Chair: Professor Robin Burgees
Discussant: Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

Economic growth depends critically on access to reliable energy. However, in much of the world, access to energy remains low and supply is often unreliable.  At the same time, the world’s energy choices are leading to levels of pollution that are substantially shortening people’s lives and causing climate change. The energy and growth challenge requires identifying solutions to these problems of access to inexpensive and reliable energy, while limiting environmental damage and guarding against disruptive climate change.

In this public lecture hosted by the International Growth Centre, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and LSE Department of Economics, Michael Greenstone will explore the key energy trends, especially in developing countries, and outline solutions to the energy and growth challenge that determines the well-being of the billions of people around the planet.

Michael Greenstone is a Research Programme Director for the IGC’s energy research programme. He is the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago.

Robin Burgess is the Director of the IGC, a Professor of Economics at LSE, and Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme at LSE.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries, please contact

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