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How did London Get Away With it? The Recession and the North-South Divide

LSE Works: Spatial Economics Research Centre and LSE London

Date: Thursday 20 January 2011 
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Henry G Overman
Respondents: Professor Ian Gordon, Alex Jones, Hamish McRae
Chair: Tony Travers

It was widely expected that London would, in the short to medium run, be the most severely hit of the UK regions in the recession initiated by the 2007-08 financial crisis. This lecture considers why this did not happen.

Henry G Overman is professor of economic geography at LSE and director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

Ian Gordon is professor of human geography at LSE.

Alex Jones is chief executive of the Centre for Cities.

Hamish McRae is an associate editor of The Independent.

The Spatial Economics Research Centre is based at the LSE and aims to provide high quality independent research to further understand why some regions, cities and communities prosper, whilst others do not. Research will focus on why there are disparities in economic prosperity at all spatial levels including regional, city-region, local and neighbourhood.

LSE Works is a new series of public lectures, sponsored by SAGE publications, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's Research Centres. In each
session, LSE academics will present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy. A list of all the LSE Works lectures can be viewed online.

Please click here for Professor Henry Overman's latest article on the  British Politics and Policy at LSE blog

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.


A copy of Professor Henry Overman's powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download 'How did London Get Away With it? The Recession and the North-South Divide' (pdf).

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