Newsletter Online April 2013

Issue 161

Corresponds to RES Newsletter (Print Version) no. 161, April 2013

In this Issue:

Features

Secretary-General’s 2013 Annual Report

The Secretary General, John Beath, presented this report to the Society’s AGM at Royal Holloway, University of London, on 4th April.

Costing climate change and its mitigation

From the early 1990s onward, economists have engaged with the issue of climate change, in order to brief governments on some of the likely costs of prevention and increasingly of mitigation of the worst effects. In this article, Aart and Wiebina Heesterman distinguish three distinct phases of engagement.

Changing Expectations: Implications of the new funding era for the teaching of economics

On Friday 1st March, the Economics Network held its Spring Symposium at HM Treasury, London. The event was attended by around 50 delegates, which included university lecturers, recent graduates and practitioners. This report was prepared by Ashley Lait of the Economics Network.

Investing for Prosperity - Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation

The London School of Economics (LSE) Growth Commission published its final report at the end of January. The report is based on evidence taken in a series of public sessions from leading researchers, business people, policy-makers and UK citizens.1

The power of political voice

Anandi Mani reports on her research into the effect of women’s political representation on crime outcomes in India.1

Gabon: engaging Chinese timber operators in sustainable forest management

The reckless management of scarce natural resources has been an issue for many years. The depletion of hardwood stocks is usually associated with South America but Kingsley Ughe shows that this is also a problem in parts of West Africa. His research in the area also sheds some interesting light on China's relations with emerging economies.

Teaching Economics After the Crisis: Report from the Steering Group

In the April 2012 Newsletter, Diane Coyle reported on a conference sponsored by the Bank of England and the UK’s Government Economic Service to discuss the teaching of economics since the recent financial and economic crises. One outcome of the Conference wasthe formation of a steering group, including both academics and employers of graduate economists, to discuss recommendations for reforms to the teaching of economics students in the UK, In this article, Diane summarises the issues discussed and sets out the group's recommendations. It will be for others to consider how to respond.

Correspondence

Letter from America – A Harvard graduate student is playing dice with your future

In his latest letter, Angus Deaton stresses the advantages of assessment by publication-related metrics, but warns of the dangers to diversity when the highest ratings come from a highly concentrated group of journals.

Comments and Notes

Letter to the Editor

Obituary

Frank Hahn

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