Reciprocity and the Welfare State

Hosted by the School of Public Policy and Beveridge 2.0

Online public event


Professor Nicholas Barr

Professor Nicholas Barr

Professor Sir Tim Besley

Professor Sir Tim Besley

Dr Tania Burchardt

Dr Tania Burchardt

Gregg McClymont

Gregg McClymont


Baroness Shafik

Baroness Shafik

Join our panelists as they come together to discuss the new issue of the LSE Public Policy Review, Beveridge 2.0: Reciprocity Across the Life-Cycle.

The welfare state plays a central role in managing risks and tackling vulnerability across the life-cycle. This new issue of the LSE Public Policy Review focuses on the relationships between individuals and between generations that underpin welfare state institutions. In face of emerging social and economic changes, our understanding of the social contract invites questions around the role of reciprocity as a principle of social cooperation, and around the way in which reciprocal relationships affect the design and financing of welfare state institutions.

Meet our speakers and chair

Nicholas Barr is Professor of Public Economics in the European Institute at LSE.

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.

Tania Burchardt is Associate Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and Deputy Director of STICERD at LSE.

Gregg McClymont (@greggmcclymont) was UK Shadow Minister of State for Pensions 2011-2015 and a member of the Prime Minister’s 2014 Further Devolution to Scotland Commission. He was MP for Cumbernauld 2010-15. Before entering politics, he was a Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford – having trained as a historian in the Universities of Glasgow, Pennsylvania and Oxford. He is currently a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and Exec. Director Public Affairs at IFM Investors.

Minouche Shafik is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this, she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. She is an alumna of LSE. Her new book, What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract, is out now.

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