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Six hundred leading global thinkers arrive in Bristol for Royal Economic Society Conference

10 April 2017

The University of Bristol will host economists from all over the world this month at the prestigious Royal Economic Society Conference, taking place from 10-12 April.

Experts from academia, government and central banks will present new research across a wide range of topics in economics and econometrics, from managing the UK debt to mental health. Keynote talks from leading economists at Harvard and Berkeley will focus on international trade, the long-term effects of social safety nets and uncovering dynamic causal effects. British-born 2016 Nobel Prize winner, Oliver Hart, will deliver an extended version of his acceptance speech.

Sessions at the Conference will also reflect on the state of the profession post-Brexit and why so few women study economics.

New to the 2017 Conference is ‘RES Presents’, which features free-to-attend public debates on Brexit and re-skilling the UK, along with a public lecture on the future of the global economy from Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England.

Delegates include economists from universities across the globe and financial institutions including the Bank of England, International Monetary Fund, Federal Reserve Board and the Banque de Paris.

Sarah Smith, Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Bristol and Programme Chair for the Conference, said: “It is very exciting to be hosting this event. Bristol Economics has a strong reputation, particularly for the real-world relevance and impact of its research, and I am really pleased to see that reflected in the session topics. To also be able to introduce ‘RES Presents’ at the Conference is a real honour, allowing us to reach out to a wider audience and inspire Bristol's healthy intellectual scene.”

Professor Andrew Chesher, President of the RES, said: “The Society’s renowned annual conference brings together scholars and practitioners from around the World presenting the latest developments in economic theory and econometric methods and showcasing real-world applications and policy implications. Hosted by one of the UK’s great Economics departments at the University of Bristol, this is a chance to hear the leading thinkers in economics today and the rising stars of tomorrow.”

Further information

The Department of Economics produces world-class research combining advances in economic theory, structural modelling and econometrics with innovative research in public policy. Visit the website for free tickets to the ‘RES Presents’ series of events.

The Royal Economic Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious economic associations in the world. It is a learned society, founded in 1890 to promote the study of economic science.

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