About this day
This inspirational day of economics talks for KS5 students features industry leaders, academics and public servants from the heart of government. In five highly educational sessions these renowned commentators will delve into topics from market forces and failure to the economics of choice.
Programme & speakers
Finance: Instability and crisis George Magnus, Economist and Author
George has occupied a front row seat as events have challenged economies and financial systems around the world, especially since the Great Financial Crisis in 2008. George will explore the role of financial markets in the wider economy and the profound consequences when this market is in crisis.
About George Magnus
George Magnus is widely credited with having identified the trigger points leading to the 2007/08 crisis and with helping us to understand its lingering consequences. He was Chief Economist at UBS. George is well–known and respected as a public commentator on the long–term consequences of the financial crisis.
Economic misperceptions Stephen Davies, Institute of Economics Affairs
Areas where economic misperceptions are rife include the nature of trade and the implications of this for trade policy; the economics of migration and movement and the nature of money and monetary policy. Stephen will explore how we must change the way we teach and think about economics to rid ourselves of these misperceptions.
About Stephen Davies
Dr Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984 and has authored several books.
Secrets of charitable giving Kimberley Scharf, University of Warwick
In an informative and interactive session Kimberley will explore the social and emotional factors that affect our decisions on giving cash to charity. Kimberley will also draw on her own cutting-edge research to explain the relationship between social networks and making economic decisions.
About Kimberley Scharf
Kimberley is a Professor of Economics and Editor-in-Chief of International Tax and Public Finance and an Elected Member of Council of the Royal Economic Society. Her research focuses on charitable giving and how this giving can be influenced by social media.
The labour market Torsten Bell, Resolution Foundation
Torsten will discuss the impact of supply and demand of labour on wages as well as the imperfections of labour market and how leading economists suggest we change it.
About Torsten Bell
Torsten is Director of the Resolution Foundation. Prior to this, he was Director of Policy for the Labour Party and worked in the Treasury, both as a special adviser and a civil servant.
Trust and treachery: Using game theory to beat the competition Thomas Oléron Evans, University College London
We will explore the amazing world of game theory, which provides the tools for tackling questions of competition and collaboration. Find out why politicians are like vampire bats, discover how computers can read your mind and learn how a multi-million dollar art deal all came down to a game of scissors-paper-stone.
About Thomas Oléron Evans
Thomas is a Research Associate in the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London, where he has been working on the ENFOLD-ing project, developing new tools for complexity science and modelling global trade, migration, aid and security, since 2011. In 2015, he completed a PhD in Mathematics, on the subject of individual-based modelling and game theory.