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Nobel Prize Winner
Angus Deaton: The real world economist

This year's Nobel prize winner in Economics was awarded to Angus Deaton, for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.

Maitreesh Ghatak, Professor of Economics and director of EOPP at STICERD, has published a piece about Deaton's contributions to the field. According to him, the value of his work lied in hoining the techniques that go behind the construction of data series used for policy analayis. He also remarked that "there is a strong connection to India in Deaton’s work, and those who know him, vouch for the fact that this bond is not just academic".

The full article is available on "The Indian Express" website.


News Posted: 19 October 2015      [Back to the Top]

Inger Munk

We are sad to announce that Inger Munk, a former PhD student in the Economics Department who was based in STICERD, died in a hiking accident on October 2nd leaving behind two young children.  Inger was always a cheery presence in STICERD and a dedicated researcher with strong interests in public policy questions.  Since leaving LSE, she became an expert in offshore wind technology and had recently started her own consulting business.  Our sympathies go to her family and friends at this difficult time.


News Posted: 05 October 2015      [Back to the Top]

British Academy 2015 prize winners:
Johannes Spinnewijn awarded Wiley Prize in Economics


At the end of September, the British Academy announced the winners of its 2015 prizes and medals.


Dr Johannes Spinnewijn, STICERD's associate and lecturer in Economics at the LSE, was awarded the Wiley Prize in Economics for academic excellence in the field of economics, in particular his research in current and topical public policy.


This annual prize, made in partnership with Wiley-Blackwell, rewards achievement in research for an outstanding early career economist. The prize is a sum of £5,000.


A full list of this year's award can be found on the British Academy website.

News Posted: 01 October 2015      [Back to the Top]

Papal Audience
Lord Nicholas Stern meets Pope Francis in special audience on the theme of environmental justice

Pope Francis addressed a meeting organised by the Sustainable Development Foundation on the theme of "Environmental justice and climate change". He received Lord Nicholas Stern, who presented him with his new book ""Why Are We Waiting?" where he argues that the effects of climante change are far worse than predicted, and that embracing change and innovation is paramount to tackling them.

The papal audience welcomed three hundred participants who were representatives of religion, politics, economic activity and scientific research in various sectors, international organisations and those involved in the fight against poverty. The meeting took place in the Vatican on 11 September 2015.

Lord Stern is a leading climate change economist and author of the landmark Stern Review in 2006. He is STICERD associate and Professor of Economics at LSE. 

News Posted: 11 September 2015      [Back to the Top]

Panos Mavrokonstantis receives prize for paper on Inequality

The Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (formerly CEPS/INSTEAD) has awarded Panos Mavrokonstantis the third prize for "best paper on inequality" for his work "Modern Family: Female Breadwinners and the Intergenerational Transmission of Gender Norms". The prize was awarded to young researchers presenting at 6th meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) that took place at the University of Luxembourg on July 13-15. 

His paper examins the intergenerational transmission of gender norms in England such as the traditional view that it is the role of the mother to look after young children and the role of the father to be the breadwinner. The study revealed that "while boys raised in modern families (i.e. where the mother is the breadwinner) are less likely to develop traditional norms, girls raised in modern families are actually more likely to do so; in opposition to their family's but in line with society's norm". Using a model of gender identity formation, he shows that the findings can be explained by heterogeneity in preferences for conforming to family norms.

News Posted: 17 July 2015      [Back to the Top]

Honour for STICERD's Director
Oriana Bandiera elected Fellow of the British Academy

Professor Oriana Bandiera, director of STICERD, has today been elected Fellow of the British Academy. She joins a list of 42 highly distinguished UK academics from 18 universities, taking the total number of living Fellows to over one thousand for the first time. This year seven LSE academics, including LSE's Director Craigh Calhoun, have received the honour. 

At its Annual General Meeting (16 July 2015), the Academy welcomed the new Fellows whose research areas span the full range of the subject areas across the humanities and social sciences, from history to psychology, economics to law, literature to philosophy and languages to archaeology.

 Professor Bandiera said “The Academy plays a key role in bridging research excellence and policy discourse, while strengthening both in the process. I am thrilled to be able to contribute to its endeavours.”

Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, said: “This year we have the honour of once again welcoming the finest researchers and scholars into our Fellowship. Elected from across the UK and world for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences, they represent an unrivalled resource of expertise and knowledge. Our Fellows play a vital role in the work of the Academy; encouraging younger researchers, engaging in public discussion of the great issues and ideas of our time, and contributing to policy reports. Their collective work and expertise are testament to why research in the humanities and social sciences is vital for our understanding of the world and humanity.”

Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences. Others based overseas can also be elected as Corresponding Fellows, and, in addition, the Academy can elect Honorary Fellows.

A full list of all the elected fellows can be found in the British Academy website.

News Posted: 16 July 2015      [Back to the Top]

New appointment
Nicholas Stern elected Member of the American Philosophical Society

Nicholas Stern has been elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society (APS) in April 2015. His membership has been announced at the same time as Thomas Piketty's, the only other international academic to recieve the honour in he Social Sciences category. 

The APS promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, support of young scholars, publications, library resources, a museum and community outreach.

News Posted: 30 April 2015      [Back to the Top]