Promoting the study & teaching
of economics since 1897

Welcome to
the Scottish Economic Society

The objects of the Scottish Economic Society are:

  • to promote the study and teaching of economics on the widest basis, in accordance with the Scottish tradition of political economy inspired by Adam Smith
  • to provide a forum for the discussion of Scottish economic problems and their relationship to the political and social life of Scotland.

Successor from 1954 to the Scottish Society of Economists founded in 1897, the Scottish Economic Society supports an approach to economic explanation which acknowledges the human, social and historical dimensions of economic activity. This accommodates a rich variety of positions on theoretical and policy matters.

The Society is a professional body for economists, whether academic or not; it seeks to represent the collective interests of its members in all relevant contexts, and make a positive and informed contribution to economic and political debate, particularly in Scotland.

What's new?

  • Sir Alec Cairncross Prize 2021:
    • Congratulations to Michael Simmons, the winner of the 2021 Sir Alec Cairncross Prize for his presentation on Pre-Layoff Search at this year’s conference! You can find his paper here - Link to paper -
    • Congratulations to Eleonora Sfrappinithis year’s runner-up for the Sir Alec Cairncross Prize for her presentation on Completing the European Banking Union: Capital Cost Consequences for Credit Providers and Corporate Borrowers (coauthored with Michael KoetterThomas Krause and Lena Tonzerat this year’s conference. You can find her paper here – Link to paper -


  • Scottish Economic Society Best Scottish Journal of Political Economy Paper of the Year 2020 Prize:
    This year we have two winning papers! Congratulations to all authors!

    • Recent Changes in British Wage InequalityEvidence from Large Firms and Occupations by Daniel Schaefer and Carl Singleton – Link to the paper -
    • Does job design make workers happy? by  Petri BöckermanAlex BrysonAntti Kauhanen and Mari Kangasniemi – Link to the paper -


  • From Monday April, 26 until Wednesday April, 28 2021 the Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference takes place. The conference will be hosted by the University of Glasgow, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the conference will be held virtually. This gives us an exicting opportunity: This year’s three keynote lectures and a roundtable on Covid are open to all. The links are below, all you have to do is click! All are welcome!
  • Keynotes:
    • Monday 26th April at 11.00am: The SES Economic Policy Lecture - Link to keynote -
      Angus Armstrong, NIESR and Lloyds Banking Group
      Social Macroeconomics
    • Tuesday 27th April at 11.00am: President's Lecture Link to keynote -
      Sir Tim Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science & W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, London School of Economics
      The Aggregate Consequences of Default Risk: Evidence from Firm-level Data
    • Wednesday 28th April at 3.30pm: The Adam Smith Lecture - Link to keynote -
      Susan Dynarski, Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, University of Michigan
      Closing the Gap: The Effect of Reducing Complexity and Uncertainty in College Pricing on the Choices of Low-Income Students
  • Roundtable:
    • Wednesday 28th April at 9.00am: Economics Observatory Special session - Link to roundtable -Has devolution led to different outcomes during the Covid-19 crisis?The experience of Covid-19 has varied across the devolved nations of the UK. Unlike many other policy areas, devolved governments have almost complete authority to act independently of Westminster when it comes to health. Throughout the pandemic, this has also meant that measures to control the spread of Covid-19 – including restrictions on social gatherings, education, transport and businesses – have also been decided in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.This session will explore the different approaches taken by each of the devolved nation’s governments and the effects these have had on both public health and economic outcomes. In particular, panellists will highlight and discuss any variation in these outcomes between the nations of the UK, and differences in public perception of the devolved governments’ handling of the pandemic.The session will focus primarily on Scotland, but panellists will draw comparisons to the UK as a whole, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland.


  • We are very excited to invite you to the Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference which will be held from Monday 26 April until Wednesday 28 April 2021.  The conference will be hosted by the University of Glasgow, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the conference will be held virtually. Registration for the conference is now open. Please find all the details on the conference page.


  • In November, the Scottish Economic Society held its 14th Annual Students and Teachers of Economics Conference. For the first time, the conference was held online. The conference was attended by 18 schools across Scotland, who were provided with access to series of presentations on contemporary economic topics, in addition to a panel session from group of recent economics graduates. The presenters taking part in the conference were:
    • Dr Grant Allan – Strathclyde University – What does economics say about energy
    • Geoff Crocker – Universal Basic Income and Sovereign Money
    • Professor Alistair Milne – Loughborough University - Cryptocurrency:  Is it the money of the future?
    • Careers and Graduate Panel Session:
      • Joshua Baxter – The Scottish Government
      • Jeppe Saarinen – Perella Weinberg Partners
      • Maria Sergeeva – London Stock Exchange






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