2009/2010 Lectures and Events

July 2010

LSE Alumni 2000-2004 Reunion Lecture: "Will the world belong to Asia in the 21st Century?"

Time: 16:15, Saturday 10th July 2010
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Danny Quah

Danny QuahIn 2001, Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, coined the term BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China), arguing that by 2050 their combined economies would overtake that of the world's richest countries. The rise and rise of China has led to talk of the G2, while the continuing emergence of Asia, has led some to predict the predominance of 'Asian values' in the 21st century.

Professor Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and Co-Director, LSE Global Governance, examines Asia's phenomenal rise and her impact on the global stage.

For more information about this event, please see the Houghton Street Online website.  


May 2010

Department of Economics Public Lecture:
"The Career-Family Conundrum"

Time: 6.30-8.00pm, Thursday 27th May 2010
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard
Chair: Professor Steve Pischke, Department of Economics

photograph of Claudia GoldinThe talk concerns the challenges facing highly-educated young men and women who wish to have families while pursuing careers such as those in business, medicine, law, and academia. The long history of the career and family quest among college graduate women is explored, and relationships between demands in the labor market for workplace flexibility and the response by occupations, firms, and institutions are addressed.

Claudia Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard. Her research interests include economic history, labor economics, gender and economics, and the economics of work, family, and education. She is a director of the Development of the American Economy Program, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a fellow in the Society of Labor Economists, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Econometric Society.

Goldin serves on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and is the editor of the NBER Long-Term Trends in American Economic History Monograph Seres. In 1990-1991 she was the Vice President of the American Economic Association, and in 1999-2000 she was President of the Economic History Association.

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


Department of Economics Public Lecture:
"Financial Crises and Crisis Economic: Past, Present and Future"

Time: 6.30-8.00pm, Tuesday 18th May 2010
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Buiding
Speaker: Professor Nouriel Roubini
Chair: Dr Bernardo Guimaraes
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Nouriel RoubiniProfessor Roubini, aka "Dr Doom", will launch his new book, Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance (Penguin, 2010) in which he argues that financial crises are not unpredictable "black swan" events but, rather, can be forecast - in effect, they are "white swans".

Nouriel Roubini has extensive policy experience as well as broad academic credentials. From 1998-2000, he served as the Senior Economist for International Affairs at the White House Council of Economic Advisors and then the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, helping to resolve the Asian and global financial crises amongst other issues. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous other prominent public and private institutions have also drawn upon his consulting expertise.

He has published over 70 theoretical empirical and policy papers on international macroeconomic issues and co-authored the books "Political Cycles: Theory and Evidence" (M.I.T. Press, 1997) and "Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Markets" (Institute for International Economics, 2004). Professor Roubini's views on global economics issues are widely cited by the media, and his blog was named one of 20 "must-read" sources by the WSJ.

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


Department of Economics Public Lecture:
"Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Pursued Indirectly"

Time: 6.30-8pm, Thursday 13th May 2010
Location: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: John Kay
Professor Alan Manning, Head of the Department of Economics

photograph of John KayJohn Kay is one of Britain's leading Economists. He has been professor of economics at the London Business School, and is currently a fellow of St John's College, Oxford, and a visiting professor at the LSE. He is the only professor of management to receive the academic distinction of Fellowship of the British Academy. He has been director of a fiercely independent think tank, set up and sold a highly successful economic consultancy business and has been a director of several public companies. He is available for interview.

For further information, visit the LSE Public Events pages.


March 2010

Department of Economics Public Lecture:
"Top incomes in the long run of history"

Time: 6.30-8pm, Monday 1st March 2010
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker:Sir Tony Atkinson, Centennial Professor of Economics
Chair: Professor Alan Manning, Head of the Department of Economics

photograph of Tony AtkinsonTop incomes in Britan are in the news, but today's bonuses and executive remuneration have to be seen in historical perspective. Are top income shares high by the standards of the past? Is Britain different from other countries? What can economic theory tell us about the determinants of top incomes and how they have changed over time?

Sir Tony Atkinson is a British economist and Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford from 1994-2005. Before that, he held positions at Cambridge, UCL and LSE. He was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1974, and an Honorary Member of the American Economic Association in 1985, was knighted in 2000, and made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2001.

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


February 2010

LSE SU Economics Society competition final: Economic Policy Challenge Grand Final

Date: Tuesday 23 February 2010
Time: 7-9.30pm
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

The LSE SU Economics Society is proud to present the LSE Economic Policy Challenge 2010: Grand Final.

Four finalist teams have beaten candidates from across the country and emerged triumphant from the 1st round. At the finale, their proposals will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished academics and practitioners, and face a demanding audience.

An outstanding judging panel has been assembled:
Professor Richard Jackman, Department of Economics, LSE
Mr Oliver Greenfield, Head of Sustainable Business and Economics WWF-UK
Mr Colin Lawrence, Director of Prudential Risk Financial Services Authority (FSA)
Mr Antonio Spilimbergo, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Dr Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, Department of Government, LSE

The aim of this initiative is to encourage students to think critically about economic issues and propose solutions to the challenges raised in the midst of the global financial crisis. At the event, the teams will present policy proposals that answer questions from an array of monetary, fiscal, environmental, business, public, and trade topics. As a member of the audience, you could put the finalist under your intellectual fire! On top of that there will small discussion sessions where the judges will give their perspectives on the difficulties and the conflicts of interests that exist in the policy-making process.

At the finale, their proposals will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished academics and practitioners, and face a demanding audience.

The four finalists and their chosen topics are:
Paradigm, LSE, "Monetary policy frameworks based on national targets have failed to deal with the impact of global imbalances."Discuss
UCL Globalist, UCL, "Is it time to look beyond national governments for solutions to the world's most pressing economic policy problems"
Fresh Futures, University of Oxford, "Should governments prepare for a world that has run out of oil? And if so, what should they do?"
Econobrum, University of Birmingham, "Should governments prepare for a world that has run out of oil? And if so, what should they do? "

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


2010 Economica Phillips Lecture: "Uncertainty and Ambiguity in American Fiscal and Monetary Policies"

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2010
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Thomas J Sargent
Chair: Professor Francesco Caselli

Combining an historical approach with macroeconomic theory, Thomas Sargent will discuss ways of thinking about American fiscal and monetary policies - exploring how contradictions have developed and how they have been resolved.

Thomas Sargent is professor of economics at New York University and senior fellow at Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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

Further information is available from the LSE Public Events pages.

The video and audio podcast of this events is available through the LSE News and Media pages and via the Department of Economics YouTube channel.


Department of Economics Public Lecture:
"Economics 0, Reality 1"

Time: 6.30-8pm, Thursday 4th February 2010
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: John Lanchester
Chair: Professor Alan Manning, Head of the Department of Economics

Photograph of John LancasterJohn Lanchester is a British journalist, novelist and winner of the Whitbread Book Award. Author of the highly-acclaimed The Debt to Pleasure, John is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New Yorker, with a monthly column in Esquire.

Has the credit crunch exposed the futility of academic economics? Has any collective body in the history of the world ever been exposed as "wronger" than economists? Should the LSE be closed down and converted into something more socially productive? In this debate John Lanchester challenges the profession of economics with fundamental questions about its purpose and direction.

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

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January 2010

Economics Public Debate:
"What Kind of Economics Should We Teach?"

Time: 6.30-8pm, Wednesday 20th January 2010
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Paul Ormerod (Volterra Consulting); Geoffrey Hodgson, Professor of Business Studies, University of Hertfordshire and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Institutional Economics; John Sutton, Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, LSE; Albert Marcet, Professor of Economics, LSE
Chair: Tim Besley, Kuwait Professor of Economics, Director of STICER, and Director of the Masters of Public Administration (MPA), LSE

The recent global crisis has led to questions being asked about whether the kind of economics being taught to students in leading economics departments was responsible for the widespread failure to predict the timing and magnitude of the events that unfolded in 2008. Critiques range from an absence of historical context in mainstream teaching of economics to excessive reliance on mathematical models. The panel brings together four leading economists to debate this issue and to discuss what changes in the economics curriculum and the way that it is delivered are desirable.

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

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November 2009

Department of Economics Public Debate:
"The Global Economics Crisis: one year in"

Date: Monday 30 November 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor Tim Besley, Professor Willem Buiter, Professor Charles Goodhart
Chair: Professor Lord Layard

Where does the global economy now stand one year in to the global crisis? What is the impact of the range of policy actions that governments have undertaken?

Tim Besley, Willem Buiter, and Charles Goodhart are professors at LSE.

Tim Besley    photograph of Wilem Buiter     photograph of Charles Goodhart

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


LBS/LSE/UCL Trio Seminar in International Macro

Time: 12-1pm, Thursday 26th November 2009
Location: R405, CEP Conference Room, 4th Floor, LSE Research Lab, Lionel Robbins Building, Portugal Street
Speaker: Jaume Ventura (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Organisers: Gianluca Benigno (LSE), Nicolas Coeurdacier (LBS), Moren Ravn (UCL) and Hélène Rey (LBS)


Department of Economics Public Lecture:

Date: Monday 9 November 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street
Speakers: Stephen J Dubner, Professor Steven D Levitt
Chair: Professor Steve Pischke

Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling 4 million copies in 35 languages. Now, four years in the making, arrives the follow up: SuperFreakonomics. Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner return with a book that is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. Freakonomics made the world safe to discuss the economics of crack cocaine and the impact of baby names. SuperFreakonomics retains that off-kilter sensibility (comparing, for instance, the relative dangers of driving while drunk versus walking while drunk) but also tackles a host of issues at the very centre of modern society: terrorism, global warming, altruism, and more.

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in New York City. In addition to Freakonomics, he is the author of Turbulent Souls (Choosing My Religion), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, and a children's book, The Boy With Two Belly Buttons. His journalism has appeared primarily in the New York Times and the New Yorker, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting, The Best American Crime Writing, and elsewhere. He has taught English at Columbia University (while receiving an M.F.A. there), played in a rock band (which was signed to Arista Records), and, as a writer, was first published at the age of 11, in Highlights for Children.

Steven D. Levitt is the Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of The Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of 40. More recently, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World." Levitt received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1989, his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1994, and has taught at Chicago since 1997.

The podcast for the Superfreakonomics lecture (Monday 9th November 2009) is now available from Public Lectures and Events: podcasts (Search under November 2009). For information on the event, please go to Superfreakonomics.

For further information, please visit LSE Public Events pages.


LSE Confucius Institute Public Lecture:
"China in the Global Economic Crisis"

Date: Thursday 5 November 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Danny Quah

Danny QuahThrough the stress test of this global economic crisis, it is China's performance that has continued to drive the global economy forwards. Is this likely to continue or will the sceptics of China's so-far enduring economic success be finally proven right?

Danny Quah is professor of economics at LSE. 

For further information, please visit LSE Public Events pages.


October 2009

LSE and European Consortium of Political Research 'Capital Lecture Series' Public Debate:
"A Year after the Collapse of Lehmans: where does global capitalism go now?"

Date: Thursday 22 October 2009
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor Andrew Gamble, Will Hutton, Professor Danny Quah

The collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008 set off the most acute crisis in the history of capitalism since 1929. Why was Lehmans not saved? Why did its collapse have the massive impact it did? And a year on, how is the capitalist world coping?"

Andrew Gamble is a professor at Cambridge University. Will Hutton is chief executive of the Work Foundation. Danny Quah is professor of Economics at LSE.

This event is organised in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.

For further information please visit the LSE Public Events pages.


STICERD Public Lecture:
"Justice and the Moral Limits of Markets"

The STICERD Public Lecture will take place on Monday 12th October 2009. For further information on this event and how to obtain tickets, go to Justice and the Moral Limits of Markets page.


LSE SU Economics Society Lecture:
"The current state of the economy"

Date: Thursday 8 October 2009
Time: 4.45-6pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Professor Edward C. Prescott

The recent collapse of financial markets plunged economies around the world into recession. The series of events following the downfall of Lehman Brothers last September scripted an unprecedented chapter in economic history. Whether it was enormous bail-out packages, monetary policy or quantitative easing, economies around the world took expansive steps to stay afloat.

This leaves us in a very sensitive and interesting position today. Is the worst over? With US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke declaring the end of the recession, will we see dissipating unemployment, growing GDPs and bullish stock markets? And most importantly, what changes, if any, will we see in economic policy? American economist and Nobel laureate, Edward Prescott, answers such imminent questions in his talk "The current state of the economy" at the LSE.

Edward Christian Prescott is a Professor at Arizona State University and shared the Nobel Prize for economics in 2004 for his work on the time consistency of economic policy and the driving force behind business cycles. As Prescott puts it in his prize speech at Stockholm, his paper 'Rules rather than discretion: The inconsistency of optimal plans' "transformed macroeconomic policy." Prescott also asserts the "evolution" of macroeconomics "from constructing a system of equations to an investigation of dynamic stochastic economies." It was after his joint research with Robert Lucas entitled "Investment under uncertainty" did Prescott abandon this system of equations approach. Today, he says, the question is not "what policy action is best", but rather "what policy rule to follow."

Interestingly, Edward Prescott was among the 100 economists who signed a statement criticizing Obama's proposed economic reforms during the US presidential elections. Prescott further went on to oppose Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in January 2009. An expert in the theory of business cycles and general equilibrium, Edward Prescott will give his interpretation of the precarious state of today's economy in his talk.

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


Department of Economics Public Lecture:
"The Consolations of Economics"

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Tim Harford
Chair: Professor Alan Manning

For six years, Tim Harford has been answering readers' personal problems in the pages of The Financial Times, using the latest economic research to provide advice on dating, etiquette, parenting and even personal hygiene. In a light-hearted but thoughtful lecture, Tim explains what he has learned about whether economics really can bring us personal happiness.

Tim Harford is a columnist for the Financial Times, presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, and author of The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life. His new book is Dear Undercover Economist.

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


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