Monthly Archives: September 2018

University of Kent campus

Degree-level economics apprenticeship launched following civil service partnership

The School of Economics is delighted to announce that we have won a tender to partner the Government Economic Service in the delivery of a flagship Higher Degree Apprenticeship entitled Professional Economist.

The apprenticeship will create new routes to careers in the Civil Service for young people who would prefer to study for a degree whilst working at the heart of government.

The partnership between the University of Kent and the Government Economic Service (GES) was signed on 20 September and will see Kent’s School of Economics delivering the new degree-level apprenticeships in conjunction with its Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Professor Karen Cox, University Vice-Chancellor and President, said: ‘We are proud to have been selected to deliver the programme, working with colleagues across the Government Economic Service. At Kent we have a long history of delivering undergraduate degree courses in economics to a very high standard.’

‘We are looking forward to working with GES to deliver an apprenticeship programme which provides participants with on and off the job training and support that will prepare them for long and successful economist careers.’

Read the University of Kent news release here.

Government Economic Service news release.

Dr Anirban Mitra

Internationalisation fund for visiting academics

Earlier this year, Dr Anirban Mitra was awarded (along with six other colleagues from the School) a sum of £1000 (a combination of the Dean of Internationalisation’s Fund and School research funds) for conducting collaborative research with co-authors based outside the UK.

In collaboration with co-authors in India, Anirban has used the funding to organise a two-day workshop on Political Economy at IIM Bangalore. The pattern was somewhat similar to the Development Workshop held at Kent in June 2017. The plenary talk was given by Professor Maitreesh Ghatak from the LSE.

Here is a link to the programme for the day: http://www.iimb.ac.in/Political_Economy_Workshop/

Econometrics Conference participants

Fifty Years of Econometrics at Keynes College

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Keynes College at the University of Kent, a conference was held in the college on 7-8 September 2018. It was organised by Professor Garry Phillips who, as a founding member of the college, gave the first lectures in Econometrics in the academic year 1968-69. The conference had no particular theme and covered a range of theoretical topics in Econometrics depending on the interests of the participants, several of whom had either taught or studied at the University of Kent.

The full programme for the conference can be viewed here.

Grant success for Anthony!

Congratulations to Dr Anthony Savagar, Lecturer in Macroeconomics, on winning an ESRC Research Award for £200,000 for his project ‘Firm Dynamics, Market Power and Productivity Puzzles’.

The UK economy faces a productivity puzzle: persistently low levels of output per worker since the 2007 Great Recession, which are largely unexplained. The aim of the project ‘Firm Dynamics, Market Power and Productivity Puzzles’ is to analyse UK business microdata to understand whether changes in firms’ market power have influenced UK productivity since 2007. It will also question whether entry and exit of firms into industries disrupted market power to affect productivity. The objective is to improve understanding of the UK productivity puzzle and to better understand policies affecting market power which may widen the current industrial strategy debate.

Anthony is the Principal Investigator with Professor Miguel Leon-Ledesma as the Co-Investigator.