RES Easter Training School

Our annual training school, supported by the University of Bristol and ESRC/UKRI, provides advanced training to enhance the understanding of current economic issues.  

The 2022 Easter School will again be hosted by the University of Bristol and will be an in-person event on Monday 4 April - Wednesday 6 April 2022.  We are delighted to announce this year’s school topic: Urban Economics and our two eminent speakers:

Guy Michaels

Associate Professor of Economics | LSE

Guy Michaels is an Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Director of the Labour Markets Programme at Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). He also serves as a member of the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies and as an associate editor at the Economic Journal. His research focuses on labour economics, urban economics, and economic development.

His publications include articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. He has a B.Sc. in Mathematics, magna cum laude, from Tel-Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Diego Puga

Professor of Economics | CEMFI

Diego Puga's research interests include urban economics, economic geography and international trade. Born in Spain, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Economics, he obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1997. His publication include articles in American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies, and have been cited over 5,000 times in articles. In 2008 he received the Sabadell-Herrero Prize.

He previously held academic positions at the London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and IMDEA Social Sciences. He is a member of Spain's Council of Economic Advisers and of the Multidisciplinary Workgroup providing advice and support to the Government of Spain on scientific matters related to COVID-19 and its consequences.

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What to expect

The 2022 Easter School will be hosted by the University of Bristol and will be an in-person* event at the University campus on Monday 4 April – Wednesday 6 April 2022.  The school will consist of guest lectures, presentations by participants and policy sessions over three days.

The Easter Training School brings together and encourages interactions among advanced postgraduate students doing doctoral research, (but younger lecturers and postdoctoral researchers are also welcome) and economists in research and policymaking institutions.  (See more below on target audience)

Participants are welcome to submit a paper or similar to present at the School. Presentation slots (and possibly posters) will then be assigned by the organisers, subject to availability.

*In-person unless COVID restrictions are put in place.

Application process - Applications are now closed.

Application outcomes will be sent in early 2022.  

Places are limited and we may contact a department for input to ensure those students who will gain the most from the school are prioritised.  The RES aims for all our events to be made up of a diverse group of participants – the Easter School is open to applicants from both academia and those in policy roles.

Audience / Target Group

Target group:

The RES Easter School is intended for advanced postgraduate students doing doctoral research, (but younger lecturers and postdoctoral researchers are also welcome) and economists in research and policymaking institutions, who have approximately three to five years’ experience since initial graduation.

It enables study and discussion with an internationally recognised expert in the topic over the three days of the course.

Fees and financial support

Attendance Fees

Member fee: £FOC*

Non-Member fee: £500.00

RES membership start at as little as £18.00 annually, find out more here.

To support with accommodation, travel and evening subsistence costs, delegates should first seek support from their institution/organisation.  For those without access to funds, the RES Conference Grant provides support of up to £500.

*Members who attend the 3 days of the Easter Training School will be required to pay a £150.00 refundable fee to secure their place.  The fee will be refunded after they have attended the school.


Comment from University of Bristol:

Our School of Economics is proud to host the RES Easter Training School for the next three years, starting with this year's online event with Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University) as the keynote lecturer on the topic: Media, Political Economy and Development.

We are looking forward to welcome more than 30 participants from academic institutions and the Government Economic Service for four days of online lectures, presentations and two policy sessions hosted by our Centre for Evidence-based Public Services and by the Economic Observatory.