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SER 2014: Home

Welcome to the home page of the Student Economic Review, now in its 28th year and one of Trinity’s most prestigious societies and one of Europe’s few student-run economics journal.

This year we are very excited to bring very competitive Cambridge and Harvard teams to Trinity for debates on key economic issues of the future of Europe and education. We will also welcome economist and journalist Dan O’Brien at the beginning of December for a talk on banking union and the future of Europe.  In February we will welcome the British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott, to Trinity, along with Stephen Collins Political Editor Irish Times, for a discussion on Ireland, the UK and Europe. The SER’s year will culminate with the launch of the Student Economic Review 2014 on March 25th.

All of these wonderful events would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors; our chief sponsor for almost ten years, Harry Hartford, the main sponsor of the debates, Vinay Nair, plus Alan Gray, Bord na Mona and Aoife Cunningham. All of these individuals are Trinity graduates in Economics and we owe them a huge debt.  I would also like to thank the professors in the Department of Economics, in particular our president John O’Hagan, and Tara Mitchell and Michael King.

We look forward to seeing you at our events over the coming academic year.

Cián McLeod, JS Economics/ Mathematics
General Manager

Message from the Editor

"Is there some action a government of India could take that would lead the Indian economy to grow like Indonesia's or Egypt's? If so, what exactly? If not, what is it about the "nature of India" that makes it so? The consequences for human welfare involved in questions like these are simply staggering: once one starts to think about them, it is hard to think about anything else."
- Robert Lucas Jr.


Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for showing an interest in the Student Economic Review. Now in its 28th year, the SER is one of the longest running undergraduate economic journals in the world.

The Review is a unique opportunity for undergraduates at Trinity to publish an academic work relating to economics. Having an essay published in the review is a fine achievement, demonstrating one's ability to both understand some aspect of this complex world, and to communicate this understanding to the reader in a clear and interesting way.

Such an accomplishement places one amongst the brightest economics students here in Trinity, and thus I strongly encourage all undergraduate economics students to consider submitting an essay for the review. It is an exciting opportunity to explore to a greater depth an aspect of economics that you find particularly interesting.

In order to promote a greater level of balance within the Review, this year there will be a minimum of two Senior Freshman and five Junior Sophister essays published. The total number of essays in the review will depend on the overall quality of submissions, although it is usually in the 18-24 range.

Should you decide to submit, I and the editoral team greatly look forward to reading your submissions.

Best of luck in your academic endeavours,

Féidhlim McGowan, JS Economics/ Psychology
Editor, Student Economic Review 2014