PhD Training Materials

Borders Workshop website: 26-27 June 2014

Video podcasts from the two keynote speakers James E Andrerson (Boston College) and Enrico Spolaore (Tufts University) are now available.

Keynote Lecture 1: JAMES E. ANDERSON (Boston College) - "Border Effects: Canada-US Lessons"

Keynote Lecture 2: ENRICO SPOLAORE (Tufts University) – “The Political Economy of National Borders”

Check the Borders workshop website

SaM conference website: 8-10 May 2014

Papers from this conference 8-10 May 2014 are available from the conference programme website

Search and Matching conference website

Kiyotaki seminar - Edinburgh: 11 April 2014


The two papers that were presented have been made available:

PhD Training in Edinburgh, session 2013-14

An MSc/PhD training activity is being held over a number of weeks, in collaboration and organised by the SGPE on the topic of ‘Numerical Methods for Economists (SGPE labs) and Python Boot Camp (short course on Python programming)’

The objective of both the computational methods lab sessions and the Python boot camp is to raise the level numerical methods training currently being received by economics graduate students in Scotland. 

The Python Boot camp covers all aspects of Python programming and is designed for MSc/PhD students who wish to apply the methods from the lab sessions as part of their MSc/PhD thesis/dissertations

This course is financially supported by SIRE and reimbursement of travel expenses (2nd class public transport only) is available to Scottish-based PhD students (not living in Edinburgh). For details how to claim, please check the website

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Philipp Kircher (Edinburgh) - December 2013

This 1-day course offered to academics and PhDs from all over Scotland exposed students to the broad methodology and questions within this field as well as some of the relevant literature. The course was designed to get students interested to pursue further study on their own, and to point out how to get started on selfstudy. Preliminary lecture notes for each lecture can now be downloaded from the links below.

Download the flyer, including the reading list

Lecture 1 - Frictionless Non-Transferable Utility Matching

Lecture 2 - Frictionless Transferable Utility Matching

Lecture 3 - Basics of Search Frictions

Lecture 4 - Search and Sorting

Jean Tirole (Toulouse) - October 2013

The slides of the public lecture 'Monitoring banks and states: governance and reforms in Europe' given by Professor Jean Tirole (Toulouse) on the 7th of October 2013 are now available online.

Download the slides

Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University) - 2012

The presentation given by Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University) entitled "Comparing Real Wages: the McWage Index" on Thursday the 1st of March 2012 is now avaiable to download.

Download Powerpoint Presentation

Download paper, "Comparing Real Wages: the McWage Index."

Special Issue of Oxford Economic Papers - 2011

The papers in this Special Issue of Oxford Economic Papers were first presented at a conference on 'Monetary policy before, during and after the crisis' held at Heriot-Watt University in September 2011. The conference was financed mainly by the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE), with some additional support from the Money, Macro, and Finance Research Group (MMF).The aim of the conference was, as the title implies, to bring together a group of academic and central bank economists to review issues such as whether monetary policy contributed to the crisis, and if so how; how and how well the various measures of 'unconventional monetary policy' have worked; and how the experience of the crisis will change the environment for monetary policy in the future.

Read the articles at Oxford Economic Papers website

SIRE Applied Robust Regression - 2011

The podcast of this event is now available from the University of Strathclyde website. The event was held on the 5th of May 2011.

Advanced Quantitative Methods in Economics & Finance

Training events held at the University of St Andrews

Session 2010-2011

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Session 2009-2010

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