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LSE Growth Commission Report Launch

Investing in Prosperity - Launch of the LSE Growth Commission Report

Date: Thursday 31st January 2013
Time: 18:30
Location: Old Theatre, LSE Old Building, Houghton Street (maps and directions)
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun, Director, LSE


  • Professor Tim Besley, LSE & Growth Commission Co-Chair
  • Professor Francesco Caselli, LSE & Centre for Macroeconomics
  • Sir Richard Lambert, Chancellor, University of Warwick and forner Chair, CBI
  • Ms Rachel Lomax, formerly Deputy Governor, Bank of England
  • Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Insitute & LSE
  • Professor John Van Reenen, Director, CEP and Growth Commission Co-Chair


The LSE Growth Commission’s Report provides an authoritative contribution to the formulation and implementation of a long-term growth strategy in the UK. It is based on evidence taken in public session during 2012 from leading academics, business people and policymakers from UK and overseas and on analysis of an LSE research team supporting the Commissioners. The Commissioners conclude that despite the UK Economy’s uncertain outlook, the tarnished reputation of the City and the longest drop in output since the Great Depression, not all is lost. With major reform of the UK’s economic structures and policies, Britain’s strengths in competitive product markets, flexible labour markets, independent regulation and good levels of higher education, can be built on to underpin growth.

The launch event will present the Report’s main findings and will feature a panel discussion between the LSE Growth Commissioners and audience questions will be encouraged.

Running Order

  • Welcome from Prof. Craig Calhoun
  • Tim Besley  -  Introduction & The Economic Story of the UK
  • John Van Reenen  -  Human Capital
  • Nick Stern  -  Infrastructure
  • Richard Lambert  -  Finance & Innovation
  • Francesco Caselli  -  GDP and Beyond
  • Rachel Lomax  -  How do we get where we want to go?
  • Questions from the audience

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