In January 2018 the Society of Professional Economists launched a Professional Development programme
The demand for applying the knowledge and skills of economists to the practical challenges facing our society has never been greater. As the breadth and depth of the discipline of Economics has expanded, however, it has become increasingly difficult for professional economists to stay abreast of the latest and most cutting-edge developments of economic theory and practice.
Accordingly, your Council believes that the Society of Professional Economists can offer a valuable service to its members by providing, in addition to the regular monthly speaker meetings and the highly successful Master Class programme, an insightful and well-structured Continuous Professional Development programme.
Such an initiative is designed to benefit all members – and not just those in the early stages of their careers – by enabling them to refresh and augment their knowledge and skills as economic practitioners.
The courses comprising the Continuous Professional Development programme will consist of high-quality updates on areas of Economics judged as likely to be of most interest to members and will be designed to be of practical use rather than merely academic. Furthermore, it is planned to build the programme to support a professional competency certificate which will be recognised by employers of economists.
The Continuous Professional Development programme
Our Continuous Professional Development is run by Andy Ross, a committed Society member and highly-experienced economic practitioner who was Head of Professional Development for the Government Economic Service and is now our own Head of Professional Development.
All courses are monitored to ensure they achieve at least ninety per cent ‘good or very good’ from participants’ feedback. Tutors either have well-established reputations for excellence of teaching or have been tested for quality in pilot sessions.
Next SPE Course: An Overview of Of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Tutors: Catherine Connolly and Ken Warwick
A One Day Course
Course Date - 19th October 2018 / 10am-5pm
Course Price: £250.00
Westminster University, 35 Marylebone, London NW1 5LS
This course provides an overview of cost-benefit analysis (CBA). The course begins by revisiting the foundations of CBA before moving to topics of interest to practitioners, including non-market valuation, discounting, distributional analysis, regulation and summary measures. Attendees will benefit from insights from the literature accompanied by case studies to illustrate key concepts. Drawing on their experience, Catherine and Ken will also provide insights into how CBA plays into decision making in the UK government.
This course is suitable for:
- Economists working on CBA who would benefit from an overview of all aspects of CBA to refresh and deepen their knowledge
- Economists who may not actively work on CBA but wish to expand their knowledge in this area.
Catherine Connolly has worked on a wide range of economic topics across the public and private sectors, covering macroeconomic forecasting, globalisation and cost-benefit analysis, including working on the 2018 edition of the Green Book.
Catherine was in the British Civil Service between 2001 and 2018 where she was a member of the Government Economic Service and the Senior Civil Service. She worked at HM Treasury, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and at the former Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). She has also worked for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the New Zealand Treasury and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Catherine is the founder of economicsense, a specialist economics training provider, and studied economics at Otago University, New Zealand.
Ken Warwick is an independent economics consultant. Until April 2018, he was a member of the UK Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) and before that had 35 years’ experience as a senior economist in UK Government and international organisations.
During his time in the UK Government, Ken was Chief Economic Adviser and Director of Analysis in the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He was also a senior economist in the UK Department of Trade and Industry, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the IMF in Washington.
As a member of the RPC, Ken led on CBA methodology and the economics of regulation and reviewed hundreds of Regulatory Impact Assessments. He has spoken at OECD and international events on cost benefit analysis and led numerous cost-benefit analysis studies while in Government.
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More details on the SPE courses can be found on www.specourses.co.uk
The Masterclass in Business Economics programme
Our highly successful Masterclass in Business Economics programme was first launched in April 2008 and has been delivered on a regular basis ever since.
Intended to supplement our early evening, monthly speaker meetings, the Masterclass sessions are held at lunchtime and generally last 1 ½ hours. Each session affords members the opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills by hearing a distinguished expert address a specific subject likely to be of interest to business economists with a particular emphasis upon bringing everybody up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.
The diverse range of subjects covered in recent years has included macro-economic and financial modelling, scenario planning, behavioural economics and finance, transport economics, competition policy, climate change and economic lessons of the 1930s.
Each session concludes with Q&A and members are also encouraged to give feedback and suggestions for future topics and speakers.
These sessions also provide the opportunity to meet other SBE members and professional accreditation is given for attendance if required.