The Royal Economic Society has granted funds to the University of Birmingham to provide an Easter Training School for over twenty years. This financial support combined with funding from the ESRC enabled the University of Birmingham to run schools devoted to some aspect(s) of macroeconomics, and the other to subjects of a microeconomic character. However in 2013 the decision was taken to only hold one school, in the Easter break. This is likely to be the pattern for the forseeable future.
These schools are intended primarily for advanced postgraduate students doing doctoral research but are also open to members of the teaching and research staff. 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.
Places are usually available for 25 resident participants. Accommodation and meals are provided for the duration of the course. Nominations are made through the applicant’s Head of Department and should be supported by a short CV, a reference, and a note on the applicant’s research interests.
Application dates are provided on this website, the RES newsletter and emailed to University Heads of Economics Departments via CHUDE.
RES Easter Training School 2014 ‘New Thinking in Macroeconomics and Finance’, 13-16 April 2014
The Royal Economic Society will hold its twenty-fourth residential Easter School in April 2014 at the University of Birmingham. It is intended primarily for doctoral students, but is also open to younger lecturers and postdoctoral researchers. The aims are to present participants with the latest developments in the selected field of economics, and to give them opportunities for study and discussion with leading authorities in this field, and with each other. We are also hoping to timetable a period in which some participants will have an opportunity to present their own work.
The lecturers will be Professor Martin Ellison (Oxford: topics (2)) and Professor Nobuhiro Kiyotaki (Princeton: topics (1)). The course will be held at the University of Birmingham from Sunday morning, 13th April to Wednesday evening, April 16th. The topics to be covered include:
(1) Modelling booms, busts and the great recession; new macro models of credit, banks and crises; analysing financial frictions, fragility and asset price volatility; unconventional monetary policy and macroprudential policy; rethinking policy for monetary and financial stability.
(2) The philosophy and theory of robust control; Knightian uncertainty and conditional relative entropy; decision taking under preference for robustness; neurotic breakdown and the limits to robust control; optimal robust monetary and fiscal policy; explaining puzzles in finance by robust preferences. .
The School is now closed for applications and candidates have been confirmed.
More details: Local Organisers, Nicholas Horsewood on N.J.Horsewood@bham.ac.uk and P.J.N.Sinclair@bham.ac.uk.
RES Easter Training School 2013 - The twenty-third Easter School organised by the Royal Economic Society, with financial support from the Economic and Social Research Council, was held at The University of Birmingham from Sunday 14th April, 2013 – Thursday 18th April, 2013.
The subject of the school was 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 Easter Training School 2012 - The Economics and Econometrics of Forecasting by Professor Mike Clements (University of Warwick) , Dr Jennie Castle (University of Oxford) and Professor James Stock (Harvard University).
RES Autumn Training School 2011 - Industrial Organisation
RES Training School 2011 - Easter School - Fiscal Policy