RES 2021 Annual Conference

The RES 2021 Annual Conference will take 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. 

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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 a more detailed draft programme including all general session titles.

  Monday 12 April Tuesday 13 April Wednesday 14 April
09.00 - 10.30                                     General session 1 General session 3 General session 6
11.00 - 12.15

Past Presidents Address - Lord Nicolas Stern, London School of Economics

Chair: Dame Carol Propper, RES President and Imperial College Business School

General session 4

(11.00 - 12.30)

Past President Address - Dame Rachel Griffith, University of Manchester

Chair: Dame Carol Propper, RES President and Imperial College Business School

12.45 - 13.30

(See tab below for speaker biographies 

Lunchtime chat: The state of the UK economy 

Lord Mervyn King, British economist, former governor of the Bank of England

Rachel Glennerster, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Lunchtime chat: The last letter from America

Sir Angus Deaton, Princeton University

Sir Tim Besley, RES President Elect and London School of Economics 

Lunchtime chat: The state of economic science

Jean Tirole, Toulouse School of Economics

Diane Coyle, University of Cambridge

13.45 - 15.15 General session 2 General session 5 General session 7

15.30 - 17.00

(See tab below for draft outline of special sessions)

Special session 1


Special session 2 Special session 3

17.15 - 18.30

Economic Journal Lecture

Matthew Gentzkow, Stanford University

Chair: Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Paris School of Economics

Sargan Lecture

Guido Imbens, Stanford University

Chair: Jaap Abbring, Managing Editor - The Econometrics Journal and Tilburg University

Hahn Lecture

Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, Goethe University Frankfurt

Chair: Dame Carol Propper, RES President and Imperial College Business School

18.45 - 20.00  

Evening Roundtable: The Future of Work

Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University;
Tel Aviv University
Anna Salomons, Utrecht University;
KU Leuven
Abi Adams-Prassl, University of Oxford

Chair: Luis Guimaraes, Queen’s University Belfast


Sponsorship and Exhibition

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 call Georgina Jenkins on 07786620838 or email

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 these sessions will be decoupled from the annual conference and will take place online later this year. More information will be sent to members once available.

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.