Dear Colleague,

Welcome to our July newsletter.

We are about to publish a Special Issue on Complexity in Macroeconomics with a collection of papers from our research competition. It covers forecasting, psychological contagion, network analysis and market evolution. More details are here.

We are pleased to co-host this year’s international Law & Macroeconomics conference. A call for papers is here and we are looking forward to receiving some great submissions.

Our colleagues at the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and King’s College London also have a call for papers here for a conference on Advanced analytics: new methods and applications for macroeconomic policy.

On the fifth anniversary of Brexit, I wrote a blog for UK and a Changing Europe here reflecting on many public talks before the vote. We answered the questions we have the techniques for, but were they the ones being asked by the public?

Finally, two working papers by Claudius Gräbner and colleagues on complexity, capabilities and growth are now available as published papers here and here

All information and videos of past conferences are on our homepage or can be found by clicking on the links. If you would like to join any of our events, please ask Carla at

Thank you for your support and best wishes,

Angus Armstrong
Director, Rebuilding Macroeconomics

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Special Issue Launch

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After the successful completition of our research paper competition on Complexity in Macroeconomics we decided to publish a special issue with some of the best entries.
The contributions include new research on macroeconomic forecasting with an agent-based model, psychological contagion and asset prices, network analysis of opening economies after COVID-19 lockdowns, and an agent-based approach to the recent increase in market concentration via endogenous technical change as well as its interplay with stagnation and inequality. For more details please see here.

Conferences: Call for Papers

The economic devastation caused by Covid-19 triggered a slew of new research on law’s role in mediating the business cycle, economic growth, and inequality. As we move into the recovery phase and the build-up of the post-Covid world, this role is becoming increasingly more relevant.

We welcome submissions for an online virtual conference on October 27 and 28, 2021 that will continue to explore connections between law and macroeconomics. Papers may address the role of law, regulation, and institutions in:

  • Monetary policy, both conventional and unconventional, including how it is impacted by payments systems, e.g., new platforms and technologies, as well as the effects and risks of the unwinding of QE;
  • Financial regulatory policy, both domestic and international, including its effect on the business cycle and economic growth, and its role in crisis containment and resolution, access to capital and other aspects of financial inclusion;
  • Fiscal policy, especially its role in mitigating the effects and frequency of economic downturns, including the respective roles of federal, state, and local governments. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the combination of expansionary fiscal policy and loose monetary policy;
  • Moderating recessions with other policy levers, including bankruptcy, contract, and property law; environmental, utility, and labor regulation; and investment and capital controls;
  • ESG and the future of investment;
  • Law and data;
  • Sovereign debt, debt relief and debt forgiveness;
  • Legal strategies for reducing inequality, including policies affecting labor, competition, access to housing, healthcare, and other public services, as well as personal, corporate and public debt relief.

Papers for consideration should be submitted on or before 15 September 2021 Papers can be submitted by clicking here. Free registration for the conference, open to all interested researchers and students, is available here.

Advanced analytics techniques, such as the analysis of novel large and unstructured data sources, or the application of techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence, offer new insights into problems in economics and finance.
How do these techniques best address pressing policy questions, and how do the resulting answers compare with conventional approaches? Could these novel approaches become the norm and how? We particularly encourage submissions that apply advanced analytics techniques to the following topics:

  • monetary policy transmission, policy interactions, heterogeneous effects, communication
  • trade and capital flows networks, exchange rates
  • macroprudential and supervisory analysis and policy
  • fintech and suptech, digital currencies, blockchains
  • assessing and addressing risks from shocks and structural economic change
Details on the call for papers and registration can be found here.

All our resources are now easily accessible through our homepage, including the recordings of our past events, the final outputs of our projects, working and discussion papers.

On the fifth anniversary of Brexit, I wrote a blog for UK and a Changing Europe here reflecting on many public talks before the vote. We answered the questions we have the techniques for, but were they the ones being asked by the public?


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