Annual Conference

Monday 26-Wednesday 28 April 2021

On-line Conference hosted by the University of Glasgow, UK


We are very excited to invite you to the Scottish Economic Society Annual Conference which will be held from Monday 26 April until Wednesday 28 April 2021.  The conference will be hosted by the University of Glasgow, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the conference will be held virtually. 

We have lined up an impressive group of internationally renowned keynote speakers as well as a number of special sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Local Organising Committee

Charles Nolan and Tanya Wilson (University of Glasgow)

Harminder Battu (University of Aberdeen) 

Chair of the Scientific Committee

Colin Green (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

The Twitter Hash Tag of the Conference is #SES2021.

Click here to view the programme on the virtual platform


Sir Tim Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science & W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, London School of Economics

the adam smith LECTURE 

Susan Dynarski, Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, University of Michigan

Policy Keynote Address 

Angus Armstrong, Director of Rebuilding Macroeconomics at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research and Chief Economic Adviser to Lloyds Banking Group.

PAPER submission is now closed

important Dates

Call for Papers
November 2020

Deadline for Paper Submission
29 January 2021

Notification of Acceptance
Late February, early March 2021

Deadline for Presenter Registration
19 March 2021


Registration Fees

Registration is now closed


Society Membership

Q I don’t know my membership number. How do I find it?
A You should be able to find your membership number from the receipt you obtained from Wiley when you joined. Please don’t contact the conference organisers as they don’t hold this information. If you can’t find your number please contact Caroline Alcock at Wileys:

Q My co-author and I have had our paper accepted to the conference.  I am already a member of the society.  My co-author isn’t, though due to a scheduling conflict they will be the one to present on the day.  Do both of us need to be members of the society or is my membership valid to enable my co-author to present on my behalf?
A All presenting authors must be members of the Society so yes, your co-author will need to join.


Q I don't have a PayPal account. Can you please give me a guide on how to pay the fee without PayPal, please?

A You don’t need a PayPal account. When you get to the payment page select PayPal but don’t go in to it, Click submit to submit your registration and this will take you to the PayPal page. Select the option at the bottom ‘Pay by debit or credit card’

Please click here to download instructions with screen captures.


Sessions are either 90 or 120 minutes in length. 90-minute sessions will typically include up to four papers, 120-minute sessions typically up to five. Papers should be presented within a maximum of 15 to 18 minutes so that there is sufficient time available for discussion. Session Chairs are asked to enforce this limit with gusto!   

By default, each paper should be followed by separate discussion unless agreed differently between presenters and session Chair.  Where there are fewer papers in a session Chairs may relax the time limit in consultation with presenters. Should a listed session Chair turn out to be unavailable at the start of the session, the presenter of the last paper should act as default session Chair.  

Instructions regarding presenting at this virtual conference will be posted in due course. Any questions please email 

We would encourage you to share your full paper and / or slide presentation with delegates in advance of the session (it must be in pdf format). Your full paper / presentation will only be visible to other delegates via the attendee app and through OnAir, the virtual conference platform.   

The Twitter hashtag of the conference is #SES2022 and we encourage you to live tweet from sessions and the conference overall. 

Sir Alec Cairncross Prize

Sir Alec Cairncross Prize

The Scottish Economic Society will award a prize of £1000 for the best paper presented at its annual conference by an economist currently registered for a PhD or who has successfully completed a PhD within the last five years. Cairncross Prize applicants should submit their paper as above and indicate that they wish to be considered for the prize. Consideration for the prize presupposes conference attendance and Society membership.

ses2018 Gallery