Lectures and Events

March 2015

Economica Coase Lecture: "Human Capital, Inequality and Tax Reform: Recent Past and Future Prospects"

Date: Tuesday 10 March 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Professor Sir Richard Blundell

photograph of Richard BlundellEven before the financial crisis many developed economies were facing growing inequality and struggling to maintain employment and earnings. This lecture will dig deeper into the background to these trends and will examine the evidence on how tax and welfare reform impacts on human capital, inequality and earnings.

It will ask two general questions: What are the key margins where we might expect tax and welfare reform to have most impact on earnings, employment growth and inequality? How has this changed in the light of the great recession?

The talk will consider prospects for the future and the potential for policy reform. 

Professor Sir Richard Blundell| CBE FBA is Ricardo Professor at University College London and Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is an alumnus of LSE. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEBlundell

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

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

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Norman Sosnow Chair Inaugural Lecture: "Yes, it is a Curse: Politics and the Adverse Impact of Natural-Resource Riches"

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Francesco Caselli
Chair: Professor John Van Reenen

photograph of Francesco CaselliProfessor Caselli| (pictured) will ask whether recent economic research could shed new light on the political and economic impact of natural resource windfalls.

Francesco Caselli is the Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics in LSE’s Department of Economics and Programme Director of the Macro Research Programme at the Centre For Macroeconomics.

Professor Caselli took up the title of Norman Sosnow Chair| on 1 June 2012 and this public lectures marks his appointment.

John Van Reenen| is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEEcon

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

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

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February 2015

Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics Public Lecture: "Are Welfare Programmes Just Keeping People Out of Work? An Economist's Take on Benefits Street"

Date: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Dr Camille Landais
Chair: Professor Wouter Den Haan

photograph of Camille LandaisDr Landais| will examine the latest research into the best ways of determining the optimal level of welfare provision and social insurance in developed economies.

Camille Landais is a member of the faculty of the LSE Department of Economics and an Associate on the Public Economics Programme at STICERD.

Suggest hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEEcon

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

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

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

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Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics Public Lecture: "How to See into the Future"

Date: Thursday 5 February 2015
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Tim Harford
Chair: Professor Wouter Den Haan

Photograph of Tim HarfordTim Harford| will explain what’s really going on in the large-scale economic world – and what it means for us all in the future.

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less and Pop-Up Economics With Tim Harford. He was the winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006, and More or Less was commended for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Harford lives in Oxford with his wife and three children, and is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. His latest book is The Undercover Economist Strikes Back|. His other books include The Undercover Economist, The Logic of Life and Adapt.

Wouter Den Haan| is Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Centre for Macroeconomics.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEHarford

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested on Thursday 29 January until noon on Friday 30 January.

Further information about the event and the ticketing process can be found via the LSE Public Events| page.

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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January 2015

Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics Public Conversation: "Hall of Mirrors"

Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:  Professor Barry Eichengreen

photograph of Barry EichengreenPopular understanding of the Great Depression shaped the response to the Great Recession. The experience of the Great Recession will change our understanding of the Great Depression.

Barry Eichengreen| (pictured, source: World Economic Forum, swiss-image.ch/Photo by Sebastian Derungs) is Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California-Berkeley. His new book is Hall of Mirrors: the Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the uses - and misuses - of history|.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEmirrors

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

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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Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics Public Conversation: "Inequality and Taxation in a Globalised World"

Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker:  Dr Gabriel Zucman
Chair: Professor Wouter Den Haan

photograph of Gabriel ZucmanDr Gabriel Zucman| will discuss recent evidence on rising inequality, proposals made to curb these trends and challenges raised by international tax competition and evasion.

Gabriel Zucman is a member of the faculty of the LSE Department of Economics and an Associate on the Public Economics Programme at STICERD. 

Wouter Den Haan| is Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Centre for Macroeconomics. 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEecon

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

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

The video and audio recordings of the lecture is 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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Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics Public Conversation: In Conversation with Professor Lawrence H. Summers

Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015
Time: 2-3pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lawrence H. Summers
Chair: Professor Paul De Grauwe

photograph of Lawrence Summers ©2013 LSE/Nigel Stead, all rights reservedThe public conversation with one of America's leading economists, Professor Lawrence H. Summers, will focus on the topic of secular stagnation and the report Professor Summers is currently working on, New Approaches to Progressive Policy, which will be published on 15 January.

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers| is one of America’s leading economists. In addition to serving as 71st Secretary of  the Treasury in the Clinton Administration, Dr Summers served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as President of Harvard University, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSESummers

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

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

The video and audio recordings of the lecture is 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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Department of Economics and Grantham Research Institute Public Lecture: "Special Interests and the Media: Theory and an Application to Climate Change"

Date: Monday 19 January 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Academic Building, Room 2.04
Speaker: Professor Jesse M. Shapiro

This talk will use tools from game theory and economics to study how special interests compete for policy interest through the news media. The talk will explain why competition among special interests can make policy better by revealing useful information. It will also explain why such competition can make policy worse by creating the impression of false doubt and controversy. Climate change has been an example of the latter case, and the speaker will argue that this is, perversely, because the issue is so amenable to scientific analysis. The talk will argue that more partisan media might actually make things better.

Jesse M. Shapiro| is the George S. and Nancy B. Parker Professor of Economics at Brown University. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an editor of the Journal of Political Economy. Before joining Brown University, he was the Chookaszian Family Professor of Economics at the  University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the inaugural Becker Fellow at the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. His research is in the areas of industrial organization and political economy. Shapiro attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics and a master’s degree in statistics in 2001, and a PhD in economics in 2005. He was a 2011-2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

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Department of Economics and Centre for Macroeconomics Public Conversation: "Should Markets be Moral?"

Date: Wednesday 14 January 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky

photograph of Robert Skidelsky|Professor Lord Skidelsky will be in conversation about the topic  of a recent book he edited, Are Markets Moral|?

Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three-volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes. More recently he published Keynes: The Return of the Master.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEmarkets

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

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

The video and audio 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 LSE Public Events Storify| page.

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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.

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

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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 Bhagwati|Jagdish 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.

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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|.

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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)|.

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

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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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