RES 2021 Annual Conference

The RES 2021 Annual Conference took place virtually from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 April 2021. The Annual Conference is our flagship event and brings together hundreds of academic and professional economists to present the latest developments in economics and showcase their real-world application. Our Conference platform is now available for delegates to view some of the conference sessions on-demand.  This content will be available until Friday 23 April, 5pm (BST). After that time, certain sessions will be accessible to RES members via this  website.

How do I watch on-demand content if I didn't attend the conference?

If you were unable to attend the conference, you can still register and watch the on-demand content until the 23 April. 

I'm not an RES member, how do I watch the on-demand content?

If you become a member of the RES up to the 23 April, we will give you access to our on-demand content at no additional charge. Join the RES here.

What content is available on-demand?

  • All 18 special sessions
  • Economic Journal Lecture: Digital Media and Well Being - Matthew Gentzkow, Stanford University
  • Sargan Lecture: Causal Panel Data Models - Guido Imbens, Stanford University
  • Hahn Lecture: The Long-Term Distributional and Welfare Effects of Covid-19 School Closures - Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • All three lunchtime chats:

    The State of the UK Economy - Lord Mervyn King, British economist, former governor of the Bank of England and Rachel Glennerster, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

    The Last Letter from America - Sir Angus Deaton, Princeton University and Sir Tim Besley, RES President Elect and London School of Economics 

    The State of Economic Science - Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics and Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge

  • Both Past-President Addresses:
    A time for action on climate change and a time for economics to change - Lord Nicolas Stern, London School of Economics
    Obesity, poverty and public policy - Dame Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester

*Certain content is freely available on the RES website, including both of the Past-President's Addresses*

Thank you
We extend our heartfelt thanks to Ricardo Reis (Programme Chair) and the RES Conference committee for all their hard work and careful consideration in pulling together a high quality and diverse programme. We are also grateful to the speakers, chairs, moderators and technical support team who have helped make this year’s conference such a success. 
Lastly, thank you to all delegates for joining us this year. We look forward to seeing you, almost certainly, in person at the University of Warwick in 2022.

In association with: 


With special thanks to this years Gold Sponsors:

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln

Hahn Lecture

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln is Professor of Macroeconomics and Development at Goethe University Frankfurt and chairwoman of the Review of Economic Studies.

Matthew Gentzkow

Economic Journal Lecture

Matthew Gentzkow is Landau Professor of Technology and the Economy at Stanford University. He studies empirical industrial organization and political economy, with a specific focus on media industries.

Guido Imbens

Sargan Lecture

Guido Imbens is The Applied Econometrics Professor and Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Department of Economics.

Programme Chair: Ricardo Reis (LSE)

Dame Rachel Griffith

Past President's Address

Rachel is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and a Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Lord Nicholas Stern

Past President's Address

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.


Conference Programme

Click here for an overview of the conference programme.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Find out who is exhibiting here.

The RES are delighted to launch our Sponsorship packages for 2021. We have developed a really exciting suite of options for our virtual event this year, please download our brochure and booking form and feel free to contact us for more information.

We ask that you read our sponsorship terms and conditions before booking.

If you would like to discuss the sponsosrship options in more detail, please email

With special thanks to this years Gold Sponsor:


Lunchtime chats

Ricardo Reis, Conference Programme Chair, has created a new Lunchtime Chat session at Conference for 2021.

These informal conversations will cover a variety of relevant topics and promise to be fascinating sessions. 

Click here to read more about the sessions and speakers.

Special Sessions

A draft outline of 2021 special sessions is now available.  Please visit the Special Sessions page for information.



2021 Conference Prices



Full conference ticket prices:   


Member: £60.00 

Non-member: £125.00 

Member PHD Student: £25.00 

One day conference ticket prices:


Member: £25.00 

Non-member: £55.00 


Professional Development Sessions

The RES’s Professional Development Sessions aim to help economists and others (junior or senior) build their knowledge in particular topical areas.

The sessions are held by leading academics who have extensive experience in the session topics. Sessions focus on content to help improve teaching or research and are designed to deliver practical take-aways. 

For 2021 we are running two sessions, with further sessions coming later in the year. 

Media Policy

The RES Annual Conference is open to accredited representatives of print, broadcast and electronic media who are intending to actively report on the Annual Conference.  Please see our media policy for further details on how to apply for a media pass.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a paper to the RES Annual Conference you consent to the RES securely holding details of your submission to the conference for a period of no longer than 24 months for the purposes of analysing submissions. You understand submission details will only be passed to members of the Programme Committee for the purposes of processing the submissions for acceptance onto the RES Annual Conference.

As this is an open scientific conference, all accepted papers will be available in the public domain by default. You will however, be able to update your submission with a more recent version of your paper for submission made through ConferenceMaker.

Any personal data which may be submitted as part of the submission and selection procedure, will be processed by RES in accordance with any applicable data protection legislation, and RES Privacy Notice. You can stop the processing of your data at any time by emailing requesting that your submission be withdrawn.

The Royal Economic Society will be filming large parts of the Conference for wider dissemination. It is presumed that those attending the RES Conference have no objection to being included in footage of the Conference. Any attendee who explicitly wishes not to be included in any broadcast film should contact the RES organisers during the Conference. We will then seek to edit film footage accordingly.