Conference Diary

The full Conference Diary listing can be found in the print version of the current RES Newsletter. Please contact us with details of conferences/workshops which may be of interest to our readers.

Before October 2018, this list was divided into two parts. The first contained events with 'live' calls for papers. The second part contains details of all events of which we had been notified, including also those with calls for papers. Experience revealed that this was a recipe for considerable duplication, since most conferences had a call for papers associated with them at some point.

Since October 2018, therefore, we have adopted the layout of the Conference Diary in the hardcopy. That is to say, conferences and workshops are listed just once, in date order of their taking place. Those with calls for papers attached are clearly indicated.

Conferences and workshops



7-9 November                                                 Barcelona, Spain

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is holding an intensive course on the Competitive Effects of Mergers. This three-day course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the crucial role of competition enforcement in merger control by looking at established and new economic theories on mergers, the relevant empirical methods, as well as providing insightful discussions on recent high-profile merger cases in Europe and the US. Course instructors:

  • Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE; former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission)
  • Giulio Federico (European Commission)
  • Natalia Fabra (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Aviv Nevo (University of Pennsylvania; former Chief Economist, Antitrust Division, US Dept of Justice)
  • Elena Zoido (CompassLexecon).

Further information:

8 November             The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

The McWages project: Comparing real wages across countries and time

Real wages are a measure of the value of an hour of work measured in goods. Comparisons across countries are a natural measure of worker productivity and well being. Orley Ashenfelter's large scale project compares wage rates across countries and over time using the standardized work and products at McDonald's restaurants. Despite some growth in developing countries, real wage rates differ massively in rich and poor countries, and there are surprising gaps between American states as well.

Speaker: Professor Orley C. Ashenfelter FBA, Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics, Princeton University

FREE. Booking required

11-13 November                                              Ottawa, Canada

Bank of Canada conference on Capital Flows in Advanced Economies: Implications for Financial Stability. The aim of the conference is to discuss and promote the latest empirical and theoretical research on the implications of capital flows for financial stability in advanced economies.

Further information:

13 November                                  Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Institute of International Monetary Research Annual Monetary Conference, 2018

Did Milton Friedman matter to British economic policy? Does he still matter?

The Institute of International Monetary Research (IIMR) is holding its annual monetary conference on 13th November in Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, from 9:30am until 5:30pm.

Organised by Professor Tim Congdon and Dr Juan Castaneda, IIMR.

Confirmed participants: Geoffrey Wood, Forrest Capie, Duncan Needham, Tim Congdon, Philip Booth, Michael Oliver, John Greenwood, Charles Goodhart, Adam Ridley, Dimitri Tsomocos, Peter Jay, Victoria Bateman, Anthony Hotson and Steve Davies.

BY INVITATION ONLY. Please contact Gail Grimston should you wish to request an invitation (

The full programme with sessions and topics is available on our website.

19 November 

Finance Hub - Research Funding Call

Rebuilding Macroeconomics (RM), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), is inviting calls for research proposals under its Finance Hub.

Our long-term aim is to transform macroeconomics back into a policy-relevant social science. As an intermediate step, we will provide recommendations to the ESRC on our suggestions for the future shape and direction of research in Macroeconomics. We are looking to support projects that aim to identify promising areas for future research (on a ‘proof of principle’ basis), rather than seeking to obtain definitive answers from what will inevitably be limited project budgets.

RM will consider proposals which are genuinely innovative; which are oriented towards policy-relevant problems; which are rigorous; and may open-up new promising avenues for investigation but may be overlooked by traditional funding sources. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary proposals and the introduction of new methods to macroeconomics. Please clearly indicate the goal of the project, methodology, expected outcomes and contribution. Please be also precise about how you plan to spend the money.

The deadline for stage 1 applications is 19 November. Applications should be submitted to

Please read our research call document for more information.

22 November                                    Canterbury

The programme for the Kent Workshop in Labour Economics: Employment and Wage Determination in European Labour Markets is now finalised.

The programme and joining instructions can be found at:

26 November

Are Our Economic Policy Instituions Fit For Purpose? (Rebuilding Macroeconomics Economic Institutions Hub - Research Funding Call)

Rebuilding Macroeconomics (RM), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and hosted by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), is inviting calls for research proposals under its hub on Economic Institutions led by Professors Laura Bear and Gary Dymski. Our research hub focuses on how macroeconomic policy is made, and how it is linked to academic economics and to the broader public.

The long-term aim of the RM project as a whole is to transform macroeconomics back into a policy-relevant social science; an intermediate step is to provide recommendations to the ESRC as to the future shape and direction of research in Macroeconomics. Project proposals should thus aim to identify promising areas for future research (on a “proof of principle” basis), rather than seeking to obtain definitive results from what will be limited project budgets.

RM will consider proposals which are genuinely innovative; which are oriented towards policy-relevant problems; which are rigorous; and may open-up new promising avenues for investigation but may be overlooked by traditional funding sources. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary proposals and the introduction of new methods.

Please read our funding call for more information. The deadline for stage 1 applications is 26 November - these should be submitted to

30 November - 1 December                             Dresden, Germany

12th CESifo Workshop on Political Economy at the Technical University, Dresden. Keynote lectures will be given by:

  • Gilles Saint-Paul (Paris School of Economics) and
  • Stefan Voigt (Universität Hamburg).

Further information:


3-4    December                                                                             Hong Kong

Conference on China’s Economic Reforms: Where do we stand? Organized by Global Research Unit, Department of Economics & Finance, City University of Hong Kong, Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT), and Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University. The conference focuses on financial reform, and provides a platform for evaluating and discussing China’s financial liberalization, integration with the global financial market, and the related implications for the global economy.

Further information:

7-8 December                             Munich, Germany

The 9th ifo Conference on Macroeconomics and Survey Data will take place at Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Further information:

13-15 December                             Seoul, South Korea

The Second Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) Conference will promote research excellence and cooperation in Labour and Applied Economics. The conference aims to bring together researchers from around the world and will be hosted by Seoul National University.

Keynote speakers:

  • Richard Blundell (University College London)
  • Henry Farber (Princeton University)

Further information:

17-18 December                                         Oxford

2nd Annual NuCamp Conference. The Nuffield College Centre for Applied Macro Policy (NuCamp) invites submissions in all areas of macroeconomics to its second conference to be held in Oxford 17-18 December 2018. Contributions are welcome from academics and policymakers working on any aspect of empirical or theoretical macroeconomics. We are particularly interested in submissions from the different generations of macroeconomists based in or visiting the UK.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th October. Please send submissions and expressions of interest in attending to There is no registration fee and we will cover the cost of meals and accommodation for participants. The conference organisers are Martin Ellison, Andrea Ferrero and Michael McMahon (all University of Oxford), who will finalise the programme by the end of October.

Further information:

17-19 December                                                       Massachussetts Institute of Technology

We are pleased to announce the third Cultural Transmission and Social Norms workshop (CTSN 3), to be held at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology on December 17-19, 2018.

CTSN is an interdisciplinary workshop for researchers focusing on cultural transmission and social norms, at both macro level (cultural differences, historical change, cultural evolution) and micro level (experimental work, psychology of norms, social contexts). CTSN is coorganized by David Hugh-Jones at the University of East Anglia and Fabian Winter at the Max Planck Institute, Bonn.

This year, we are kindly hosted by David Rand’s Human Cooperation Lab at MIT Sloan School of Business, with the help of Erez Yoeli. We have a great line-up of speakers from diverse disciplines, including Alberto Bisin, Raquel Fernandez, Michele Gelfand, Patricia Greenfield, Joseph Henrich, Eric Kimbrough, Erin Krupka, Pete Richerson, Jonathan Rose, Jonathan Schulz, Roman Sheremeta, Enrico Spolaore, Richard Woodberry, and Erez Yoeli.

There is space for non-presenting attendees. The attendance fee is $300 ($200 for PhD students). This year, to encourage emerging scholars in this field, we plan a poster session for selected applicants.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please send an email to with your name, academic rank, and affiliation. If you wish to submit a poster, attach either an abstract, a full paper, or the poster itself. The deadline for poster submissions is 31 October.



13-15 February                         Melbourne, Australia

The Women in Economics Network (WEN), in partnership with RMIT University, is proud to host its second Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW) in Melbourne, Australia, on 13-15 February 2019.

The aim of AGEW is to foster a community of economic researchers who can collectively contribute to the high quality evidence base needed to guide the pursuit of more gender equitable outcomes in society.

This academic workshop and policy symposium event provides the opportunity for researchers and policy analysts to come together to share their research insights across of spectrum of topics related to gender equality, to provide constructive feedback on participants’ research papers, and to converse with policymakers about how to translate this knowledge into actionable strategies to tackle gender inequality.

Both men and women are invited to participate in AGEW, especially as WEN recognises that addressing gender inequalities requires a collaborative understanding and input from all members of society.

In addition to the workshop and policy symposium, AGEW will offer a Professional Development program. This comprises an Academic Career Development session designed to provide mentoring advice and guidance to early- and mid-career academics, and a Gender Lensing Masterclass aimed at equipping professional economists with the skills and insights to undertake a gender-sensitive evaluation of policy settings. Further information is available on the Program page.


14-15 March                                             Washington, D.C.

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) Annual Conference 2019

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others, working to improve the theory and application of benefit-cost analysis. The SBCA holds an annual conference and meeting, to provide an opportunity for Society members and others in the field to present and explore cutting-edge scholarship.

For more information and to register please visit the conference website.

21 - 24 March                                     Tokyo, Japan

Western Economic Association International 15th International Conference will be held at Keio University, Japan. Keynote speakers:

Peter Diamon (MIT)
Robert Engle (New York University)
John Shoven (Stanford University)

Further information:


11-13 April                                      Brussels, Belgium

Spring Meeting of Young Economists will take place at the Université libre de Bruxelles. The goal of the conference is to promote the exchange of ideas and experience among young economists conducting research in all fields of economics. Keynote speakers:

  • Michael D Bordo (Rutgers)
  • Paul Collier (Oxford)
  • David K Levine (European University Institute)
  • Eric Maskin (Harvard)

Further information:

15-16 April                                  Oxford, UK

Labour in History and Economics: Migration, Markets, and the Work Environment


The transformation of work and concepts of labour, the movement of workers within and between countries, and changes in how people obtain work are significant trends in many contemporary economies. While they may appear to be new developments, these processes have historical roots and precedents. With the increasing use of historical data in economics and the return of labour to the forefront of economic history, the time is ripe for discussion and collaboration between labour historians, economic historians, and labour economists.

The empirical turn in economics has led to new research related to labour and work including the use of historical case studies. At the same time, the high-wage economy interpretation of the Industrial Revolution has put workers and wages at the forefront of economic history, and historians of capitalism have advanced the importance of labour repression, especially slavery, as a cause of modern economic growth. The Oxford Conference on Labour in History and Economics will bring together scholars from these disciplines to share research, perspectives, and methodologies.

For information on how to apply please read the call for papers document.


20 -21 May                             Nuremberg, Germany

A workshop on The Gender Wage Gap in Europe: What Can We Learn Using Linked Employer-Employee Data? will be held at the German Federal Employment Agency, Nuremberg. The purpose of the workshop is to: Promote understanding of the role employers play in accounting for the GWG; Establish the size of the GWG across countries and how the gap varies when accounting for the identity of the employer;
Identify mechanisms, which help explain the size of the GWG, e.g. discrimination, worker sorting, worker segmentation, monopsony employer power, rent-sharing, compensating wage differentials; Discuss methodological challenges and avenues for future research for academics using LEED to investigate the GWG.

If you wish to present a paper please submit a 500 word abstract to Stefanie by January 31st 2019.


3-8 June                                         Venice, Italy

In co-operation with Venice International University the institute will focus on five themes:
Economics of the Gig Economy (3-4 June); Taxation in the Digital Economy (3-4 June); Poverty, Inequality and their Associations aith Disasters and Climate Change (5-6 June); Gender in the Developed and Developing World (7-8 June). Economists working on these or related topics are invited to present and discuss their papers, exchange ideas and participate in discussions. Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2018.

Further information:

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