Lectures and Events

December 2014

LSE SU Economics Society and UCL Economics Society Public Lecture: "The Consequences of Uncertainty"

Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Lars Peter Hansen
Chair: Professor Wouter Den Haan|

The UCLU EFS, UCL Economist’s Society and LSESU Economics Society are proud to present "Lars Peter Hansen - The Consequences of Uncertainty".

Lars Peter Hansen| is a renowned Professor at the University of Chicago and a winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on the empirical analysis of asset prices.

Department of Economics Public Lecture: "The Tyranny of Experts"

Date: Monday 8 December 2014 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Professor William Easterly

photograph of William Easterly

The admirable fight against global poverty has a blind spot on democracy and human rights, which are both good in themselves and also the most well-proven and lasting path out of poverty. Experts in development have too often unintentionally provided a rationale for oppressive autocrats and unenlightened US foreign policy in poor countries.  

William Easterly (@bill_easterly|) is Professor of Economics at New York University and Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEexperts

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Further information is available in the LSE Public Events| pages.

The audio recording of the lecture is now available on the LSE News and Media| pages.

November 2014

The Stamp Memorial Lecture: "Poverty and the Pope"

Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Professor Jagdish Bhagwati
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

The Occupy Movement has focused the ethical attention of many on the rich. By contrast, the ethical objective has been refocused instead on the poor, most notably by Pope Francis. The focus on the rich reflects usually mankind’s ignoble instincts like envy and jealousy. On the other hand, focus on the poor and on reducing poverty reflects mankind’s noblest instinct: empathy for the poor and the unfortunate among us. While therefore the refocus on the poor is to be applauded, the next question is: how are the poor to be aided?

photograph of Jagdish BhagwatiJagdish Bhagwati (pictured left, cropped from Flickr's Financial Times photo stream, photo credit: Grace Villamil) is University Professor at Columbia University and a prominent economist. He has made pioneering contributions to the study of development, globalization, international trade, foreign aid and immigration. He also writes frequently for leading media worldwide. He has served in many advisory roles, including the GATT as Economic Policy Adviser to Director General Arthur Dunkel and at the UN to Secretary General Kofi Annan on Globalization and on NEPAD Process in Africa. The recipient of many honorary degrees and prestigious prizes, he has been uniquely presented with six festschrifts written in his honour. He has also worked with many NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and SA8000.

Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun|) is Director of LSE.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEpoverty

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required. One ticket per person can now be requested. Further information can be found on the LSE Public Events| pages.

October 2014

STICERD Atkinson Lecture Series: "The Economics of Beliefs and Misbeliefs"

Date: Tuesday 28 October
Time: 17:00-18:30
Venue: Conference Room 1.04, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Professor Roland Bénabou

We are pleased to announce the inaugural STICERD Atkinson Lecture in honour of LSE's Centennial Professor and STICERD associate Sir Tony A. Atkinson. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics.|

Roland Bénabou is Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His recent work lies in three main areas. The first links inequality, growth, social mobility and the political economy of redistribution. The second centers on education, social interactions and the socioeconomic structure of cities and the third is that of economics and psychology ("behavioural economics"). More information about his research can be found in his personal page|.

Department of Economics, Centre for Macroeconomics, Systemic Risk Centre and International Growth Centre Public Lecture: "Making Markets Fair and Effective" 

Date: Monday 27 October 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Dr Minouche Shafik
Chair: Professor Lord Nicholas Stern|

photograph of Nemat Shafik (copyright: DFID - UK Department for International Development)Nemat (Minouche) Shafik (pictured, source: DFID-UK Department for International Development), LSE Economics alumna,
became Deputy Governor of the Bank of England on 1 August 2014. She is Deputy Governor for Markets & Banking. She represents the Bank in international groups and institutions, including as G7 Deputy and in the Bank's engagement with the IMF, overseas central banks and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Dr Shafik sits on the Monetary Policy Committee, and attends the Financial Policy Committee and the Bank's Court of Directors.

Prior to joining the Bank, she was Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from 2011-2014 where she was responsible for the IMF’s work in Europe and the Middle East, the IMF’s $1 billion administrative budget, human resources policies for its 3,000 staff and the IMF’s training and technical assistance on a variety of macroeconomic and financial stability issues. She regularly chaired the Board of the IMF and represented the organization in a variety of global fora.

Minouche Shafik was Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development from March 2008 to March 2011 where she was chief executive of the department responsible for all UK development efforts. Prior to joining DFID in 2004, Minouche Shafik was Vice President at the World Bank where she improved the performance of a private sector and infrastructure portfolio of investments worth about $50 billion and managed global groups to provide both policy advice, debt and equity investments jointly with the International Finance Corporation in the areas of oil, gas and mining, telecommunications, small and medium enterprises, project finance and guarantees.

Minouche Shafik has also chaired six international consultative groups and served on seven boards on a wide range of sectors and issues. She has held academic appointments at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Economics Department at Georgetown University. Minouche Shafik attained her BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a DPhil in Economics from St. Antony's College, Oxford University. Minouche Shafik has authored, edited, and co-authored a number of books and articles on a wide variety of economic topics.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEBoE

Further information about the event and ticket information is available from the LSE Public Events| pages. 

The audio and video recordings of the lecture are now available on the LSE News and Media| pages and via the Department of Economics YouTube channel|.

A transcript of Dr Minouche Shafik's speech is available to download: 'Making Markets Fair and Effective' (pdf)|.

September 2014

International Growth Centre, Growth Week 2014: Public Lectures

photograph of Jonathan Leapephotograph of Robin BurgessThe IGC aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. The IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia and works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. The IGC believes that long-term poverty reduction will not be achieved without sustainable economic growth. IGC research focuses on developing an effective state, fostering private sector enterprise, enabling functioning cities and promoting access to energy – with the underlying aim of driving up living standards and lifting people out of poverty. With offices in 14 countries, the IGC sponsors the work of hundreds of researchers in leading universities around the world. The IGC is based at the LSE in partnership with the University of Oxford, and led by Professor Jonathan Leape| (pictured above left), Executive Director, and Directors Professor Robin Burgess| (pictured above right) and Professor Paul Collier. The IGC is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Growth Week, the IGC’s annual conference, is held in September at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Growth Week draws together ministers, civil servants, investors, business people, journalists, and researchers from Africa and South Asia with the aim of forging connections between policymakers and academics. The event consists of a series of innovative research presentations, intensive country seminars, and broad public discussions with a sharp focus on combining ideas and policy issues. Growth Week 2014 will take place from Tuesday 23 -Thursday 25 September 2014. A draft programme is available online|.

The public lectures as part of Growth Week 2014 are:

The Bihar Story: resurrection of the state, inclusion and growth|
Date: Monday 22 September, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi
Discussants: Professor Robin Burgess|, Dr Shaibal Gupta, Dr Ruth Kattumuri
Chair: Lord Bilimoria

Financing Africa's future: infrastructure, investment and opportunity|
Date: Tuesday 23 September, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Donald Kaberuka
Discussant: Professor Sir Paul Collier
Chair: Professor Leonard Wantchekon

Ten Facts about Energy and Growth|
Date: Wednesday 24 September, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Michael Greenstone
Chair: Professor Robin Burgess|

Growth, Policy and Institutions: lessons from the Indian experience|
Date: Thursday 25 September, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Montek Singh Ahluwalia
Discussant: Professor Lord Stern|
Chair: Professor Francesco Caselli|

The public lectures are free and open to all, with no registration required. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis. To attend the daytime sessions, please register online|.

For any queries, please email Emma Bakht| or call 0203 486 2913.

Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics Public Conversation: "The Shifts and The Shocks: What we've learned - and still have to learn - from the financial crisis"

Date: Tuesday 16 September 2014 
Time: 6.30-7.30pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Martin Wolf
Chair:  Lord Turner 

photograph of Martin WolfChief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times Martin Wolf gives an insightful and timely analysis of why the financial crisis occurred, and of the radical reforms needed if we are to avoid a future repeat. At this event he will be conversation with Adair Turner.

This event marks the publication of The Shifts and The Shocks.

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He has been visiting professor of Oxford and Nottingham Universities, a fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and a member of the UK's Vickers Commission on Banking, which reported in 2011. He is an honorary graduate of LSE.

Adair Turner has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He became Chairman of the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority as the financial crisis broke in September 2008. He is now a Senior Fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and at the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt. Lord Turner became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005.   

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEWolf

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

For further information, please visit the LSE Public Events| pages.

The audio and video recordings of the lecture are now available on the LSE News and Media| pages and via the Department of Economics YouTube channel|.

For an overview of the lecture, please visit the Department's Storify| page.

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