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Major economics conference to be hosted by UCL

26 February 2004

UCL's Department of Economics has been chosen to host the 2005 World Congress of the Econometric Society.

The department successfully fought off competition from leading universities throughout the world to hold the conference, scheduled for 19-24 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. The last world congress, held in Seattle in 2000, attracted more than 1,000 delegates and it is anticipated that 1,200 delegates from throughout the world will attend in 2005. Professor Richard Blundell, who co-chairs the local organising committee, together with Professor Andrew Chesher and Professor Stephen Smith, commented: "The honour of hosting this highly prestigious event will ensure that UCL's international reputation is reinforced."

During the summer of 2003 the Department of Economics, together with Professor John Aiken, Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, sponsored a poster competition to design an image which could be used to publicise the conference. The competition, open only to Slade students, was judged by Professor Blundell, Professor Smith and Professor Cheshire together with Professor Ken Binmore (Economics). The first prize of £700 was shared between Eddie Farrell, Michael Wedgewood, Corinna Till and Emma Hart, while second and third prizes of £300 and £200 went to Brooke Wyatt and Taiseer Selhi respectively.

For more information on the ninth World Congress of the Econometric Society use the link below.

Link: 2005 World Congress of the Econometric Society