Monthly Archives: November 2016

Economics Pub Quiz 2016

Last week the School of Economics held their annual pub quiz in Origins bar with over 100 people playing in 20 staff and student teams, some with interesting and quirky names such as Horizontal Integration, Collision Delusion, Tequila Mockingbird and Our Drinking Team has a Quiz Problem! The teams played three rounds; General Knowledge; Food and Drink and Music. This was then followed by a picture round and a bonus round of Hungry Hippos where the winning team gained 10 points. John Peirson made an excellent MC for the event and all teams who entered had a fun filled and entertaining evening.

The prizes, provided by the School of Economics, were:

  • 1st Prize –  £100 Nandos’ vouchers and a School of Economics Hoodie for each member awarded to ‘John Maynard Brains’
  • 2nd Prize – £50 Amazon Vouchers awarded to ‘Keynes Beans’
  • 3rd Prize –  Chocolate Hamper awarded to ‘Say My Name’

The School would like to congratulate the winning teams and thank John Peirson for his compering and Lisa Jones for putting the quiz together.

You can take a look at the photos from the evening on Facebook.

Graduation reception – Nov 2016

It was a pleasure to celebrate with our new graduates and their families at a reception held on 18 November at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

The graduation ceremony was held at Canterbury Cathedral and is predominantly for postgraduate students, a number of whom were able to join us for the reception; some had travelled from overseas to be there.

The reception was a fantastic way to mark the achievement of our students, and we would like to wish all our graduates the very best of luck for the future.

You can take a look at the photos from the evening on Facebook.


Dr Anirban Mitra

Politician’s pain is poor man’s gain: Income distribution in close-election constituencies

“Studies have highlighted the role of electoral competition in directing the flow of public funds. Analysing data from India, this column finds lower income inequality and polarisation in tightly contested constituencies, implying that the poor gain more from electoral competition relative to the rich.

Accountability is central to the concept of democracy. Elected politicians are answerable to their constituencies. Moreover, they have the authority and wherewithal to affect the economic conditions of the citizens in the constituencies. This is because political power necessarily comes with some control of the purse strings: targeting of government schemes (be it welfare or employment generation or poverty alleviation), and provision of local public goods and services (health facilities, schools, road construction, public lighting, etc.). While the former can directly influence the economic prosperity of citizens, the latter does so in more indirect and subtle ways…”

This is an excerpt from an article published in Ideas for India on 9 November 2016 by the School’s Dr Anirban Mitra and Dr Shabana Mitra of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore.

The article also appeared in India’s Business Standard on 8 November 20176.



Structural Transformation and Macroeconomic Dynamics

The School of Economics would like to invite academic staff and postgraduate research students to participate in a workshop to be held at the University of Kent on 9-10 December 2016.

One of the most important trends in the development process is the massive transfer of productive resources from goods producing to services producing sectors. This structural transformation has wide-ranging consequences for the macroeconomy, labour markets, and inequality. This workshop, with the latest frontier research in the area, aims at developing a deep understanding of the consequences of structural transformation.

The full workshop programme can be found on our website:

Registration is open. Please submit your details using the online registration form.

Organisers: Miguel Leon-Ledesma (Kent) and Alessio Moro (Cagliari).

Sponsored by the Royal Economic Society and the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC), University of Kent.