With the run up to the Easter holidays and a brief respite between terms, the economics conference season is in full swing – here’s a round-up of a few of them:
Royal Economic Society Conference 2007 is being held at the University of Warwick, with keynote speakers including Abhijit Banerjee from MIT, Martin Browning from Oxford and Al Roth from Harvard.
Scottish Economic Society Conference 2007 is being held in Perth and features the President’s Lecture given by Angus Deaton from Princeton, talking about “Growth, Poverty and the Improvement of Global Health”.
Economic History Society Conference 2007 is being held in Exeter and concludes with the Tawney Lecture from Cormac O Grada of University College Dublin on “The Ripple that Drowns: Twentieth Century Famines as Economic History”.
Welsh Economics Colloquium 2007 is being held in Gregynog, nr. Newtown in Powys and features keynotes from Michael Artis of Manchester University and Richard Harris from the University of Glasgow.
Explore the websites above for papers, press releases, research summaries and archives of previous conferences, with selected items appearing on the Economics in Action blog once the conferences are over.
While we are on the topic of conference, don’t forget that the call for papers for the Developments in Economics Education (DEE) conference organised by the Economics Network is still open.
Intute: Economics links to more information about economics conferences
The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has opened materials from Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s on Mark Felt, the source known as Deep Throat, to researchers, scholars and the public.
A selection of the Deep Throat materials can be viewed in an online exhibition from the Center, with images of the type written notes that Woodward would produce after his clandestine meetings with Deep Throat that often took place in an underground parking garage.
These meetings were memorably portrayed in the 1976 film All the President’s Men where actor Hal Holbrook summed up the way to crack the Watergate case was to “follow the money”, a phrase that Woodward does not recollect Felt using and may well have been improvised on the film set.
Felt’s identity as the high level source who helped Woodward, was kept secret for over 30 years until Felt’s relatives revealed him as The Guy They Called Deep Throat in a Vanity Fair article in 2005, which prompted Woodward and Bernstein to finally confirm the story in the Washington Post.
Sadly we will never know what motivated Felt to become an informant, due to his failing memory. However Woodward has written up his recollections of the meetings in the book The Secret Man and the honourable tradition of leaking information about governments in the public interest, has even been updated for the 21st century with the founding of the Wikileaks website.
Search Intute: Social Sciences for more on Nixon and Watergate
Gordon Brown has delivered his 11th Budget as Chancellor
Follow the online reaction via:
An excellent selection of links is available from the LSE Library
Brown opened by quipping that only Gladstone had delivered more Budgets and that he had only delivered his 12th by combining the roles of Prime Minister and Chancellor, a mistake he would not make.
Some of the other sources you can follow include:
- Technorati for mentions of Gordon Brown on blogs
- Google News for mainstream reaction from news sources
- and of course search Intute: Social Sciences for more on budgets and Brown
Relevant Intute: Social Sciences browse sections include: Public Administration of the Economy, Macroeconomic Policy and Taxes and Taxation
The Economics Network have issued a call for papers for consideration for their upcoming Developments in Economics Education (DEE) conference, to be held in Cambridge in September. Plus there are still a few days left to fill in their survey of economics lecturers, which includes the chance to win a Pocket PC.
Over on the Economics in Action blog this week, Intute: Economics have been contributing to their coverage of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Romesh’s Greatest Hits are a Top 10 style run down of some of the Economics stories he has covered over the past year and enhanced with links to further Internet websites.
… and finally this week saw the release of a new 20 pound note featuring the famous economist and philosopher Adam Smith, the first Scotsman to feature on an English banknote. The Bank of England website features a webcast of Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, talking about Adam Smith.
Search Intute: Economics for more on the topics of banknotes, money and Adam Smith