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Warwick Economics Summit

Warwick Economics Summit
Formation 2002
Type Student-Run Academic Conference
Purpose Economics/Social Sciences

The Warwick Economics Summit (WES) is a student-run academic conference held annually at the University of Warwick.[1] Past Summits have aimed to address issues covering a range of disciplines, including economics, development, politics and international relations. The event attracts students from all over the UK[2][3][4] and has hosted talks from many high-profile speakers, including two serving Cabinet Ministers and three Nobel Laureates in Economics.


  • History 1
    • 2002 - 2005 1.1
    • 2006 - 2009 1.2
    • 2010 1.3
    • 2011 1.4
    • 2012 1.5
    • 2013 1.6
    • 2014 1.7
    • 2015 1.8
  • External links 2
  • References 3


2002 - 2005

The Warwick Economics Summit began in 2002 with an audience of 170 students. Early editions of the Summit saw Johannes Linn of the World Bank and Dr. Lopez-Claros from the IMF take to the stage. In 2005, 500 attended the Summit as it welcomed its first Nobel Laureate, Professor John F. Nash.[5]

2006 - 2009

By 2006, the Summit had welcomed Vince Cable to the University. Delegates heard from British economists John Kay and Paul Omerod, as well as Dr. Kori Udovicki, Assistant Secretary General of the UN. The 2009 edition focused on policy makers and central bankers with Kate Barker, a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee as well as Professor Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Austrian National Bank.


Then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alastair Darling spoke. The Summit hosted Marek Belka, the Head of the National Bank of Poland as a standalone talk.


The Summit hosted speakers from the world of economics, but also from media such as Tim Harford[6] and the notorious rogue trader, Nick Leeson.[7][8]


The 2012 Summit was the second to welcome a WTO).


Vince Cable the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills returned to the Summit.[13] There was representation by the Bank of England through Andrew Bailey and Martin Weale, who made headlines with his call for a weaker pound to aid the recovery.[14][15][16][17][18] The event also featured Andrew Oswald[19] (Professor of Economics, Warwick), Sir Bob Kerslake (Head of the British Civil Service) and Supachai Panitchpakdi (Secretary General of UNCTAD).[20]


The 2014 Summit saw Warwick University host Professor Eric Maskin as the keynote speaker, the third Nobel Laureate to date.[21] Other speakers included Diane Coyle, Victoria Chick, Nasser Saidi, Gerard Lyons, Ann Pettifor, Ian Goldin,[22] Richard Lambert[23] and Luke Johnson.[24][25]


In 2015, the Summit had a strong focus on international institutions with Vítor Constâncio from the ECB,[26][27] Zhu Min from the IMF, Dermot Nolan, the CEO of OFGEM[28] and Athanasios Orphanides; the former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus. Speakers also included Partha Dasgupta, Jan Vincent Rostowski and Simon Anholt.

External links

  • Warwick Economics Summit Website
  • Warwick Economics Department
  • The University of Warwick


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