2017 Conference Announcement

The 2017 annual conference will take place on Monday, April 24th - Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at the Mercure Perth Hotel, Perth, Scotland

Call for papers and proposals for organised sessions

The Society invites submissions of papers and proposals for organised sessions at its Annual Conference from all areas of Economics, Economic Policy, and Econometrics from academics, PG students, practitioners in government, local authorities, public bodies, private sector and charities.

The Society emphasises application of economics to policy. There will be invited sessions in separate policy and pedagogy streams and research workshops (including the use of Administrative and Official Datasets for research).

Deadline for organised session proposals: Friday 9th December 2016

Deadline for paper submissions: Monday 16th January 2017

Sir Alec Cairncross Prize

The Scottish Economic Society will award a prize of £1000 for the best paper presented at the 2016 annual conference by an economist currently registered for a PhD or who has successfully completed a PhD within the last five years.

Submission of papers and proposals of organised sessions

Extended abstracts (Approximately 4 pages) or full papers in Word format should be submitted via e-mail to John Houston e-mail by Monday, 16th January 2016.

Cairncross Prize applicants should submit their paper as above and indicate in the email that they wish to be considered for the prize. The competition winner will be announced at the Sir Alec Cairncross Memorial Dinner on the first night of the Conference.

Full papers (PDF format) and a final, separate Abstract (Word format) must be submitted upon registration for the conference so that they can be included on the Conference Website and in the Conference Book of Abstracts.

Full papers must be submitted in PDF format and should include:

  • a brief abstract of 100-200 words (this abstract must also be provided separately in Word format)
  • where relevant, JEL classification numbers.

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Getting There

Perth mainly claims its special place in Scottish history because it is home to the Stone of Scone, the traditional place where Scottish kings were crowned. (Remember your Shakespeare?) For us down-to-earth economists, this special place is primarily due to Perth's location in the centre of Scotland, which Perth shares with Scotland's medieval capital, Stirling.

The fact that Perth can be reached from all parts of Scotland in under two hours (excepting very faraway places) has been a main factor in the SES's decision to base all its major events there. Perth also has an excellent infrastructure for events.

If you are new to the SES and do not live in Scotland, however, Perth may seem to be quite a long way away. Here is a couple of tips for travellers:

  • From both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, the cab fare to Perth will be GBP 100, and the ride will take about an hour. A taxicab will beat public transport in the area of price as soon as three people team up to share a cab.
  • From Edinburgh airport, you can take a bus to Waverley Station (just walk out of the main gate and look right, the bus leaves twice per hour) and take the train from there. You will need to pay 5 GBP for the bus and whatever the train tickets costs (first-class tickets are GBP 40-ish). The time of travel will be an hour and a half from Waverley Station.
  • Coming up from London, British Rail or other suppliers may actually be better than airline travel. The trip from London takes five hours, and there is a sleeping car (the Caledonian Sleeper) which you can use to save on hotel fares. On the other hand, EasyJet has excellent low-price connections between the UK metropolis and Scotland.

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