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Department of Economics seminars

We host experts in different areas of economics, including academics and practitioners from around the world. View our upcoming seminars on this page.

Upcoming seminars

Details about our scheduled seminars.

27 March

Professor Morten Ravn (University College London (UCL)) will talk about his research paper Financial frictions: Micro vs. macro volatility.

About this research paper

Consumer credit spreads significantly impact consumption and asset dynamics, affecting indebted households’ spending behavior and the income sensitivity of consumption. Analyzing Danish data, we find that elevated credit spreads reduce consumption of indebted households. Our results suggest that the marginal propensity to consume (MPC) is countercyclical, with credit spreads playing a crucial role. We develop a HANK model, incorporating bank financing for both firms and households. Agency frictions generate a countercyclical credit spread, which induces heterogeneous incidence of aggregate shocks consistent with the data. Banking regulation, while stabilizing at the aggregate level, may induce volatility at the household level.

Please contact Dr Nikos Kokonas if you would like to meet with the speaker or join them for lunch.

24 April

1 May

8 May

15 May

22 May

29 May

Previous seminars

Find details of past events from the Department of Economics seminar series.


20 March

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6 March

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21 February

  • Speaker: Dr Britta Augsburg
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14 February

7 February

  • Speaker: Dr Irem Guceri
  • Title: Tax Policy, Investment and Profit-Shifting


13 December 2023

  • Speaker: David Jaeger, University of St. Andrews
  • Title: Sheepskin effects and heterogenous wage-setting behaviour: evidence from Mozambique (with Edward Sam Jones, UNU-WIDER, Mozambique)

29 November 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Ingela Alger, Toulouse School of Economics
  • Title: Estimating Social Preferences and Kantian Morality in Strategic Interactions, joint with Boris van Leeuwen

15 November 2023

  • Speaker: Professor Natalia Bailey, Monash University
  • Title: Measuring cross-country spillovers in growth-at-risk (joint with L. Li (Monash University), N. Bailey (Monash University), G. Caggiano (University of Padua and Monash University)

1 November 2023

25 October 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Indranil Dutta, University of Manchester
  • Title: Do Poverty Alleviation Policies Enhance Resilience to Poverty? Evidence from Bangladesh

7 June 2023

  • Speaker: Professor Klaus Prettner, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Title: Medical innovation, life expectancy, and economic growth (joint with Michael Kuhn, Antonio Minniti and Francesco Venturini)

31 May 2023

  • Speaker: Professor Guilherme Carmona, University of Surrey
  • Title: Stable matching in large markets with occupational choice” (joint with Krittanai Laohakunakorn)

24 May 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Natalia Montinari, Universita della Swizzera Italiana
  • Title: Gendered decision making in explore-exploit tasks (with Francesca Barigozzi and Elisa Orlandi)

17 May 2023

  • Speaker: Professor Fabrizio Mazzona, Universita della Swizzera Italiana
  • Title: Life Events Trigger of Benzodiazepine Use: The role of practice style (with Mattia Albertini and Pieter Bakx)

10 May 2023

3 May 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Stefania Lovo, University of Reading
  • Title: The political economy of environmental regulation: evidence from sand mining in India

26 April 2023

29 March 2023

  • Speaker: Professor Marko Köthenbürger, ETH Zurich
  • Title: Tax responses in local public finance: the flypaper effect at work (with Gabriel Loumeau)

22 March 2023

  • Speaker: Dr Michele Battisti, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
  • Title: Twitter and Crime: The Effect of Social Movements on Gender-Based Violence

13 March 2023

  • Speaker: Professor Michael Finus, University of Graz
  • Title: The Governance Architecture of Climate Agreements in the Light of Solar Radiation Management (joint with Joel Kariel)


7 December 2022

23 November 2022

  • Speaker: Professor Paola Manzini, University of Bristol
  • Title: “A model of approval” (joint with Marco Mariotti and Levent Ülkü)

16 November 2022

  • Speaker: Professor Sandra McNally, University of Surrey
  • Title: Immigration and Vocational Training: UK Evidence (joint with Alan Manning and Guglielmo Ventura)

26 October 2022

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