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Success and Luck: good fortune and the myth of meritocracy

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Professor Robert H Frank

Professor Robert H Frank

Professor Nicola Lacey

Professor Nicola Lacey


Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband



Professor John Hills

Professor John Hills

How important is luck in economic success? Robert Frank explores why the rich underestimate the importance of luck – and why that hurts everyone, even the wealthy.

Robert H Frank (@econnaturalist) is the HJ Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. He is author of Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy.

Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) is the former leader of the UK Labour Party, a position he held from 2010 to 2015. Prior to this he served as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. He has been the Member of Parliament for Doncaster North since 2005. He holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA from Oxford University.

Nicola Lacey is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, attached to the Departments of Law and Social Policy and to the Gender Institute.

John Hills is Co-Director LSE International Inequalities Institute and Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at LSE.

The International Inequalities Institute at LSE (@LSEInequalities) brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead critical and cutting edge research to understand why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

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