins “College as a Signal of Self-Control”
  • 11.45-12.30      Tatiana Kornienko “Anarchy, Property and Power”

12.30-13.30      Lunch (pizza)

  • 13.30-14.15     Ina Taneva “Informational Hierarchies”
  • 14.15-15.00      Mariann Ollar “Implementation under Identical but Unknown Distributions”

15.00-15.30      Tea

  • 15.30-16.15     Andrew Clausen “Extreme Incentives”
  • 16.30-17.30      José Apesteguia “Random models for the joint treatment of risk and time preferences”


MacCaLM Summer Programme June 2019

The dates have been fixed for the MacCaLM Summer Programme:

17-19 June    Summer Workshop 

20 June          Annual Conference 

21-22 June     Seminars 

Check the MacCaLM website for regular updates

Conference on Behavioural Economics and the Economics of Inequality, 7-8 June 2019
The School of Economics held the Conference on Behavioural Economics and the Economics of Inequality, on June 7-8, 2019. The conference was organized by Ed Hopkins (University of Edinburgh) and Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University).


ESRC/School of Economics Procurement Day on Wednesday  21 November 2018 | Seminar room 3.10 - 31 Buccleuch Place

  • 10:00-11:15: Prof. Eyal Winter (University of Lancaster and Hebrew University) - Raising Capital from Heterogeneous Investors
  • 11:15-11:45: Break, with coffee and biscuits/fruit
  • 11:45-13:00: Dr. Daniel Monte (Sao Paulo School of Economics) - Information Design with Recommender Systems

MacCaLM conference June 2018

For details on the MacCaLM conference, please visit the MacCaLM website

ESRC Transparency in Procurement May 2018, Florida

The podcast of this event is now available from the project website.


MacCaLM Post-Crisis Macroeconomics Workshop (with Christina and David Romer) - 17 October 2017

The MacCaLM project was delighted to welcome Paul Beaudry (University of Oxford), Franck Portier (University College London) and David Romer (University of California, Berkeley) to the MacCaLM Post-Crisis Workshop. The day concluded with a public lecture from Christina Romer (University of California, Berkeley, followed by a Q&A with Christina and David Romer, held in association with the David Hume Institute. 

You can find out more information about the event including (Christina Romer's talk) here.

Gender Workshop - 2 & 3 November 2017

The School's first workshop dedicated to the subject of Gender in economics.

Transparency in Procurement - 16 September 2017

The second mini-conference of the ESRC grant  "Transparency in procurement" took place on 16 September.

Check the programme

Agricultural Productivity, Rural-Urban Migration and Structural Transformation - 25 & 26 June 2017

This workshop event is organised by Jan Grobovsek and sponsored by the grant “Misallocation, Agriculture, and Aggregate Productivity – The Role of Insecure Land Rights and Missing Financial Markets.”

The workshop will consist of presentations by leading researchers in the areas of micro and macro development investigating the nexus between agricultural productivity and rural-urban migration in developing countries.

More information can be found here.

Society for Economic Dynamics - 22 - 24 June 2017

The MacCaLM Project and the University of Edinburgh are delighted to be hosting the Annual Conference of the Society for Economic Dynamics in June 2017.  Plans are well underway for the event which will provide an excellent opportunity to share MacCaLM research and have discussions with a wide international audience of economists over 3 days .

Details of the 2017 Annual Meeting can be found on the website.

Conference Brochure

Annual Conference of the Society for Economic Dynamics in June 2017

The event is kindly sponsored by: MacCaLM | Bank of England | The Scottish Government | Convention Edinburgh | The Famous Grouse Experience

MacCaLM Policy Forum - 21 June 2017

We are delighted that our 2017 Annual Conference will be held in association with the Bank of England and the Scottish Government, taking the form of a Policy Forum and acting as the pre-event for the SED Annual Meeting. Speakers include Giancarlo Corsetti (University of Cambridge), Ricardo Reis (London School of Economics) and Adam Szeidl (Central European University). Our keynote speaker is Mark Gertler (New York University).

Please see the MacCaLM website for updates.


European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society - 10 & 11 December 2016

For more than fifty years, the European Winter Meetings have fostered interaction among a small group of young scholars, who presented their work by invitation, and a group of senior academics representing different regions and fields of specialisation. Many of today’s leading European economists kick-started their careers at one of these meetings. At the turn of the century, the meetings began to focus on PhD students close to finishing their thesis.

We can now confirm that the third meeting will be held at the University of Edinburgh, on December 10 & 11, 2016

Check the website for forthcoming announcements.

Full Programme

Scottish National Gallery, Samuel Bough, Snowballing Outside Edinburgh University
Snowballing Outside Edinburgh University (Samuel Bough, Scottish National Gallery)










Transparency in Procurement - 16 September 2016

The first mini-conference of the ESRC grant  "Transparency in procurement" will take place on 16 September.

Full Programme


MacCaLM Annual Conference - 21 June 2016

The next annual conference of the MacCaLM project will be held in Edinburgh on 21 June, 2016.  From the 13th to the 24th June, MacCaLM International Co-Investigators will begin arriving in Edinburgh to meet, discuss and attend seminars on the main project themes.  These discussions will continue to inform the work of the project and the following year’s research.  The project team will be joined by a number of invited guests for their annual conference on the 21st June when the discussions can be broadened and the project work shared with a wider audience.

Please see the MacCaLM website for updates on two week seminar programme.

Full Programme

Scottish Workshop in Development Economics - 26 May 2016

The one-day workshop, hosted by the School, brought together faculty and graduate students doing research on development topics in Scotland. Speakers included Tim Worrall (Edinburgh), Liang Bai (Edinburgh), Arjunan Subramanian (Glasgow), Catherine Porter (Heriot-Watt), Ramses Abul Naga (Aberdeen), Alma Sobrevilla (Glasgow), and Jan Grobovsek (Edinburgh). The goal of the workshop is to serve as a forum for discussing works-in-progress, as well as knowledge exchange and mentoring of students. 


Economics and Gender Workshop - 8 March 2016

The School held a workshop "Economics and Gender"  on Tuesday 8 March. The main purpose of the event was twofold. First of all the workshop offered an opportunity to showcase the gender-themed research produced by our own faculty and PhD students. And secondly, the workshop gathered feedback and suggestions regarding keynote speakers for a major conference planned in June 2017.

Full programme

SIRE Behaviour, Incentives and Contracts (BIC) Workshop, 17 October 2015

The SIRE Behaviour, Incentives and Contracts (BIC) Workshop was held on Saturday October 17th with keynote speaker Professor Jeff Ely of Northwestern University

The workshop aimed to provide a forum for microeconomic theorists and widen the interaction among faculty and students from Scottish universities.


Field Days workshop, 11 & 12 September 2015

SIRE and the University of Edinburgh School of Economics hosted the fourth Field Days workshop on the 11th and 12th of September 2015. This was a two-day international workshop on field experiments in the area of labour, health and development. The series was begun by the German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin in 2011 and gathers high profile researchers involved in field experimental research across the world.

The workshop aimed to increase the exposure to field experimental research, exchange knowledge between Scottish and international researchers and engage with the wider public and policy makers.

Confirmed speakers were Steffan Altman, Erwin Bulte, Simon Burgess, Robert Dur, David Huffmann, Jessica Leight, Joe Price, Michael Sanders, Luca Savorelli, Frank Shilbach and Tanya Rosenblat.

The workshop was organised by Prof. Michèle Belot and Dr. Liang Bai.


Two-day workshop with Humberto Barret

The School hosted a two-day workshop (28 & 29 May 2015) with guest speaker Prof. Humberto Barreto on how to use Excel to teach undergraduate economics & econometrics.


Barry Eichengreen 'Hall of Mirrors' Book Launch

Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley) presented his new book 'Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History'. The event, accompanied by a book signing took place on the 4th of February 2015.

2014 interdisciplinary conference on 'The Socio-Economic Determinants of Health'

The conference gathered researchers from various disciplines addressing the following questions:

  • How does the socio-economic environment affect human physiology and health? How important is stress and how is stress related to the socio-economic environment?
  • What determines the sensitivity to stress factors and how malleable is it? How much scope is there to decrease the propensity to engage in unhealthy behaviours?
  • How do we measure stress?
  • What is the scope for policy intervention?



Country Size and Border Effects in a Globalised World Workshop - 2014

This workshop, supported by SIRE and the School of Economics, brought together researchers in the fields of International Economics, Macroeconomics and Political Economy to discuss recent empirical and theoretical work on the economics of country size and new borders. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. James Anderson (Boston College and NBER) and Prof. Enrico Spolaore (Tufts University and NBER).

Panel Discussion “The Economics of New Borders: Implications for Scotland”

The School of Economics at the University of Edinburgh, together with the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) hosted a public panel discussion on the economics of new borders. The aim of the event was to showcase what methods economists use to evaluate the possible costs and benefits of independence, discuss the experience of other countries and explore the implications for Scotland.



Search and Matching 2014 Conference

The Annual Conference of the Search and Matching Network organised by Prof. Philipp Kircher and Dr. Ludo Visschers was held on 8-10 May.

Keynote speakers for 2014 were Per Krusell (Stockholm) and Costas Meghir (Yale).

Details available from the conference website, including some of the talks given on the day.

The conference was supported by SIRE.

BLUE: Inaugural Conference - 2013

This conference took place on June 6th-7th 2013 with speakers from Europe and the US on behavioural and experimental economics.

The conference was organised by Prof. Michèle Belot (University of Edinburgh) and supported by SIRE.

REStud annual meeting 9-10 May 2013

The Review of Economic Studies Meetings have been held annually in May since 1989. Every year, in line with the Review’s tradition of encouraging the work of young economists, seven of the most promising graduating doctoral students in economics and finance in the world are selected to present their research to audiences in Europe.

This year, for the first time, the UK visit of the tour was held in Edinburgh on the 9th and 10th of May 2013. The conference was supported by SIRE.

Standard seminar presentations were given over two days to audiences invited by the local hosts and which include members of the journal’s editorial board.


The Determinants of Dietary Choices – Approaches from different disciplines - 2013

The School hosted a major conference on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of March 2013. A dozen of UK researchers from different disciplines introduced their "discipline-specific" approach to the study of dietary choices (targeted at a general academic audience) and presented an overview of their relevant research findings. They were specifically interested in the following questions:

  • What are the biological, psychological and sociological determinants of dietary preferences and choices?
  • How did dietary choices evolve over human history? And how do these choices compare now in the UK to other countries?
  • What recommendations does the scientific community have for policy?

The conference was organised by Prof. Michèle Belot (University of Edinburgh).


SIRE BIC conference - 2012

The SIRE BIC ‘Theory’ conference was held on Saturday 6 October 2012 at the University of Edinburgh.

Guest speakers included Klaus Schmidt (Munich) and Olivier Compte (PSE) with additional contributions by S. Sánchez-Pagés (U. Barcelona/UoE), M. Costa-Gomes (Aberdeen), M. Mueller-Frank (Oxford), N. Vikander (UoE), G. Gerasimou (St. Andrews) and P. Kircher (UoE). The closing remarks were offered by John Moore.

All papers are now available from the conference website.



Conference on Behavioural Economics and the Economics of Inequality

The School of Economics is pleased to announce the Conference on Behavioural Economics and the Economics of Inequality, to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 7-8, 2019. The conference is being organized by Ed Hopkins (University of Edinburgh) and Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University).