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?

  • Online publication for SJPE from 2022. The Scottish Journal of Political Economy will be published in an online-only format effective from the 2022 volume. This is a proactive move towards reducing the environmental impact caused by the production and distribution of printed journal copies and will allow further investment in future innovations, digital development and sustainability measures. Published content will continue to be disseminated quickly through the journal’s network of indexing services, and Wiley’s extensive global institutional reach. Articles will also continue to be discoverable through popular search engines such as Google.


  • The 2022 annual conference will be held at the University of Glasgow from Monday 25th April to Wednesday 27th April 2022. Our intention is to run a face-to-face conference. However, partly depending on public health guidelines, there is also likely to be an online component. More details to follow early 2022. Please follow this link for further information: Conference Website


    • President's Lecture
      Nava Ashraf, London School of Economics
    • The Adam Smith Lecture
      Mike Elsby, University of Edinburgh
    • The SES Economic Policy Lecture
      Lucy O’Carroll, Director of Taxation and Fiscal Stability, the Scottish Government

Deadline for submission of papers and organised sessions: 28 January 2022


  • New editor of the Scottish Journal of Political Economy:
    • The Scottish Economic Society (SES) is delighted to announce that the new editor of The Scottish Journal of Political Economy is Professor David Jaeger of the University of St Andrews. Welcome, David! The Society would also like to pay tribute to Professor Catia Montagna and Professor John Skatun for their service to the Journal and the SES for eight years. Thanks John and Catia: We will miss you!


  • 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 took place. The conference was hosted by the University of Glasgow, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the conference was held virtually.


  • 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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