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Chancellor Gordon Brown to give keynote speech

The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is to give a speech at the Royal Economic Society 2000 Conference at the University of St Andrews next week (Thursday 13 July 2000).

The four-day event, which will run from 10 to 13 July 2000 in New Hall, North Haugh, St Andrews, has not been held in Scotland for over 25 years.

Recognised as the most prestigious economics event in the UK, it will be attended by over 350 top academic and government economists and policy makers from as far as Australia, China and Nepal, with a strong North-American and Continental European contingent, as well as economists from all leading UK departments.

Organised in conjunction with the Scottish Economic Society, the event will hear presentations on over 200 papers from invited speakers including Greg Mankiw of Harvard University and Partha Dasgupta of Cambridge University.

Local organiser Dr Manfredi La Manna of the University of St Andrews’ Department of Economics said, “The conference will strengthen the high research profile of the Economics Department of the University of St Andrews, which will be represented by six members presenting papers, two session organisers, and by our very own Professor Gavin Reid as President of the Scottish Economic Society. Special invited sessions will deal with everything from health care and the minimum wage to foreign direct investment, Israeli-Palestinian economic relations, current UK economic policy and the new deal”.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to any aspect of the event which will be held in New Hall, North Haugh, St Andrews from Monday 10 to Thursday 13 July 2000. The Chancellor’s speech will be given at 11.45am on Thursday 13 July 2000 and is expected to last until 1pm. Members of the press should report to Damon Rhind or Romesh Vaitilingam, RES Media Consultant on arrival.

For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530 or 07730 415 015; Romesh Vaitilingam, RES Media Consultant on 0117 983 9770 or 0468 661095; or Damon Rhind on 01382 562883 or 07730 415 016 Ref: RES/standrews/chg/5july2000

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