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The second Gearty Grilling: Tim Besley on why we need economists

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Tim Besley defends the role of economists in the second of a new weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE's Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. 

Conor Gearty, Director of the IPA and Professor of Human Rights Law, is subjecting LSE academics to a five-minute grilling on their research and ideas in the new series, called The Gearty Grillings. From the financial crisis and fracking, to housing policy and human rights, the debates will put LSE’s leading authorities on some of humankind’s most provocative issues under the spotlight. In the latest video, Professor Besley, School Professor of Economics and Political Science and a former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, discusses the economic crash, interest rates, and why China could be heading for trouble.

The series, which aims to showcase LSE’s world class research and faculty, is being filmed at LSE’s new media studio. It will build on the School’s highly popular podcasts and videos which already attract over five million downloads a year.

The IPA is one of the world's leading centres of public policy. It aims to debate and address some of the major issues of our time, whether international or national, through its established teaching programmes, its research and its highly innovative public-engagement initiatives.

Professor Besley's interview:

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