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Upcoming Public Lectures

BP Professor Lecture: Targeted Lockdowns and the Road to COVID-19 Recovery


Friday 22 May 2020, 1:00pm-2:15pm
Online Event 

The talk will look at how optimal targeted lockdown strategies shift the frontier of society’s choices in the current crisis. 

Professor Michael Whinston is BP Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at LSE. 

Professor John Sutton (Chair) is Emeritus Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. 

This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registeration via LSE Events is required.

Registration will be open on Friday 15 May after 10:00.

May 2020


Coase-Phillips Lectures

2020 Economica-Phillips Lecture


Thursday 28 May 2020, 15:00-16:15

Online Event

Professor Carmen M. Reinhart, just named chief economist and vice president at the World Bank, 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.

This is a free online event. Registration opens on Tuesday 21 May 2020 from 10:00 via LSE Events.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEPhillips

May 2020


EVENT POSTPONED: 2020 Economica-Coase Lecture


We regret to share this lecture has been postponed. We'll update you when it is rescheduled.

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


Recent Public Lectures

The Great Reversal in the Time of COVID-19



Wednesday 13 May 2020, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Online Public Event 

Hosted by LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response

In his new book, which he will talk about at this event, Thomas Philippon argues that many key problems of the American economy are due not to the flaws of capitalism or the inevitabilities of globalisation but to the concentration of corporate power. By lobbying against competition, the biggest firms drive profits higher while depressing wages and limiting opportunities for investment, innovation, and growth. How is COVID-19 affecting these patterns?


Thomas Philippon (@ThomasPHI2) is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University. His new book is The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets. You can order the book (UK delivery only) from the official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney.

Angelo Martelli (@angelo_martelli) is Assistant Professor in European and International Political Economy in the European Institute at LSE.


Piroska Nagy Mohacsi (@NagyMohacsi) is Programme Director in the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA)

Find out more.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECOVID19

May 2020


LSE Presents: The People vs Social Sciences



Tuesday 10 March 2020, 18:00-20:00
Old Theatre, Old Building

With public trust in democracy at the lowest it's been in decades; in a time of mounting social discontent and increasing inequality particularly between the rich and poor, the healthy and sick, old and the young, the homed and the homeless; who is it we can look to for help in such uncertain times?

It's said knowledge is power, yet what do the economists, political scientists, policy makers, lawyers and social science researchers offer us in terms of a way forward? What information and tools, can, or should they have provided us, the people, with in order to tackle some of the complex problems arising in society today?

STICERD and the Department of Economics, in partnership with the Department of Law and School of Public Policy, will look to answer some of these questions by putting the social sciences on trial for the crime of failing society.

In the form of a mock trial, presided over by a 'judge', the prosecution will argue the case on behalf of the people, while the professors will defend their science. The jury (the live audience) will also have the opportunity to question witnesses. The trial will decide whether the social sciences, as an area of research, commentary and investigation has failed society.

This is a free public event: Register via Eventbrite

Twitter hashtag: #LSETrial

Find out the cast and more information here.

March 2020

Supply Chain Economics and the Next Phase of the Anti-Modern Slavery Movement


Tuesday 25 February 2020, 18:30-20:00
LSE Campus, Venue TBC to ticketholders

Hosted by the Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics

John Studzinski will speak on the next phase of the anti-slavery movement. He will set out what must be done to keep the eyes of the world on this human rights crisis, and how the frontline and business communities can become more unified in the abolitionist effort.

John Studzinski is vice chairman of PIMCO and a managing director. As vice chairman, he helps advance PIMCO’s global strategy and serves as a key strategic advisor to many clients around the world.

Minouche Shafik (Chair) is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEAntiSlavery

Find out more.

February 2020

Can We Be Happier?


Monday 3 February 2020, 18:30-20:00
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance 

In this event about his new book, Richard Layard explores how teachers, managers, health professionals, couples, community leaders, economists, scientists, politicians, and we as individuals can create a happier world.

Richard Layard is emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and currently heads the CEP's Wellbeing Research Programme. His new book is Can We Be Happier?

Minouche Shafik (Chair) is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEHappier

Find out more.

February 2020


The 2020 Great Development Dialogue


Friday 24 January 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

Hosted by the Department of International Development

This annual event is sponsored by LSE’s Department of International Development. 

The debate serves two purposes: (1) to explore some of the deepest and most vexing questions in development from an explicitly cross-disciplinary perspective; and (2) to shine a light on what the disciplines can and cannot tell us about economic and social development. 

This year’s event will begin with the political economy of land, and then move onto broader issues of what economics, anthropology and political science can and cannot teach us about development.

Gharad Bryan and Maitreesh Ghatak from the LSE Department of Economics, joined Deoborah James and David Graeber (anthropology), and Kathryn Hochstetler (international development), on the panel of speakers.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEDevDialogue20

Find out more. Listen to the podcast.

January 2020


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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