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.

The Scottish Journal of Political Economy

The Scottish Journal of Political Economy is a generalist journal with an explicitly international reach in both readership and authorship. It is dedicated to publishing the highest quality research in any field of economics, without prejudice to the methodology or to the analytical techniques used. We encourage submission in all fields of economics in order to provide practical contributions to the literature, and to further the influence of economics in the world of practical affairs. Contributions on themes with explicit policy relevance are especially welcome.

SES's Annual Conference

The 2014 Annual Conference took place on the 28th - 30th April in Perth. Next year's Annual conference will be in April 2015, again in Perth. The Society welcomes papers and proposals for organised sessions from all areas of Economics, Economic Policy and Econometrics from academics and practitioners regardless of sector. A formal call for papers will appear in September. It will also be distributed to past delegates, all members of the Society and through the usual networks.

The Society places particular emphasis on the application of economics to policy and there will be invited sessions in separate policy and pedagogy streams. Wednesday's events have been re-designed to provide a well-rounded sub-programme for day delegates and contain sessions that aim to support PhD students and young lecturers.

Recurring Activities

The Society runs/works in partnership on the following annual events:

  • SES Annual Conference (April)
  • Government Economic Service / SES Workshop (October)
  • SES Student-Teacher Event (November)

The Society also collaborates with the Royal Bank of Scotland in their RBS-SES Annual Lecture programme, supports the Economics Network, and contributes to making the case of economics heard in the Academy of the Social Sciences.

Small Grants Scheme

The Society invites applications from researchers for its Small Grants Scheme. Grants of up to £500 are available for PhD students for conference travel expenses and up to £2,000 for other projects.

Please direct all enquiries and applications to president@scotecon.org.