Economica Centenary Conference

13-14 May 2021

The Editors of the Journal Economica are pleased to invite you to the journal’s Centenary Conference (Online). The Journal was established in 1921 and has served as the LSE “house” journal throughout its history. 

Daron Acemoglu, a former LSE PhD student, will give a public lecture on 13 May at 14.00 (BST). To add to the celebratory conference, a select group of former LSE students and faculty will also present papers.

Registration is free and open to all but pre-registration is required. When registering, please tick the sessions you wish to attend. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Thursday 13 May 2021

Session 1: Chair, Tim Besley

Session 1
14.00 - 14.10  Welcome and Introduction- Tim Besley
14.10 - 14.30 Opening Remarks- Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director (LSE)
14.30 - 15.30 Economica Centenary Lecture
Obedience in the Labour Market and Social Mobility:
A Socio-Economic Approach
Daron Acemoglu (MIT)
15.30 - 15.50 Break

Session 2: Chair, Francesco Caselli

Session 2
15.50 - 16.50 Coming Out in America: Salience, Politics, and Cultural
ChangeRaquel Fernández (NYU)
16.50 - 17.50 Financial Dollarization in
Emerging Markets: Efficient Risk Sharing or
Prescription for Disaster?
Lawrence Christiano (NWU), with Husnu Dalgic (UMA)
and Armen Nurbekyan (CBA)


Friday 14 May 2021

Session 3: Chair, Steve Machin

Session 3
9.00 - 10.00 Gender and Psychological Pressure in Competitive
Alison Booth (ANU) with Patrick Nolen
10.00 - 11.00 Inequality, Redistribution and the Labour Market,
Richard Blundell (UCL)
11.00 - 11.20  Break

Session 4: Chair, Maitreesh Ghatak

Session 4
11.20 -  12.20 Men are from Mars and Women Too: Gender
similarities in self-confidence and altruism

Barbara Petrongolo (Oxford) with Oriana Bandiera (LSE),
Nidhi Parekh (LSE) and Michelle Rao (LSE)
12.20 - 13.20 Social Structure and the Localized Delivery of Development
Imran Rasul (UCL), with Oriana Bandiera (LSE),
Robin Burgess (LSE), Erika Deserranno (NWU),
Ricardo Morel (IPA) and Munshi Sulaiman (BRAC)
13.20 - 14.00  Break

Session 5: Chair, Noam Yuchtman

Session 5
14.00 - 15.00 War and Inequality: Bombing and the Social Contract in
James Robinson (UChicago) with
Leander Heldring (NWU) and Parker Whitfill (U Chicago) 
15.00 - 16.00 The conflict between consumer intentions, beliefs
and actions to pay down credit card debt
David Laibson
(Harvard) with Paul Adams, Benedict Guttman-Kenney,
Lucy Hayes, Stefan Hunt and Neil Stewart
16.00 - 16.30  Break

Session 6: Chair, Henry Overman

Session 6
16.30 - 17.30  Suburbanization in the United States 1960-2010,
Stephen Redding (Princeton)
17.30 - 17.50 Closing Remarks - Steve Pischke, Head of Department,
Department of Economics (LSE)

Speakers and Chairs


Professor Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Tim Besley

Professor Sir Tim Besley, London School of Economics and Political Science



Professor Sir Richard Blundell, University College London



Professor Alison Booth, Australian National University


Francesco Caselli

Professor Francesco Caselli, London School of Economics and Political Science



Professor Lawrence Christiano, Northwestern University



Professor Raquel Fernández, New York University


Maitreesh Ghatak

Professor Maitreesh Ghatak, London School of Economics and Political Science



Professor David Laibson, Harvard Kennedy School


Stephen Machin

Professor Steve Machin, London School of Economics and Political Science


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Professor Henry Overman, London School of Economics and Political Science



Professor Barbara Petrongolo, University of Oxford


Steve Pischke

Professor Steve Pischke, London School of Economics and Political Science



Professor Imran Rasul, University College London 


Professor Stephen Redding, Princeton University


Professor James Robinson, University of Chicago



Baroness Minouche Shafik, Director (London School of Economics and Political Science)


Professor Noam Yuchtman, London School of Economics and Political Science