2007/2008 Lectures and Events

April 2008

Professor Tim Besley gives the 2007/8 Richard Ely Distinguished Lecture Series

Tim BesleyProfessor Tim Besley spoke on "The Economics of State Capacity" at the 2007/8 Richard Ely Distinguished Lecture Series, John Hopkins University. This annual event takes place over three consecutive days to honour Richard Ely who was a Professor of Political Economy at John Hopkins University from 1881 to 1892.

Professor Besley will talk on the 'Dynamics of state formation - fiscal and legal capacity', 'Strong states and weak states' and 'Some current issues in U.K. monetary policy'. Details on the lectures can be found at JHU: Department of Economics Ely Lectures


"Crunching Globalisation: Global Imbalance and Global Inequality" - A public lecture by Danny Quah

Danny QuahProfessor Danny Quah spoke on 'Crunching Globalisation: Global Imbalance and Global Inequality' for a Public Lecture hosted by Dublin City University Business School (DCUBS). The lecture was opened by Professor Bernard Pierce and Professor Anne Scott, Deputy President of DCU.

Professor Quah's lecture discussed the economic performance of Ireland in the world economy, globalisation, economic growth and inequality.

Further information on this event can be found at DCU Business School - News along with a podcast.


January 2008

"Thinking Like a Social Scientist": A lecture by Professor Danny Quah

Danny QuahOn 24 January 2008, Professor Danny Quah gave a lecture on "Thinking Like a Social Scientist", part of a series of lunchtime lectures to be given by nine of LSE's most senior academics. This lecture series seeks to explain the latest thinking on how social scientists work to address the critical problems of the day.

A podcast of Prof. Quah's lecture is available as an mp3 file from LSE Public Lectures and Events: podcasts. To download the slides handout go to How some economists think (PDF).


Hellenic Observatory Public Debate, in association with the FT Business - LSE European Institute: The Future of Europe Lecture Series

Cyprus Enters the 'Euro-zone': challenges and implications

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2008
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Professor Christopher Pissarides, Michalis Sarris
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone

In January 2008, Cyprus will adopt the euro currency. This discussion will focus on the implications of entry for Cyprus and the possible lessons for and from other entrants.

Professor Christopher Pissarides is the Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics at LSE. Michalis Sarris is the minister of finance of the Republic of Cyprus and an LSE alumnus.

Further information on the LSE Public Events pages.


February 2008

2008 First Economica Phillips Lecture: "Schooling and Growth"

Date: Thursday 7 February 2008
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Robert Lucas
Chair: Professor Christopher Pissarides

The Department of Economics is delighted to announce that the 2008 Economica Phillips Lecture will be given by Robert Lucas, the John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago. One of the world's leading authorities on monetary theory, growth and development, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1995.

The lecture, entitled 'Schooling and Growth', will be held in the Old Theatre at the LSE at 6.30pm on Thursday 7th February. Hosted jointly by Economica and the Department of Economics, the Economica Phillips Lecture the first in a new lecture series named to reflect the authorship of one of the most famous articles ever published in Economica (the "Phillips Curve" article, published 50 years ago this year, was the most heavily-cited macroeconomics title of the 20th century). Following this year's inaugural lecture the Economica Phillips lecture will be given every other year, in rotation with the Economica Coase lecture series (after Ronald Coase's celebrated work on the theory of the firm which began with his Economica article), which was inaugurated in 2007.

Details of the event can be found at LSE Public Lectures and Events. Admission is free and open to all, so please turn up at least 20 minutes before the start of the lecture to ensure that you get a seat.

An audio-only podcast will be made available after the event from the Public Lectures and Events - Podcasts website. Download the poster of the lecture.

More information on Economica is available from Economica - Journal Information.


November 2007

Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures:
"The Psychology of Saving and Investment"

Speaker: Professor David Laibson, Harvard University
Date: November 19, 20 and 21 at 6.30 pm
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

These lectures are free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. For further information please refer to CEP Special Events: Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures.


Lionel Robbins's Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science - 75th Anniversary Conference

Lionel RobbinsThis year marks the 75th anniversary of Lionel Robbins's Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science. The Department of Economics at LSE and the editors of Economica have decided to mark this anniversary by a conference and a special issue of the journal. The purpose of this conference is both to renew the considerations of Robbins's theme and reflect on the current nature and significance of economic science as well as examine Robbins's own position from a historical perspective.

The conference will take place at LSE on the 10th and 11th December 2007.

Places are limited so please register by downloading and completing the form from the STICERD website below.

For further information, please go to STICERD Special Events: Lionel Robbins's Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science.


Confucius Institute for Business London Public Lecture: "Knowledge Economies in China"

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2007
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Danny Quah
Chair: Nick Byrne 

photograph of Danny QuahAs China takes its place among the world's richest economies, economic growth in the long run will endure only if innovation and technology capabilities ramp up dramatically. How will this happen?

Professor Danny Quah is head of the Department of Economics at LSE.

Further information on the LSE Public Events pages.


October 2007

Gurukul Public Lecture: "Global Welfare Economics and the World Distribution of Income"

Date: Tuesday 30 October 2007
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Sir Tony Atkinson
Chair: Professor Lord Meghnad Desai

photograph of Tony AtkinsonThis lecture explores some of the implications of adopting (or returning to) a global approach to welfare economics, examines the long-run evolution of the world distribution of income, and investigates the roles of global taxation and of private philanthropy.

Tony Atkinson is senior research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043 or visit the LSE Public Events pages.


Conference Announcement: ESAM 2008

Please visit the pages of the New Zealand Association of Economists.  


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