Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis

Hosted by the Hayek Programme

Online public event


Professor Stefanie Stantcheva

Professor Stefanie Stantcheva


Professor Sir Tim Besley

Professor Sir Tim Besley

Stefanie Stantcheva will discuss her recent paper, which explores how far citizens are willing trade off civil liberties during COVID-19, and whether worries about the long term erosion of civil liberties induce citizens to hold on to their rights and freedom even during times of crises.

Stefanie Stantcheva (@S_Stantcheva) is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, a member of the French Council of Economic Advisers, and co-editor at the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science and Sir W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE.

This lecture will launch the new Hayek Programme, which has been established to discuss themes in Hayek’s work: the foundations of a market economy, the role of the state, law and economics, innovation and the use of knowledge in society.

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This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.

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