2004/2005 Lectures and Events

July 2005

Centre for Economic Performance Public Debate: "The Politics of Happiness"

Date: Tuesday 5 July 2005
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor Lord Layard and Dr Raj Persaud

photograph of Richard LayardShould happiness be at the centre of government policy? Does having more really do anything for our well-being? Can legislation raise national contentment? Come to a debate at LSE between one of Britain's leading economists, Lord Layard, and one of the country's foremost psychiatrist, Professor Raj Persaud and contribute on the future of our culture of contentment.

In Lord Layard's new book on Happiness (Happiness: lessons from a new science, Penguin) he argues that the relentless pursuit of economic growth is exacting a high price from the national psyche - leaving depression and emotional impoverishment in its wake. His polemic is that we should radically rethink economic and social policy to reorient it towards increasing the happiness of the population.

In contrast Professor Raj Persaud in his new book The Motivated Mind (Bantam Press) - an antithesis to Layard's book - suggests that sustained happiness at the personal level is not going to be achieved by macroeconomic tinkering and has more to do with personal adjustment and attitude. He warns that attempts to manufacture happiness through policy directives in the past have been doomed to failure, because of a fundamental failure to appreciate the elusive and personal nature of sustained long term well-being.

Professor Lord (Richard) Layard was founder director of the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance and intellectual architect of the New Deal for the unemployed. He now heads the centre's programme on well-being.

Dr Raj Persaud is consultant psychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital, London; senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London; Gresham Professor for public understanding of psychiatry and director at the centre for public engagement, Kings College, London.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information contact Marion O'Brien: email m.o'brien@lse.ac.uk| or phone 020 7955 7048.

The video podcast of the lecture is now available via the LSE Digital Library.

For more information, please visit the LSE Public Events pages.


June 2005

Department of Economics and Centre for Economic Performance Public Lecture: "Will We Dismantle the Welfare State"

Date: Wednesday 15 June 2005
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Paul Krugman
Chair: Professor John Sutton

Paul_KrugmanPaul Krugman is one of the world's most famous economists. As a researcher he invented the 'new trade theory' and won the John Bates Clark Medal for the best American economist under 40. He is a prolific author and writes a column in the New York Times. He holds a chair at Princeton. His latest book The Great Unravelling has been a national bestseller in the US.
Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required.

The video podcast of the lecture is now available via the LSE Digital Library.

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk or visit the LSE Public Events pages.


March 2005

Centre for Economic Performance Public Lecture: "Can We Become Happier?"

Date: Wednesday 9 March 2005
Time: 6:45pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Layard
Interlocutor: Andrew Marr

photograph of Richard LayardRichard Layard answers tough questions about his new book Happiness: lessons from a new science (Penguin). This offers a vision of a better life, based on the insights of psychology, economics and social philosophy.

Richard Layard was founder-director of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance and intellectual architect of the New Deal for the unemployed. Andrew Marr is the BBC's political editor and author of My Trade: a short history of British journalism.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

The video podcast of the lecture is now available via the LSE Digital Library.

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk or visit the LSE Public Events pages.


Adair Turner Lecture at LSE: "Pensions: political choices and macro-economic consequences"

Date: Tuesday 8 March
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Adair Turner

photograph of Aidir TurnerDebates on pensions often focus on technical details. But the overall design of a pension system reflects a political and philosophical choice as to the appropriate respective roles of government and individuals.

This is the topic Adair Turner, chairman of the Pensions Commission, will address in a lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 8 March.

Adair Turner will also look at the macro-economic consequences of pension system design - the differences but also similarities between funded and pay-as-you-go systems - which need to be clearly understood. The lecture will explore these overall issues, referring to proposals for pension reform in the US and continental Europe as well as in the UK.

For further information, please visit the LSE News and Media pages.


January 2005

The DNA of a Market Economy explored in three public lectures at LSE

Professor Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University, will give this year's three annual Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures, held at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), on Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 January.

Market economies differ from each other in many fundamental ways: their legal systems, regulatory structures, levels of economic and political freedom, corruption in government, and so on. Professor Shleifer will explore these differences and ask are they systematic and, if so, can we understand them?

Tuesday 25 January - Transplantation By Conquest and Colonization
Economies are shaped by the know-how of local people, but also of those who arrive with new ideas. European conquerors and colonizers brought their know-how, including their legal systems, to other parts of the world. These crucial pieces of each economy's DNA continue to matter today, and allow for a systematic examination of differences among market economies.

Wednesday 26 January: Why Does Legal Origin Matter So Much?
Countries whose legal systems derive from different European traditions rely on systematically distinct strategies of social control of private life. Common law countries tend to rely on private contracting and ex post dispute resolution in courts; civil law - and particularly French civil law - countries on ex ante government regulation and oversight. Why are these differences so pervasive?

Thursday 27 January: Law and Finance
One striking difference among market economies is in their levels of financial development, with common law countries having larger private debt and equity markets than French civil law countries at the same level of development. What legal rules and enforcement mechanisms explain these patterns, and do they shed light on the meaning of legal origin?

Andrei Shleifer is (Whipple VN Jones) Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He is one of the leading American economists of his generation and in 1999 won the John Bates Clark medal for best economist under 40. He has written widely on economic institutions, including corporate governance and Russian privatisation.

For further information, please visit LSE News and Media pages.


December 2004

Workshop on Strategic Thinking

Professional Development Panel, MSc Programmes, Department of Economics, LSE

Speaker: Mr Vivek Ramachandran, Lloyds TSB
Chair: Dr Linda Yueh
Date: Wednesday 10 November 2004
Venue: Clement House, D402
Time: 6.00-7.00pm

Any questions concerning this talk should be directed to Ms. Kate Brown, k.b.brown@lse.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Centre for Economic Performance & Palgrave Macmillan Discussion and Book Launch:
"The Challenges Facing Europe"

Date: Monday 6 December 2004
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: 5th Floor, LSE Research Laboratory, Lionel Robbins Building
Speakers: Willem Buiter, EBRD and Adair Turner, Merrill Lynch
Chair: Professor Lord Layard, CEP

photograph of Wilem BuiterThis event celebrates the publication of the book 'Challenges for Europe', based on the Centre for Economic Performance Queen's Prize lectures held at the LSE in 2003-04. photograph of Aidir Turner

The lectures were given by some of the world's leading academic economists and commentators on the theme of the main current challenges for Europe, and provided stimulating and controversial contributions to many of the key debates about the future of Europe, drawing also on American experiments and experience to throw light on both the possibilities and pitfalls that face us. Adair Turner (pictured right) and Willem Buiter (pictured left) will introduce the eight contributions to this collection of the edited lectures, which set out some fundamental questions about the economic development of Europe in this century.

This event is free and open to all however pre-registration is preferred as space is limited.

For further information and to reserve a seat please contact Jo Cantlay, CEP Events Coordinator: email j.m.cantlay@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 7285. Please visit the LSE Public Events pages.


November 2004

Economics Academic Speaks on the Rich in the BBC's Panorama Programme

Danny QuahDanny Quah, professor of economics at LSE, appeared on the BBC's Panorama on Sunday 7 November. The programme called 'Winner Takes All', focused on high salaries and the 'superstar effect'. Further information on the programme can be found at the BBC website.

Information about Professor Quah's research can be found at his website.   


October 2004

Economics Convenor to give The Clarendon Lectures in Economics 2004

Photograph of John Sutton @ Nigel Stead/LSEThe Clarendon Lectures in Economics at Oxford University will be given this year by Professor John Sutton, who will speak about globalisation and industrial development.

The lectures will be held on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October in the Oxford University Exam Schools, High Street, Oxford, at 5pm each evening. Admission is open to all.

Further details of the lectures can be obtained from Jenni Craig at OUP, and a summary of the lectures may be found on John Sutton's webpage. 

Download the event poster as a pdf file.


Professor Tim Besley to give Keynes Lecture in Economics

Tim BesleyOn Wednesday 13th October 2004, Professor Tim Besley will give the Keynes Lecture in Economics at the British Academy.

Tim Besley, professor of economics and political science and director of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at LSE, will speak on 'The New Political Economy'. This lecture forms part of the British Academy's Autumn 2004 Lecture Programme.

Further information on the event can be obtained from the British Academy pages.


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