GEAR Quarterly Lectures

We, the members and associate members, agreed in late 2021 to rename our 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.

(1) 2022Q1 – The inaugural lecture (poster) was held on 31 March 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm GMT/BST (London time), and our 1st speaker was Professor Miguel Leon-Ledesma, University of Kent, CEPR and MaGHiC, who is also one of our GEAR Associate Members and the originator of the GEAR acronym. 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.

(2) 2022Q2 – Our 2nd lecture (poster) was held on 23 June 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm GMT/BST (London time), and our speaker was Professor Martin Ellison, University of Oxford, CEPR and NuCamp. His talk’s title, and underlying paper, was “The Ends of 30 Big Depressions”. The synchronous MS Teams recording of the lecture is available for viewing from the University of Reading’s Research YouTube channel.

(3) 2022Q3 – Our 3rd lecture (poster) was held on 15 September 2022, 4:00-5:30 pm GMT/BST (London time), and our speaker was Professor Chryssi Giannitsarou, University of Cambridge, CEPR and CfM. Her talk was under the title of “Multinationals, Investment and Stock Market Comovement” and was based on a paper just accepted at the Journal of Monetary Economics (and some additional results in a work-in-progress spin-off paper). The synchronous MS Teams recording of the lecture is available for viewing from the University of Reading’s Research YouTube channel.

(4) 2022Q4 – Our 4th lecture (poster) was held on 10 November 2022, 2:00-3:30 pm GMT (London time), and our speaker was Professor Kalina Manova, University College London, CEPR and CEP. The talk presented her work on “Firm Heterogeneity and Imperfect Competition in Global Production Networks” based on an underlying paper. The synchronous MS Teams recording of the lecture is available for viewing from the University of Reading’s Research YouTube channel.

(5) 2023Q1 – Our 5th lecture will be held on 28 March 2023, and our speaker is Professor Mark Casson, University of Reading (time and details to be circulated)

(6) 2023Q2 – Our 6th lecture will be held in June 2023, and our speaker is Professor Kerry Patterson, University of Reading, the founder of GEAR as EARG in 2005 (date, time and details to be circulated)

(7) 2023Q3 – Our 7th lecture will be held in the 3rd week of September 2023, and our speaker is Professor Hélène Rey, London Business School and CEPR (date, time and details to be circulated)

(8) 2023Q4 – Our 8th lecture will be held on 23 November 2023, and our speaker is Professor Wendy Carlin, University College London (time and details to be circulated)

(9) 2024Q1 – Our 9th lecture will be held in Q1 of 2024, and our speaker is Professor Paul Levine, University of Surrey, who is also one of our GEAR Associate Members (date, time and details to be circulated)