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Press invite: 2005 Econometric Society World Congress

31 August 2005

  • Event: 9th Econometric Society World Congress
  • Date: Thursday 18 to Wednesday 24 August 2005
  • Venue: UCL ( University College London ), Gower Street , London , WC1E 6BT

The economics of immigration, education, smoking, fertility and drug trafficking will be among the topics discussed at the ninth Econometric Society World Congress, which will be hosted by the UCL Department of Economics from 18-24 August 2005.

The Econometric Society is the leading international learned society in the field of economics, and its quinquennial world congress is recognised as the most prestigious in economics.

It is the first time the Congress has been held in London and has not been hosted by a UK institute for 35 years.

The field of econometrics focuses on applying economics data and mathematics to describing, understanding and predicting the economy. It is used in macroeconomics and monetary policy; and assessing the effectiveness of education, welfare and health policy.

The 1500 delegates attending include many top economists with expertise across a range of disciplines. Four Nobel Laureates will present key sessions on unemployment, electoral strategy and industrial organisation. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has organised a series of policy workshops.

Over 1000 papers will be presented over the six-day Congress with the proceedings being published by Cambridge University Press.

All sessions will be open to journalists who have registered to attend by contacting the UCL press office. Press conferences on key papers will also be held.

A full copy of the programme can be accessed on the 2005 Econometric Society World Congress website:

For further details, to register for a press pass or request a copy of the programme, please contact:

Judith H Moore, UCL Media Relations Manager
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Programme highlights:

Plenary Session
  • Presidential Address
    Tom Sargent "European and American unemployment"
    Chair: Lars Hansen
  • Frisch Memorial Lecture
    Dan McFadden "The science of pleasure: the measurement of consumer welfare"
    Chair: James Heckman
  • Walras-Bowley Lecture
    Tim Besley "Electoral strategy and economic policy"
    Chair: Torsten Persson
  • JEEA Lecture
    Jean Tirole "The industrial organisation and regulation of platform industries"
    Chair: Richard Blundell
  • Fisher-Schultz Lecture
    Ariel Pakes “Econometrics and theory in applied I.O.”
    Chair: Jerry Hausman Invited Symposia
Fiscal Studies Policy Sessions
  • Friday 19 August, 1pm : James Heckman ( University of Chicago ), Education Policy
  • Saturday 20 August, 1pm : Jordi Galí (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Monetary Policy in Europe
  • Monday 22 August, 1pm : Alan Krueger ( Princeton University ), Well-being and policy evaluation
  • Wednesday 23 August, 1pm : Anthony Venables (Department for International Development), Development Policy

About UCL's Department of Economics

The Chair of Political Economy at UCL was created in 1827 in memory of David Ricardo - establishing the first Department of Economics in England . The modern department has an outstanding international reputation in key areas of current research including applied theory, microeconometrics, game theory, labour economics, development economics, macroeconomics, industrial economics and environmental economics. It is one of only four economics departments in the UK to achieve the 'double 5*' rating in the two most recent (2001) national Research Assessment Exercises (RAE).