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?

  • Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference 2023 welcoming collaboration with the Royal Economic Society.

    The Scottish Economic Society is pleased to announce that we will be working together with the Royal Economic Society (SES) for the SES Annual Conference 2023. This joint RES/SES Annual Conference will be held from 3-5 April 2023 in Scotland at the University of Glasgow where we will be celebrating Adam Smith’s 300th birthday. The conference will have a terrific line-up of keynotes:

    • The SES President’s Lecture; Dani Rodrik, University of Harvard RES
    • Adam Smith Lecture; Gary Gorton, Yale University
    • Tercentenary Adam Smith Lecture; Raghuram Rajan, Chicago Booth
    • The SES Economic Policy Lecture; Silvana Tenreyro, LSE, Bank of England
    • Presidential Address; Professor Carol Propper, Imperial College, London
    • Economic Journal Lecture; Professor Valerie Ramey, University of California
    • Hahn Lecture; Professor Leah P. Boustan, Princeton University
    • Sargan Lecture; Professor Francis X. Diebold, University of Pennsylvania
  • The conference will be in-person format and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Glasgow! In order to prepare for the joint 2023 conference, here is an outline of our call for papers process. For more information about the conference check here click here. If you have any questions or feedback on the joint RES and SES Conference, please email .
    • Call for Papers opens – Late August 2022
    • Call for Papers deadline – Mid October 2022
    • Outcome emails sent – Mid December 2022
    • Bookings for conference will open in Mid December 2022



  • SES 2022 Annual Conference: Congratulations to Conrad Copeland, winner of the 2022 Sir Alec Cairncross Prize for his work on Riding the Monsoon: Geography and Iron Age Trade in the Indian Ocean. Great paper!






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