Economica Phillips lecture

Public Lectures

Upcoming public lectures

2020 Economica-Phillips Lecture


Wednesday 11 March 2020, 18:30-20:00
Old Theatre, Old Building

Professor Carmen M. Reinhart is the Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at Harvard Kennedy School and a former Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund. She has held positions as Chief Economist and Vice President at the investment bank Bear Stearns in the 1980s. 

Reinhart's work has helped to inform the understanding of financial crises for over a decade. Her numerous papers on macroeconomics, international finance, and trade have been published in leading scholarly journals. 

She currently serves in the Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisors.

March 2020

2020 Economica-Coase Lecture


Tuesday 26 May 2020, 18:30-20:00
Old Theatre, Old Building

Professor Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale.

Pande is an economist whose research examines the economic costs and benefits of informal and formal institutions in the developing world and the role of public policy in effecting change.

Her work has examined how institutions - ranging from electoral to financial - can be designed to empower historically disadvantaged groups; how low-cost improvements in information collection and dissemination can enable flexible regulation and more efficient outcomes in areas as diverse as environmental protection and elections; and how biased social norms, unless challenged by public policy, can worsen individual well-being and reduce economic efficiency.

Pande earned her undergraduate degree from Delhi University, her M.A. from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

May 2020

BP Professor Lecture


Thursday 7 May 2020 

Further information will be available here soon.

May 2020


Recent public lectures

Love, Money and Parenting


Friday 15 November 2019, 6:30-8:30pm

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Department of Economics and the Centre for Macroeconomics

Matthias Doepke investigates how economic forces and growing inequality shape how parents raise their children.

Matthias Doepke is Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. 

Wouter Den Haan is Professor of Economics at LSE and Co-director of the Centre for Macroeconomics.

Find out more.

Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSEDoepke

November 2019


Tackling Britain's Social Mobility Problem

Stephen Machin

Thursday 7 November 2019, 6:30-8:00pm

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance 

What can we do to improve Britain's low social mobility - one of the most pressing issues facing young people growing up today? Boris Johnson continues a tradition that has stood for generations. Every Prime Minister since the end of World War Two who has attended an English University has attended just one institution: Oxford. Meanwhile 100,000s of children leave school each year without the basics to get on in life. Britain suffers from low social mobility. But how can we improve it? Our panel will discuss potential solutions, and you the audience will vote on the solution.

Stephen Machin (@s_machin_) is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

Lee Elliot Major (@Lem_Exeter) is Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter and Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE.

This event is part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science. It is free to attend and open to all. Places are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. More information here.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSESocialMobility

November 2019


Good Economics for Hard Times


Tuesday 5 November 2019, 6:30-8:00pm

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science

Join us for the Stamp Memorial Lecture which will be delivered by the 2019 joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Esther Duflo who will be speaking about her new book Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems.

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Robin Burgess (Chair) is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE and Director of the International Growth Centre.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. Tickets will be released on 29 October 2019. Find out how to secure a ticket here.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEStamp

Watch the live webcast.

November 2019


Extreme Economies: lessons from the world's limits

Extreme Economies

Friday 18 October 2019, 6:30-8:00pm

Old Theatre, Old Building 

Hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance

LSE’s Richard Davies will speak about his new book Extreme Economies: Survival, Failure, Future – Lessons from the World’s Limits.

Richard Davies is an economist based in London. He is a fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has held senior posts in economic policymaking and journalism. 

Tony Travers (Chair) is Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy, LSE.

Find out more.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEExtremeEcon

October 2019


Managing risk in a more uncertain world


14 October 2019

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Hosted by the Department, the Centre for Macroeconomics and Financial Markets Group.

An uncertain world requires us to manage risks we could never have imagined. But there exists tools that can help, economist, author and journalist Allison Schrager examines what we can learn from sex workers, studs, and surfers. Chaired by Dimitri Vayanos.

Find out more.

Listen to the podcast.

October 2019

Narrative Economics


Friday 6 September 2019, 6:30-8:00pm 

Old Theatre, Old Building

Hosted by the Centre for Macroeconomics 

The Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times bestselling author Robert Shiller will talk on his new book which argues that looking at viral stories’ impact on the economy - an approach he coined as “narrative economics” - gives forecasters better tools for predicting a recession.

Robert J. Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, and Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management.

Ricardo Reis (Chair) is the A W Phillips Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEShiller

Find out more

A podcast of this event is available to download from Narrative Economics.

The recording of the Facebook Live of this event is available to watch at Narrative Economics.

September 2019 




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