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2016 Evidence Session 2 - Trade

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Openness, Trade and FDI

Date: Monday 21 November 2016
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Location: 32L 1.04 London School of Economics, 1st Floor, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


Professor Gianmarco Ottoviano’s team are examining the best relationship for the UK to pursue with the EU to ensure the flow of exports, imports and FDI. It will also look beyond Brexit to trading with other countries, for example China.


Karolina Eckholm  |  Karen Helene Ultveit-Moe  |  Lionel Fontagné  |  Paola Conconi


Karolina Ekholm (Ministry of Finance, Sweden) -  State Secretary to Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson at the Swedish Ministry of Finance. Ms Ekholm is a Swedish economist and has previously served on the board of the Swedish Central Bank, where she was one of five deputy governors. She holds a professorship in Economics at Stockholm University. Her research has primarily focused on the effects of globalization.

Karen Helene Ullveit-Moe (University of Oslo) - Professor of Economics at the University of Oslo and Member of Executive Board at Norges Bank (since January 2014). She previously served as Research Director at Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Karen Helene is also Chair of the public commission appointed by the Norwegian government to promote cross-country growth in skill-intensive jobs (Kompetansearbeidsplasser-utvalget), and a member of the commission of the Norwegian government to assess the impact of the EEA agreement for Norway (EØS-utvalget).

Lionel Fontagné  (CEPII) -  Professor of economics in the Paris School of Economics, a member of the Council of Economic Analysis to the French Prime Minister, a scientific advisor to the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII, Paris), and an advisor to the International Trade Center (UNCTAD-WTO, Geneva). He has previously served as consultant to the OECD Development Centre, to the OECD Directorate for Science Technology and Industry, to the Ministry of Finance of the Luxembourg, and to the French Ministry of Finance. Fontagné has written numerous studies on international trade and integration issues. 

Paola Conconi (ECARES) -  Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). She is also a Research Fellow of the CEPR International Trade and Regional Economics Program, the Director of the CEPR Research Network on Global Value Chains, Trade and Development, and a CESifo Research Fellow. Her main research interests are in international trade, firm organization, and political economy.

Will Page (Spotify) -  is the Director of Economics at Spotify, the music streaming service that gives you instant access to millions of songs. He was previously the Chief Economist at PRS for Music. There he published pioneering work on Adding Up The Industry, the Long Tail and Radiohead's In Rainbows – where he famously asked if legal free could compete with illegal free. Since joining Spotify, he has presented new insights on the 'Anatomy of a Hit' for artists like Lorde, Mr Probz and Meghan Trainor and recently published the global value of music copyright.   He is passionate about teaching the economics of digital media and his work is regularly featured in The Economist and Financial Times. To date, Spotify has launched in 60 markets, has over 100 million active users and over 40 million paying subscribers and paid over $3bn in revenue to rights holders since launch.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.  

Tim Sarson (KPMG) - Partner, Value Chain Management, KPMG UK. Tim designs and implements global operating models for Multinational Companies. He has 17 years experience as an international tax specialist in big-4 firms as well as in industry, where he was the group tax and treasury manager for an operational consulting practice. He has also authored a number of recent articles in industry journals including Tax Adviser, International Tax Review, Irish Tax Review and Economia, and has been quoted on Brexit issues in newspapers including the Financial Times.

Please note that the views expressed by the evidence givers do not necessarily reflect those of the LSE Growth Commissioners.

Please email us to register for this event at lsegrowth@lse.ac.uk