2017 Conference

The 2017 annual conference will take place on Monday, April 24th - Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at the Mercure Perth Hotel, Perth, Scotland

Final Programme

The Final Programme of this year's conference is avalaible here.

Participants and Downloadable Papers

A list of participants and the papers presented can be found on the conference paper webpage.

Getting There

Perth mainly claims its special place in Scottish history because it is home to the Stone of Scone, the traditional place where Scottish kings were crowned. (Remember your Shakespeare?) For us down-to-earth economists, this special place is primarily due to Perth's location in the centre of Scotland, which Perth shares with Scotland's medieval capital, Stirling.

The fact that Perth can be reached from all parts of Scotland in under two hours (excepting very faraway places) has been a main factor in the SES's decision to base all its major events there. Perth also has an excellent infrastructure for events.

If you are new to the SES and do not live in Scotland, however, Perth may seem to be quite a long way away. Here is a couple of tips for travellers:

  • From both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, the cab fare to Perth will be GBP 100, and the ride will take about an hour. A taxicab will beat public transport in the area of price as soon as three people team up to share a cab.
  • From Edinburgh airport, you can take a bus to Waverley Station (just walk out of the main gate and look right, the bus leaves twice per hour) and take the train from there. You will need to pay 5 GBP for the bus and whatever the train tickets costs (first-class tickets are GBP 40-ish). The time of travel will be an hour and a half from Waverley Station.
  • Coming up from London, British Rail or other suppliers may actually be better than airline travel. The trip from London takes five hours, and there is a sleeping car (the Caledonian Sleeper) which you can use to save on hotel fares. On the other hand, EasyJet has excellent low-price connections between the UK metropolis and Scotland.

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