Lessons From Economics to Business and Government

Fri 28 July 2017


8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Director’s Introduction and Academic Briefing
9:00 Microeconomics: Markets, Strategies and Incentives (Kevin Sheppard)
10:00 Coffee and Group Discussion
10:15 Macroeconomics: Understanding World Economies  (Rui Esteves)
11:15 Feedback with Tutors in Syndicates: Lessons to Take Away
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Farewell from OUBEP


Based on our past experience at OUBEP, the final morning is often viewed as the most crucial part of the entire programme. We strive to ensure that OUBEP delegates share the perspective of economists: the way in which we take economic scenarios, isolate their various components, and then study the mechanisms that link economic decisions together. It is also important to understand how different elements of economic thinking draw together. This leads us to the first two sessions today. Based on broad themes of microeconomics and macroeconomics, we put the pieces of the puzzle together to give a “big picture” perspective on how economists think and how economies work. Finally there follows an opportunity for feedback to delegates in which the tutor can highlight areas of potential interest, and perhaps further reading, tailored to each individual delegate’s tastes and requirements.

Rui Esteves – Senior Tutor

pic_estevesRui runs the academic side of the Oxford Finance and Economics Group. Rui is an Associate Professor in Economics at Oxford, and a Fellow and Tutor of Brasenose College, Oxford. He was educated in the Universities of Porto and California, Berkeley. Before coming to Oxford, Rui held an academic appointment at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. His research focuses on topics of international finance, institutional economics, and public finance in a historical perspective. Recent  projects deal  with the nature of governance in the sovereign debt market, the determinants of capital flows to developing nations, infrastructure investment, emigrants remittances, and rent-seeking in public office.

Kevin Sheppard – Syndicate Tutor

Kevin Sheppard – Syndicate Tutor
Kevin studied economics and mathematics at the Universities of Texas before obtaining his PhD in Economics at the University of California-San Diego. He specializes in measuring and modeling risk. His current research analyzes how risk evolves over time focusing substantially on asymmetric transfer across time. Other current projects include exploring how shocks in one market spread across the globe and how uncertainty about the future affects the amount of reward required to bear a risk. Kevin also researches theoretical issues in econometrics with a specialization in the tools needed to analyze financial market data.