UK industrial economists established a study group in the 1970s, with mainly small, scattered, informal, London-centric meetings. In the 1990s, the study group enlarged and developed more regional involvement plus more participation from members researching different areas of industrial economics: industries, firms, regulation, trade, technology and innovation, and national and regional growth.
The by-then Network of Industrial Economists had become a forum not only for interchange about research, but also for two-way interaction between researchers and members from business, consultancy and government agencies.
The Network's members are numerous and active. Several of them choose to receive frequent communication via the Network's electronic discussion group.
Meetings often attract over 40 participants, half of all members choose to receive frequent communication via the Network's electronic discussion group. Meetings have recently occurred around twice a year and have been one to two days long at various locations throughout the UK.
We currently have about 350 members.
Typically, we have two meetings per year at various locations throughout the UK.
The importance of the Network of Industrial Economists is apparent from the crucial economic issues in its research and conference themes, the large membership of researchers who partially depend on the Network for personal and career growth through improved research, and the active participation of business and government policy makers.
Since 2010 the network has been located within the Economics and Finance division at Nottingham University Business School. It is managed by a steering committee comprising Giuliana Battisti, Monica Giulietti (both Warwick University Business School), Dave Paton and Arijit Mukherjee (both NUBS).
The Network has benefited from partial funding by various donors and has received ESRC awards on two occasions. In addition, funds have been found from a range of sources, most notably NESTA, Charles River Associates, the Law and Economics Consulting Group, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, STICERD at LSE, and the British Academy and the Royal Statistical Society.