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Lectures for the Young Economist by Prof.William Thomson (University of Rochester)

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We invite you to the workshop on soft skills for teaching and research by Prof. William Thomson (Elmer B. Milliman Professor, Department of Economics, University of Rochester, NY, USA)

Dates: May 14th - 18th, 2018
Location: NRU HSE - St.Petersburg, 3A Kantemirovskaya st., Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Target audience: lecturers, researchers, and doctoral students
Total workload: 20 hours plus individual meetings
Language of instruction: English
Costs: free

Workshop outline

This workshop offers an invaluable guidance in developing academic soft skills for economic lecturers, as well as for the young economists themselves, who are preparing a class, supervising a student in working on their theses and dissertations, preparing their articles for submission to professional journals, getting ready for their first presentations at conferences, or undertaking their first refereeing assignments.

The workshop can also be helpful for lecturers of other disciplines, for specialists in English academic writing and presentation, and for student placement specialists.

About William Thomson

Besides being a distinguished researcher in microeconomic theory, William Thomson has been often praised for his remarkable record of teaching and for sharing tremendous time and energy with his students, including more than 50 former and current doctoral students. Many of these students have gone on to make major contributions in economics and to serve on the faculty of top institutions, including Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, Cal Tech, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Michigan, and universities in Japan, Korea, and Turkey.

As a graduate of the École Polytechnique, Thomson received his doctorate in economics from Stanford University. He joined the University of Rochester in 1983 and has taught at the University of Minnesota, Harvard University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Université de Caen, and the Université de Rennes, among others. 

Thomson is the author or coauthor of more than 100 research papers and eight books. His book titled Guide for the Young Economist has been translated into four languages. From 2003 to 2008, he was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Game Theory and from 2004 to 2006 he was president of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare. He serves on the board of editors of numerous international scientific journals.


Registration is not required for the participation.
However, if you want to get a Certificate of Advanced Training from the HSE, please register here and attend at least 4 scheduled lectures.

William Thomson will also be available for individual meetings outside the workshop.
The meetings will take place every day between 10.00 and 12.00. You can reserve a 1 hour slot on the Doodle page (please sign up with your full name and your email address).
If you would like to discuss your work, please send the materials that you want to discuss (papers, lecture slides, etc.) to William Thomson before the meetings at hse.economist@gmail.com.

Please find the details in the attached brochure:









Individual meetings (room 272)


Teaching a class

(room 247)

Teaching how to write Economics

(room 346)

Teaching how to give talks

(room 346)

Refereeing as teaching and assessment method

(room 346)

Mentoring and supervision

(room 246)





Open lecture
"Supervising brilliant minds of Economic Theory"

(room 436)


If you have any questions please contact:
Alexander Nesterov via nesterovu@gmail.com
Xenia Adaeva via xadaeva@hse.ru, xeniya.adayeva@gmail.com