RES and SES Conference 2023: Special Sessions


The Royal Economic Society and Scottish Economic Society Conference is holding a number of special sessions by some amazing speakers. Make sure to personalise your programme and attend the ideal sessions for you.

Here are some special sessions to watch out for:


RES Women’s Committee Session: Advice on Publishing in Economics

In this session we will focus on the process of publication and provide some tips for early career researchers.  We will also speak about the issue of women under-representation. The session is aimed at early career researchers (ECRs) but it is open to everybody.

Chair: Prof Cheti Nicoletti (University of York)

Speakers: Nagore Iriberri (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU), Erin Hengel (LSE) and Valerie Ramey (University of California, San Diego)


The Econometrics Journal Special Session on Weak Identification

Anna Mikusheva (MIT) will give a talk on ‘Weak Identification with Many Instruments’. In this talk, she will first review classical weak instrumental variables testing with a small number of instruments. She will then move to modern approaches to weak instrumental variables with an increasing number of instruments. Anna’s presentation will offer both a review of the field and new results.

Chair: Dennis Kristensen (Coeditor, The Econometrics Journal)


RES Education & Training Committee: Adam Smith at 300 – What can the Wealth of Nations do for Economics Education today?

In this interactive panel-based workshop we present and discuss the Wealth as a productive source for the development of novel teaching ideas. We present the uses of the text in current courses, ranging from behavioural economics, macro/microeconomics, economic policy, and history of economics.

Presenters:  Professor Alvin Birdi (Director of the Economics Network, and University of Bristol), Dr Danielle Guizzo (University of Bristol), Professor Fabio Arico (University of East Anglia), Dr Helen Paul (University of Southampton) and Dr Andrew Mearman (University of Leeds)

Chair: Prof Denise Hawkes


Special Session sponsored by the Bank of England: New monetary policy databases

The session will cover, and publicise, three recent databases which identify the policies and/or policy frameworks for monetary policy across wide ranges of countries and years, and which are freely available for researchers to use:

Erlend Nier (IMF)’s database of macroprudential policies; Filiz Unsal (ex-IMF, now OECD)’s Independence and Accountability, Policy and Operational Strategy, and Communications (IAPOC_) index; and David Cobham (Heriot-Watt University)’s Comprehensive Monetary Policy Frameworks classification.

Comments will be provided by Charles Nolan (Glasgow University) and Tim Willems (Bank of England).

Chair: Tatiana Kirsanova (University of Glasgow)


Special Session by RES Diversity Champion: Socio-Economic Diversity in the Economics Pipeline

The RES Diversity report “Who Studies Economics? An Analysis of Diversity in the Economics Pipeline” points out the troubling lack of socio-economic diversity among UK economic students. This lack of diversity in the economics pipeline has far-reaching implications. In this special session, we will delve into the key points raised in the RES Diversity report and explore the broader implications of the lack of socio-economic diversity in economics education for universities, employers and policy makers.

Presenter: Stefania Paredes Fuentes (Diversity Champion RES)

Chair: Prof Wendy Carlin (University of College London)


More information about the conference may be found here.