Lent and Easter 2017
Behavioural economics: policy-makers and post-truth Prof Michelle Baddeley
Professor Baddeley will speak on the field of behavioural economics. She will draw on her own recent research in public policy to examine the relationships between experts and policy-makers. Discussing ideas such as groupthink and herding she will explore current concerns on “post-truth” politics.
This lecture was recorded on 24th January 2017 at Mill Lane Lecture Site, University of Cambridge.
Is your Economics degree worthless? Dr Ha-Joon Chang, Marco Schneebalg, Prof Margaret Stevens and Cahal Moran
Dr Ha-Joon Chang is an institutional economist specialising in development economics. Currently a reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge, Chang is also the author of several widely discussed books, most notably ‘Economics: The User’s Guide’, and ’21 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism’. Marco Schneebalg is one of the founding members of CSEP, and currently works at the Bank of England. Professor Margaret Stevens (Oxford University) is a member of the steering group for the CORE project - a revolutionary network updating the existing economics curriculum in light of recent developments in economics, creating new content collaboratively with policy makers and making it available online. Cahal Moran is a founding member of the trailblazing Manchester University society ‘Post-Crash Economics’ and has co-authored ‘The Econocracy’ – dubbed by Lord Robert Skidelsky as a ‘rousing wake-up call to the economics profession’.
What is the case for free trade in the 21st century? Dr. Steve Davies
All too often free trade is presented as an unchanging policy prescription, suitable everywhere and always without much modification. The reality is that even the strongest supporters of free trade must shape their policy to the politics and economics of the time. Today, challenges are mounting against many aspects of globalisation in both developed economies and developing economies and it seems free trade in particular must defend its case for the 21st century.
To that end, we are glad to be joined by Dr Steve Davies who is the Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia and senior lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
A long-time supporter of free trade, Dr Davies will outline how 20th century institutions and approaches to trade must be updated for the coming decades. This event offers the chance to hear and challenge the case for free trade as it is understood by those who believe it most strongly.
This lecture was recorded on 22nd February 2017 at Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, University of Cambridge.