GEAR Quarterly Lectures

We, the members and associate members, agreed in late 2021 to rename EARG = Economic Analysis Research Group (or, rather, reshuffle/update EARG’s name/acronym) into GEAR = Group for Economic Analysis at Reading, an acronym that is easier to pronounce and to remember, as well as more meaningful. Formally, this took place at the inaugural GEAR Quarterly Lecture on 31 March 2022. We shall, henceforth, hold these GEAR Quarterly Lectures every quarter, with a flexible date within a quarter (and, perhaps, as a hybrid event). As EARG earlier (i.e., since its founding in 2005), GEAR continues to cover the core topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as modern extensions, with particular application of the analysis to policymaking at global, national or local level.

The inaugural lecture (poster) was held on 31 March 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm GMT (London time), and our first speaker was Professor Miguel Leon-Ledesma, University of Kent and CEPR, who is also one of our Associate Members. His talk’s title was “Growth Volatility and Trade: Diversification vs Specialisation”. The synchronous MS Teams recording of the lecture is available for viewing from the University of Reading’s Research YouTube channel. (Here was the link to join online via MS Teams – it also appears in the poster linked in this paragraph).