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Mission Economy: a moonshot guide to changing capitalism

Friday 29 January 2021, 4.00pm-5pm
Online event

Hosted by the Department of Economics

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, capitalism was stuck. It had no answer to the different challenges facing the world – from those related to health to digital privacy to the climate crisis. Taking inspiration from President Kennedy’s ‘moonshot’ programmes that successfully co-ordinated public and private sectors to put a man on the moon, Mariana Mazzucato calls for the same level of boldness and experimentation to be applied to the biggest social and political issues of our time. She argues we need to rethink the capacities and role of government within the economy and society, and above all recover a sense of public purpose.

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, where she is Founding Director of the Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose. Her new book is Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism.

Alan Manning (Chair) is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE.

This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required.

Registration will open after 10am via Zoom on Friday 15 January.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEMazzucato

January 2021


Recent public lectures

Public panel: Technology and the labour market



Wednesday 16 December 2020, 5.45pm-7pm
Online event

Hosted by the Department of Economics and the Centre for Economic Performance

Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology and other areas are bound to have ever greater impacts on jobs and the labour market. How will the employment prospects and wages of different types of workers be impacted by these developments? Are jobs going to disappear? 

Join us for a public panel on Technology and the labour market to mark 10 years of Chris Pissarides' Nobel Prize. The panel will be chaired by LSE Director Minouche Shafik. 

Panelists: Chris Pissarides (LSE), Barbara Petrongolo (Oxford University), Rachel Ngai (LSE) and Daniel Susskind (Oxford University).

If you would like to attend this event, please register your interest by emailing In your email, please state your name, affiliation and current status (e.g. 3rd year PhD student).

December 2020


2020 Economica-Coase Lecture



Monday 30 November 2020, 4pm-5pm
Online event

Hosted by Economica and the Department of Economics

Dr. Rohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University. She is a co-editor of American Economic Review: Insights.

Pande’s research is largely focused on how formal and informal institutions shape power relationships and patterns of economic and political advantage in society, particularly in developing countries. She is interested the role of public policy in providing the poor and disadvantaged political and economic power, and how notions of economic justice and human rights can help justify and enable such change.

Further information via LSE Events.

Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECoase

November 2020


Economics Alumni Lecture


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Economics Alumni Lecture *for LSE Economics Alumni only

Tuesday 27 October 2020, 12.00pm-2.00pm
Online event

Speaker: Lord Nicholas Stern
Title: The Economics of Sustainable Growth in an Uncertain World: Urgency, scale, choice
Chair: Professor Steve Pischke
Alumni speaker: Tam Trinh (BSc Economics 2012)
Location: Hosted online via Zoom

Information here

Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford, CH, Kt, FBA, FRS) is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics. He was President of the Royal Economic Society (2018-19) and President of the British Academy (2013- 2017). He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014). He has held academic appointments in the UK at Oxford, Warwick, the LSE and abroad at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique and the Collège de France in Paris, the Indian Statistical Institute in Bangalore and Delhi, and the Peopleʼs University of China in Beijing. He was Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 1994-1999, and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank, 2000-2003.  He was knighted in 2004, made a cross-bench life peer in 2007 and appointed Companion of Honour in 2017 for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change.   

Lord Stern was Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury from 2003-2005; Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa from 2004-2005; Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006; and Head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-2007.  He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group for COP26 of the UNFCCC.

He has published more than 15 books and 100 articles.  His most recent books are “Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change” (MIT Press, 2015) and “How Lives Change. Palanpur, India and Development Economics” (with Himanshu, JNU, and Peter Lanjouw, Free University of Amsterdam) published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

Tam Trinh, BSc Economics 2012
Tam Trinh studied BSc. Economics at the LSE. After graduation, Tam joined PwC as a consultant to work on issues relating to people, organisations and the labor market. During her time there, she went on a secondment to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labor to work on the design and delivery of intensive upskilling and employment programs for the national labor force with Saudi Arabia. She most recently worked as a senior policy and economics advisor at HM Treasury's strategic projects team, where she has worked on a range of issues across government. Tam has been an ambassador at LSE's Widening Participation program and an active mentor both at PwC and HMT's mentoring programs, where she coached students from underprivileged backgrounds to broaden their understanding of educational and career options. Tam is currently continuing her education by undertaking a Masters in International and Development Economics at Yale University and as a Fulbright Scholar. At Yale, she plans to explore the impact of shocks, such as trade and technology shocks, on the labour market, and the economic opportunities and challenges for policy makers.

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