Nottingham Centre for Research on
Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP)

14th GEP Annual Postgraduate Conference

23rd and 24th April 2015 

Venue: A45 and A44 Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park

Keynote Speaker: Dr Ben Zissimos (University of Exeter)

The objective of the Conference is to bring together a number of PhD students to discuss their own research ideas with established researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Conference is open to graduate students engaged in the preparation of a doctoral dissertation. Speakers will be selected on the basis of submitted papers or an extended abstract. (Preference will, however, be given to papers.)

Conference recap

On April 23 and 24 2015, GEP hosted its 14th Annual Postgraduate Conference. The conference, co-organised with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), is a long-established and well-known annual event. It provides a forum for outstanding PhD students working on Globalisation and Economic Policy to present and discuss their ideas with more senior researchers in a relaxed atmosphere.

More than 50 submissions were received, of which 12 were accepted for stand-up presentations and 8 for poster presentations. Presenters came from seven different European countries, and from top economics departments such as LSE, Oxford, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the University of Stockholm. The program also included three PhD students from Nottingham. 

The program started with a keynote speech by Dr Ben Zissimos (University of Exeter) on "Too Small to Protect? The Role of Firm Size in Trade Agreements". Presentations covered a variety of topics, including trade and domestic distortions; the impact of trade on labour markets; migration; the impact of trade and the environment; strategic currency considerations; and the link between trade and innovation. Each paper was allocated a formal discussant, and plenty of time was allowed for informal discussion at coffee breaks and dinners. About 10 Nottingham faculty members contributed to the formal discussions, and more attended the conference.

The conference ended with the award of the Best Paper Prize to Esther Ann Bøler (University of Oslo/LSE) for her paper on "Knowledge complementarities in a globalized world".

Organising Committee: Giovanni Facchini, Roberto Bonfatti and Alejandro Riaño

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