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50th Anniversary Conference

Our Department has shaped economic thought and practice across Britain and the world for the last 50 years. On 12 June 2015, we came together to celebrate this anniversary.

With talks by alumni and former colleagues of the Department, our one-day conference also welcomed back friends, past and current students. Topics of the talks ranged from tackling global inequality to the on-going euro crisis.

Watch the presentations

  • Sir Tony Atkinson (University of Oxford): Inequality - What Can Be Done?



    • Inequality - What can be done? by A. Atkinson. 50th Year Celebrations for Economics at Essex from University of Essex on Vimeo.
  • Professor Graham Loomes (University of Warwick): Modelling Decision Making: Combining Economics, Psychology and Neuroscience.



  • Professor Oliver Hart (Harvard University): Short-term, Long-term, and Continuing Contracts.



    • Short, long and continuing term contracts by M. Halonen-Akatwijuka and O. Hart. 50th Year Celebrations for Economics at Essex from University of Essex on Vimeo.
  • Professor Fabio Schiantarelli (Boston College): Does it Matter Where You Come From? Ancestry Composition and Economic Performance of U.S. Counties, 1850-2010.



    • Does it matter where you come from?. By S. Fulford, I Petkov and F Schiantarelli. 50th Year Celebrations for Economics at Essex from University of Essex on Vimeo.
  • Professor Peter Hammond (University of Warwick): From Essex and Thatcher's Poll Tax to Walrasian Equilibrium in 24 Steps.



    • From Essex to Walrasian Equilibrium by P. Hammond. 50th Year Celebrations for Economics at Essex from University of Essex on Vimeo.
  • Professor Sir Chris Pissarides (London School of Economics), The euro crisis – what have we learned and what can be done?



Contact us

If you have questions about our 50th Conference, contact Debbie Hall at dhall@essex.ac.uk.