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Business School hosts international economics education conference

The international Developments in Economics Education conference will be hosted at the University of Exeter’s Business School. The conference, taking place on the 5th and 6th of September, is run by the Economic Network and will include a number of fascinating sessions.

These include keynote speeches by eminent economists John Kay and Paul Ormerod; a discussion on the future of the macroeconomics curriculum (chaired by the Bank of England Deputy Governor Charlie Bean); a session analysing the impact of rising tuition fees on economic student behaviour; an awards ceremony that recognises individuals for outstanding economics teaching; and workshops covering a range of new and developing teaching techniques including the use of games and simulations in the classroom.

This year’s conference has attracted a record number of high-quality submissions, and the teaching awards a record number of nominations.

Having faced uncertainty about its future following the withdrawal of much of its funding, the Economics Network, two years on, is going from strength to strength. Under a new funding model, the Economics Network is now supported by the Royal Economic Society, the Scottish Economic Society and the University of Exeter’s Business School, along with 45 other UK economics departments.

Christos Kotsogiannis, Head of Economics and Professor of Economics at the Business School said: “My colleagues and I are delighted to be hosting this prestigious conference and awards. The teaching of economics is now more important than ever to solving some of the fundamental problems the world faces. I am looking forward to a stimulating two days.”

Dr Alvin Birdi, Coordinator of the Economics Network said: “The success of the organisation has been a result of the embedding of the Economics Network firmly at the centre of its community. Not only is it funded and backed by its professional associations, the Royal Economic Society and the Scottish Economic Society, but has been ‘whole- heartedly taken on by economics departments themselves who have pledged to fund and support the Economics Network and its valuable activities over the next few years”.

Date: 28 August 2013

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