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 - 2016

The 2016 annual conference will take place on Monday, April 18th - Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at the Mercure Perth Hotel, Perth, Scotland

For further details please see our conference page.

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)

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.