Newsletter Online July 2008

Issue no. 142

This provides links to selected items from issue no.142, July 2008. It is part of a continuing project to make available selected material from issues before no.156, January 2012.

Features

Richard Portes and Economics in the UK
As readers will know, there have been a number of changes involving officers of the Society this summer. Richard Portes has stepped down after a long and impressive stint as Secretary-General. In this article, the current President, John Vickers, and five former Presidents pay tribute to Richard’s achievements.

Annual Conference Report
The Society’s Annual Conference took place this year at the University of Warwick , 17th to 19th March. This report of the event is written by Tim Harford, a Financial Times columnist, and author of The Logic of Life and The Undercover Economist.

Correspondence

Letter from Germany - The return of the watering can and some Oktoberfest economics
Have you ever wondered how to construct the optimal incentive contract for staff serving in the chaos of a beer festival? Ray Rees, at the University of Munich, reveals exactly how it’s done at the city’s famous Oktoberfest.

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