MaGHiCThe School of Economics has formed a new research centre for macroeconomics. The Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC) brings together a large group of researchers at the School whose main interests lie in the wide area of macroeconomics, and aims to become a focal point for research, training, and impact on macroeconomics at the University of Kent.

The Centre’s main focus is on the analysis of macroeconomic issues, including productivity and growth, labour markets, income distribution, business cycles and macroeconomic phenomena from a historical perspective. The group also has technical strength in computational economics, macroeconometric modelling and forecasting, and expertise in building long-run macroeconomic time series and reconstructing historical national accounts.

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Professor Rob FraserProfessor Rob Fraser, one of the School's experts in agricultural economics, was invited to attend the first meeting of the Defra Science Advisory Council Exotic Diseases subgroup in November. The subgroup considered the latest developments around avian influenza, following the confirmation of a case of avian flu in a duck-breeding farm in Yorkshire.

The flu strain was identified as the H5 virus, not the H5N1 strain which can be deadly to humans. Therefore the risk to public health was very low.

The European Commission said that the outbreak was likely to be linked to migratory birds possibly swans heading south for the winter, and to cases in the Netherlands and Germany  earlier in the month. The case is the first in the UK since 2008 when chickens on a farm in Banbury, Oxfordshire, tested positive for bird flu.

Professor Tony ThirlwallTwo new volumes have been published in the Great Thinkers in Economics Series, edited by Professor Tony Thirlwall and published by Palgrave-Macmillan: James Tobin by Robert Dimand and Kenneth Boulding by Robert Scott. There are now 17 volumes in the series.

Forthcoming titles include James Buchanan; Arthur Pigou; Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek.

For further information, see Palgrave-Macmillan.

MaGHiCThe School of Economics, jointly with the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC), will be hosting a one-day Macroeconomics workshop on Labour Markets, Public Policy and the Business Cycle. This workshop covers popular topics on labour markets and public policy issues over the business cycles. The keynote speaker is Professor Postel-Vinay from UCL.

The workshop will take place on 18 December 2014 at Jennison Lecture Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury. Registration is free.

For enquiries, please contact the local organiser, Dr Wei Jiang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information can be found here.


Bangladeshi school girlsResearch by Dr Zaki Wahhaj, a senior lecturer at Kent School of Economics, and Professor M Niaz Asadullah from the University of Malaya, has been highlighted in an article in The Conversation on this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both award winners were recognised for 'their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education'.

Zaki Wahhaj and M Niaz Asadullah argue that the lives of adolescent girls in patriarchal societies are constrained by multiple norms, regarding marriage, childbearing, employment, etc. and programmes and policies that focus on just one of these constraints at the exclusion of others will fail to make a comprehensive difference in their lives.

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