2000/2001 Lectures and Events

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May 2001

Economics Department and the Financial Markets Group Lecture: "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth"

Date: Tuesday 1 May 2001
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Benjamin Friedman
Chair: Professor Charles Goodhart

Does the experience of economic growth bear positive political, social and, ultimately, moral consequences for a society? More specifically, do rising living standards foster such tendencies as openness of opportunity, or tolerance, or social mobility, or a commitment to fairness, or the strengthening of democratic political institutions? If so, under what circumstances, and via what mechanisms? If economic growth does have such positive effects - positive externalities, in the language of economists - then the commonplace view that perceives the benefits of growth exclusively in material terms, and then weighs these material benefits against negative consequences to which we often attach a moral overtone, is seriously incomplete.

Benjamin M Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. His research and writing have primarily focused on economic policy, and in particular on the role of the financial markets in shaping how monetary and fiscal policies affect overall economic activity. His best known book is Day of Reckoning: the consequences of American economic policy under Reagan and after, which received the George S Eccles Prize, awarded annually by Columbia University for excellence in writing about economics. He is currently working on a new book on the moral consequences of economic growth.

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October 2000

Centre for Economic Performance Lecture:
"Social Choice in a Changing Economy: the Size and Role of Government"

Date: Tuesday 31 October 2000
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre
Chair: Professor Lord Layard
Speaker: Professor Adair Turner

photograph of Aidir TurnerThe speaker will focus on policies required to preserve social inclusion in an economy changed by globalisation and new technology. In particular, he will consider the threat those changes pose to the "European Social Model", and reject the notion that the forces of global competitiveness imply the wholesale dismantling of the European welfare state.

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Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures: "Understanding unemployment: News from the front"

Date: Monday 16 - Wednesday 18th October 2000
Time: 6pm
Venue: Old Theatre
Speaker: Professor Olivier Blanchard, MIT

* Monday 16th: Shocks, wages and interest rates
* Tuesday 17th: Rents, bargaining and regulation
* Wednesday 18th: Employment protection and unemployment


These lectures will assess the progress of, and focus on some of the many issues surrounding, the concensus concerning the role and interactions between shocks and institutions with regard to European unemployment.

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