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Left behind: a new economics for neglected places | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: Power and Politics

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


Professor Paul Collier

Professor Paul Collier


Dr Jonathan Leape

Dr Jonathan Leape

Left behind places can be found in prosperous countries—from South Yorkshire, integral to the industrial revolution and now England’s poorest county, to Barranquilla, once Colombia’s portal to the Caribbean and now struggling. More alarmingly, the poorest countries in the world are diverging further from the rest of humanity. Why have these places fallen further behind? And what can we do about it? 

Meet our speakers and chair

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government. He is the author of The Future of Capitalism (Handesblatt Prize) and The Bottom Billion, (Arthur Ross Prize), both widely translated. He works with governments and communities around the world. A communitarian, he was awarded the Adam Smith Prize by Glasgow’s Philosophical Society (2023) and the Global Citizenship Award by Belgium’s cooperative movement (2018). His latest book Left Behind: A New Economics for Neglected Places is coming out in June 2024. 

Jonathan Leape is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE and Executive Director of the International Growth Centre. 

More about this event

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Power and Politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May.  

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