Cogs and Monsters: what economics is, and what it should be

Hosted by the Department of Economics

Online public event


Professor Diane Coyle

Professor Diane Coyle


Professor Steve Pischke

Professor Steve Pischke

How much is economics to blame for crises like the financial crash, inequality or even climate change? How does the discipline need to change in the light of challenges ranging from digital disruption to reaching net zero?

Economist Diane Coyle reflects on her own profession, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses.

Meet our speaker and chair

Diane Coyle (@DianeCoyle1859) is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity.

Steve Pischke has been in the Economics Department at LSE since 2000 and is an associate in the CEP.  His key Expertise is in Labour Economics, Economics of Education, and Applied Econometrics.

More about this event

The Department of Economics (@LSEEcon) at the London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the leading economics departments in the world. LSE’s Department of Economics is also one of largest in the world, meaning that in both teaching and research, all mainstream areas of economics are represented.

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