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How Can Economists Change Our Lives? | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: People and Change

In-person and online public event (Great Hall, Marshall Building)


Professor Richard Davies

Professor Richard Davies

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Baroness Shafik

Baroness Shafik

Dr Linda Yueh

Dr Linda Yueh


Professor Stephen Machin

Professor Stephen Machin

COVID-19, Brexit, inflation, the energy crisis, and geopolitical tensions have pitched the UK economy into turmoil. Coming after years of stagnation, many people in the UK - one of the world’s richest countries - feel (and are) poorer. We can do better.  

Expert economists share stories of what is possible, and what the pitfalls might be, showing how economists and policymakers have changed our lives – to create safer, happier and fairer societies. 

Meet our speakers and chair

Richard Davies (@RD_Economist) is a professor at Bristol University and Director of the Economics Observatory. He joined the Centre for Economic Performance in 2016 as Chief of Staff of the LSE Growth Commission. Previously he was Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, an economist and speechwriter at the Bank of England, and Economics Editor of The Economist.

Zanny Minton Beddoes (@zannymb) is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. Previously she was the business affairs editor, responsible for the newspaper’s coverage of business, finance and science. 

Minouche Shafik is President and Vice Chancellor of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She was previously a senior leader of the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. She is an alumna of LSE. Her book, What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract, is out now.

Linda Yueh (@lindayueh) is an economist, writer and broadcaster. She is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. She is an Associate Fellow (US and the Americas Programme) at Chatham House. She was awarded a CBE for Services to Economics in the 2023 New Year Honours List.

Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics and Director of CEP in the Department of Economicsat LSE. 

You can pre-order the book The Great Crashes: Lessons from Global Meltdowns and How to Prevent Them (UK delivery only) rom our official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney.

More about this event

This event is part of the LSE Festival: People and Change running from Monday 12 to Saturday 17 June 2023, with a series of events exploring how change affects people and how people effect change. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 15 May. 

This event is hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE as part of the Economy 2030 Inquiry. The inquiry is a joint initiative with the Resolution Foundation, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The Centre for Economic Performance (@CEP_LSE) carries out policy-focused research on the causes of economic growth and effective ways to create a fair, inclusive and sustainable society.

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