Can't We Just Print More Money?

Hosted by the Department of Economics

Online and in-person public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building)


Dr Jack Meaning

Dr Jack Meaning

Rupal Patel

Rupal Patel


Professor Wouter Den Haan

Professor Wouter Den Haan

Join us for this talk by Bank of England economists Jack Meaning and Rupal Patel about their new book, Can’t We Just Print More Money?

The book addresses ten questions that are the key to understanding economics, from ‘Why aren’t Freddos 10p anymore?’ to ‘What actually is money?’. Along the way, it offers idiosyncratic examples of economics in action: whether in the City of London, the Bank of England canteen, Springfield Power Plant or the National Lottery. The result is an authoritative and surprisingly witty guide to economics and why it matters.

Meet our speakers and chair

Growing up on a little island just off the North Kent coast, Jack Meaning (@MeaningJack) first got into economics as a way of explaining the changing world around him. That interest soon spiralled out of control, leading him to study for a degree in the subject, then another, and then another. In the years since finishing his PhD, Jack has worked with governments and policymakers around the world, latterly as an adviser to two Chief Economists at the Bank of England.

Rupal Patel (@RupalEconomics) became interested in economics during the 2007-8 financial crisis, when she was still at school. She soon started wondering why Woolworths was closing down, why the news was suddenly filled with GDP figures, and what all this had to do with the money in her pocket. Today, Rupal is an economist at the Bank of England, where she spends her days trying to make sure such crashes don't happen in future - and working out how to respond if they do.

Wouter Den Haan is Professor of Economics at LSE and the editor of Economica. Currently, his main areas of interest are business cycles, frictions in financial and labour markets, and numerical methods to solve models with a large number of heterogeneous agents.

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