Monthly Archives: September 2015

Keynes College

Economics at Kent recognised for graduate prospects

Economics at Kent has been recognised for its excellent employability record in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. The School is ranked 7th for Graduate Prospects (based on 88% of full-time, first degree UK graduates taking up professional level employment or further study within 6 months of graduation*). Other results in this league table include 13th for Teaching Quality and 16th for Student Experience, placing us in the top quarter for each of these measures.

These results back up our recent scores in the other national league tables:

 

* Data comes from DLHE Record. Source – HESA 2013-14 based on 2014 graduates.

Keynes College

Vacancy for a lecturer/senior lecturer in Economics

The School of Economics is inviting applications for a Lectureship/Senior Lecturer in Economics.

We are seeking applicants who are capable of publishing research of international excellence in order to contribute toward the strong research profile of the School and who will engage fully in the teaching of undergraduate and post graduate students. We are particularly interested in candidates that are capable of teaching in the broad area of Macroeconomics at all levels including PhD, and with research interests in quantitative macroeconomic theory. However, well qualified applicants in the area of macro-finance will also be considered seriously.

The successful candidate(s) will assist in the development and promotion of Economics at Kent, both nationally and internationally and complement the School’s existing research strengths, and foster links and collaboration with appropriate internal and external contacts and organisations. The School is particularly interested to strengthen the recently created Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC). The centre acts as a focal point for research and provision of advanced training in the area of Macroeconomics, and we would expect the candidate(s) to contribute towards its international standing.

The successful candidate will be mentored to undertake postgraduate research supervision and contribute to the teaching and development of our taught programmes in Economics, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Applicants must have completed a PhD and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching, research and raising research funding.

For further details on this post, click here.

 

 

We are seeking applicants who are capable of publishing research of international excellence in order to contribute toward the strong research profile of the School and who will engage fully in the teaching of undergraduate and post graduate students. We are particularly interested in candidates that are capable of teaching in the broad area of Macroeconomics at all levels including PhD, and with research interests in quantitative macroeconomic theory. However, well qualified applicants in the area of macro-finance will also be considered seriously.

 

The successful candidate(s) will assist in the development and promotion of Economics at Kent, both nationally and internationally and complement the School’s existing research strengths, and foster links and collaboration with appropriate internal and external contacts and organisations. The School is particularly interested to strengthen the recently created Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC). The centre acts as a focal point for

 

To view the full job specification and details on how to apply, please click here. The closing date for applications is 25 January 2015.

Professor Iain Fraser

‘Economic Papers’ Best Paper Prize 2014

An article by the School’s Professor Iain Fraser and co-authors Harry Clarke and Robert George Waschik, has been selected as the winner of the Economic Papers  Best Paper Prize for 2014.

The paper titled ‘How Much Abatement Will Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund Buy?’ was officially announced as the winner at the 2015 Australian Conference of Economists in Brisbane in July.

Abstract:
The economic implications for Australia for replacing its carbon tax policy with an Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) scheme are examined. A computable general equilibrium model is used to show that the budget allocated for the ERF provides about 50 per cent of that required to meet Australia’s greenhouse gas abatement commitments.

The full article can be viewed on the Wiley website at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1759-3441

Keynes College

MMF Conference 2015

Four members of the School of Economics are to present papers at the Money, Macro and Finance (MMF) Research Group Annual Conference on 9-11 September 2015, to be held at Cardiff University:

The Extensive Margin of Trade in the UK presented by Aydan Dogan, PhD student

Fiscal Policy, Interest Rates, and Output: Equilibrium-Correction Dynamics in the US Economy presented by Isaac Sserwanja, PhD student

The Post-crisis Slump in Europe: A Business Cycle Accounting Analysis presented by Florian Gerth, PhD student

Fiscal multipliers in a two-sector search and matching model presented by Wei Jiang, Lecturer in Economics

Further details about the MMF and the conference can be found on the MMF website: http://www.mmf.ac.uk/

Researchers engage with key policymakers in Bangladesh

Professor Niaz Asadullah from the University of Malaya and Dr Zaki Wahhaj, a senior lecturer from Kent’s School of Economics, gave the keynote speech at a seminar titled ‘Child Marriage in Bangladesh: Current Situation and Potential Remedies’ on 3 September at East West University in Dhaka.

Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj presented findings from the 2014 Women’s Life Choices and Attitudes Survey (WiLCAS) and Brac Adolescent Development Programme Baseline Survey. Invited guests at the event included the Bangladesh Minister for Cultural Affairs, Asaduzzaman Noor, and MP and Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children’s Affairs, Mahbub Ara Begum Gini.

A bill that would permit girls to marry below the age of 18 with parental consent is currently under consideration in the Bangladesh parliament. Among other factors, the bill is motivated by a perceived rise in adolescent girls in relationships and the reasoning that marriage provides social protection or acceptability in a society that, otherwise, remains strongly conservative on such matters. If approved, the bill would increase parental agency in the marriage of their daughters. Using data from the two recent surveys, the researchers highlighted the fact that most marriages in Bangladesh continue to be arranged by parents and adolescent girls have very limited agency in their own marriage decisions. Only a small fraction of women initiate their own marriages but this fraction is increasing over time. The evidence shows that these marriages have better social outcomes, including a smaller likelihood of child marriage, dowry transfer and early childbirth and increased likelihood of secondary school attendance by the bride.

The researchers argued that, to achieve its wider social objectives, the government should focus on increasing the agency of adolescents themselves in their own marital decisions rather than the agency of their parents — which has traditionally been, and continues to be, very high.

Further information and press coverage from the event is available on the Integgra* website.

 

*IntEGGrA is a collaborative research initiative among researchers at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, Malaya University in Malaysia and Brac University in Bangladesh to investigate these questions with a focus on countries in South and Southeast Asia.

Training course for A level Economics teachers

The Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC) is holding a training course on 14 December 2015 (10.00-16.00) for A level Economics teachers to provide key knowledge from the latest research into the 2007/2008 financial crisis. The sessions are designed to be beneficial in teaching the new topics introduced by examination boards starting in September 2015. Participants are expected to have some background in economics at University level, but otherwise there are no prerequisites.

The course is divided into three sessions. The morning session will discuss the evolution of macroeconomic theory over time and review the Great Recession. The lunch session will introduce our approach towards teaching Economics at the University of Kent, while the afternoon session will cover economic policy issues and a historical comparison between the 2007/2008 crisis and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Each session will be structured as a presentation followed by discussion. The course will be held at the University of Kent Keynes College, and the programme for the day can be viewed here.

Places can be booked by emailing Dr Keisuke (Casey) Otsu at K.Otsu@kent.ac.uk.

 

MaGHiC PhD Workshop

The Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC) is holding its first PhD Workshop today (Tuesday 1 September 2015). The morning session will provide general guidance for PhD students to become successful macroeconomists, while the afternoon session will consist of presentations by senior MaGHiC students in a conference format. The workshop is designed for MaGHiC member students and supervisors but anyone is welcome to attend.

The final programme can be viewed here.

Paris2UniKent Goldstein cycle ride

The School’s Iain Fraser and Bill Collier are on their way to Paris today to take part in the Paris2UniKent Goldstein cycle ride!

The 50th anniversary Goldstein Cycle Rides include an innovative and exciting Trans-Campus E-Cycle Ride (a project championed by Professor Goldstein) which will bring together staff, students and alumni from across the University as they cycle from our Paris centre to the Canterbury campus. The ride will take four days and on the final day riders will pedal back from Dover to Canterbury, arriving on the Saturday of the 50th Festival. The performance of cyclists will be monitored throughout, with the live data streamed over the internet; highlighting the scientific, electronics and sport science expertise of our university.

Downlands Cycles are supporting ride by offering 50 year celebration cycles built to order. The bike will have a super specification with lightweight aluminium frame, carbon forks, 20 speed Shimano gears, and will cost around £1000.

Good luck to all the riders!

Update:

Some photos of the ride and finish can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96762030@N03/sets/72157655771776503/