If you're an economics researcher then you already know how important it is to regularly attend conferences in the field. And if you're an economics student, then you might be thinking about attending an economics conference for the first time. Conferences are not just a great place to hear about the latest research and to network with other academics, but are also a chance engage in debate and discussion with your peers, and even to have some fun travelling and making new friends.
There are many economics conferences every year, but here are what we think at the top 5 economic conferences coming up in 2018.
1. Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA) Annual Meeting
Dates: 5th - 7th January 2018
Location: Philadelphia, USA
Organiser: American Economic Association
The American Economic Association brings together 58 other associations to form a meeting known as the Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA) meeting. This three day event is used to share new research in economics, in the form of lectures, award presentations, and a Presidential Address which this year is by Drew Fudenberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Topics covered range from climate policy, to economic applications of machine learning, to topics in risk and insurance.
2. European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) Annual Conference
Dates: 11th - 14th July 2018
Location: Maastricht, The Netherlands
Organiser: European Health Economics Association
One of the biggest conferences in health economics is the EuHEA. The theme for 2018 is ‘Shaping the Future: the Role of Health Economics’. The aim is to bring together health economics associations and researchers from across Europe to promote health economics in European universities. Topics covered include New perspectives in health economics methods and in the role of health economics in policy making.
3. Royal Economic Society (RES) Annual Conference
Dates: 26th - 28th March 2018
Location: Brighton, UK
Organiser: Royal Economic Society
The RES conference is one of Britain's main economic conferences. The keynote speeches at the conference in 2018 will be given by Maristella Botticini of the Università Bocconi in Milan, Botond Koszegi of the Central European University in Hungary, Dave Donaldson who is the co-editor at the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and Andrew Chesher who is the Professor of Economics and Economic Measurement at University College London.
4. International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Annual Conference
Dates: 10th - 13th June 2018
Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
Organiser: International Association for Energy Economics
The international conferences of the IAEEE are a must for researchers in the energy economics field. 2018 will be the 41st edition of the international conference, which expects over 500 international participants. Topics that will be covered at the conference include energy in emerging and developing countries, the future of natural gas markets, energy challenges in transport, and climate policy. The conference includes special events for students and a reduced fee to encourage students to attend.
5. Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) Annual Conference
Dates: 18th - 20th March 2018
Location: Oxford, UK
Organiser: Centre for the Study of African Economies
The 2018 Centre for the Study of African Economies conference is one of the major conferences in the field of development economics. This conference is themed around 'Economic Development in Africa' and is hosted by the Department of Economics, the Department for International Development, and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. The topics covered at the conference will include 'African refugees and migrants', 'Researchers just ran a randomized control trial in Africa and you won't believe what they found: Reflections on evidence in the age of fake news and discredited expertise', and 'The Future of Donor Agencies in Africa'.
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