RES Training Schools




The Easter Training School

The Royal Economic Society has provided financial support combined with funding from the ESRC to enable training schools devoted to some aspect(s) of macro- and micro- economics for 23 years.

The Easter Training School is intended primarily for advanced postgraduate students doing doctoral research but is also open to younger lecturers, postdoctoral researchers and selected members of the Bank of England and Government Economic Service. The purpose is to enable participants to become acquainted with the latest developments in the selected fields of economics, to have the opportunity for study and discussion with two internationally renowned experts in the topics covered, and to meet other young researchers.

A Call for Nominations of suitable candidates will be sent to all UK universities in October each year or can be provided by the RES Office by email to:
For further details please contact: Professor Eric Smith,
Please address any queries regarding the Easter School to


2018 Easter Training School

The twenty-eighth residential RES & ESRC Easter School will be held from Monday April 9 to Wednesday April 11, 2018 at Wivenhoe House Hotel on the University of Essex Colchester campus.

In 2018, the subject of the school will be:

“Productivity: Firms, Markets, and Economies”

and the lecturers will be:

Professor Chad Syverson, University of Chicago
Professor Jan De Loecker, KU Leuven

Places are available for 25 resident participants. Accommodation and meals will be provided for the duration of the course, but please note that travel expenses for this school must be covered by the applicant or their university.

The Society asks that nominations be made through the applicant’s Head of Department and all applications should be supported by a short CV, a reference, and a note on the applicant’s research interests. Nominations are now invited from institutions interested in sending a participant, which must be received no later than Monday 15th January 2018 by email to: marked Easter School 2018 in the subject line. Successful applicants will be informed in February. 

For more information please click here.

Past Schools

2017 Easter Training School : "Applications of Empirical Industrial Organisation Methods" was held at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus on Sunday 2 April to Wednesday 5 April 2017 under the directorship of Professor Eric Smith. The lecturers were Professor Rachel Griffith,Research Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) & Professor, University of Manchester; Professor Rocco Macchiavello,Associate Professor, London School of Economics
and Professor Aviv Nevo, George E. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, University of Pennsylvania.

2016 Easter School :  "Perspectives on Microeconometric Analysis of Public Policy" was held in Wivenhoe House, University of Essex, in April 2016 under the directorship of Professor Eric Smith. Professor Charles F. Manski (Northwestern University) and Professor Kenneth I. Wolpin (Rice University and Penn University) provided the lectures. A report on the Easter School 2016 can be viewed here. The Society is grateful to Professors Manski and Wolpin for agreeing to provide access to the slides for their Easter School lectures for personal scholarly use only. View RES 2016 Easter School Slides here.

2015 Easter School : 'Behavioural Economics' : was held at Brasenose College Oxford in 2015 under the directorship of Professor Peter Sinclair. The lecturers were Professor Vince Crawford (University of Oxford) and Professor Colin Camerer (Caltech). The Society is grateful to Professors Crawford and Camerer for agreeing to provide access to the slides for their Easter School lectures for personal scholarly use only. Permission is not granted to quote, circulate, or use for teaching. View RES 2015 Easter School slides here.

 2014 Easter School  ‘New Thinking in Macroeconomics and Finance’.
The twenty-fourth Easter School organised by the Royal Economic Society, with financial support from the ESRC, was held at The University of Birmingham from Sunday 13th April, 2014 – Wednesday 16th April, 2014. The lecturers were Professor Martin Ellison (Oxford) and Professor Nobuhiro Kiyotaki (Princeton). 

RES Easter Training School 2013 - The twenty-third Easter School was on DSGE Modelling and Financial Frictions. The lecturers were Professor Mike Wickens (Cardiff University, University of York and CEPR) and Professor Paul Levine (University of Surrey), with Dr Cristiano Cantore (University of Surrey) and Professor Joe Pearlman (City University).

RES Autumn Training School 2012 on New Developments in International Trade and Macroeconomics by Professor Francesco Caselli (LSE) and Professor Peter Neary (Oxford)

RES Easter Training School 2012 was held at the University of Birmingham. The subject was The Economics and Econometrics of Forecasting provided by Professor Mike Clements (University of Warwick) , Dr Jennie Castle (University of Oxford) and Professor James Stock (Harvard University).

RES Autumn Training School 2011 was held on 11-15 September 2011 at the University of Birmingham. The subject was Industrial Organisation provided by Professor John Sutton (LSE) and Professor Chad Syverson (Chicago).

RES Easter Training School 2011 was held on 27th-31st March 2011 at the University of Birmingham. The subect was Fiscal Policy provided by Professor Fabio Canova (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona).

RES Autumn Training School 2010: The ESRC granted additional funding in 2010 and 2011 for an autumn training school. The first was held at The University of Birmingham  20th-23rd September 2010. The subject was Game Theory and Electricity Markets. The lecturers were Professor Peyton Young (Oxford)
and Professor Richard Green (Birmingham).

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