About this day
This inspirational day of economics talks for KS5 students will feature industry leaders, academics and public servants. In five highly educational sessions these renowned commentators will delve into a diverse range of KS5 topics. A special session on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed, and each student will receive a handy revision guide to take home.
Programme & speakers
Is the UK economy really growing? Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, Broadcaster
What are the origins of GDP as a means of measuring economic growth? How do the economic indicators we choose shape the way we think about the world? And in a rapidly changing economy, is GDP the right goal to guide policymaking in the 21st century, and if not, what other objectives might replace it?
About Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
Ayeisha is a presenter on radio 4’s Economics with subtitles and she hosts weekly podcasts for The New Economics Foundation.
The labour market The Resolution Foundation
We will discuss the impact of supply and demand of labour on wages as well as the imperfections of the labour market and how leading economists suggest we change it.
About The Resolution Foundation
The Resolution Foundation is an award-winning independent think-tank focused on improving the living standards for those on low to middle incomes.
What Goes Up... Financial Market Crashes Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths teacher and Doctorate candidate
Having been a trader at Lehman Brothers, Bobby witnessed first-hand what it was like to be at the heart of a global financial crisis when Lehman collapsed on 15 September 2008. In unpicking the key features of financial market failures, Bobby will share his experience of a crash and discuss why humanity seems to repeat market bubbles, speculation, crashes and crises.
About Bobby Seagull
Bobby was an investment banking trader, chartered accountant, social entrepreneur and a semi-finalist captain on University Challenge. He is an author, TV presenter and now teaches Maths.
Applying behavioural economics to policy and social problems Anna Bird, Behavioural Insights Team
Anna will introduce the Behavioural Insights Team and behavioural insights including their EAST framework for applying behavioural science to policy problems. Anna will explore examples of behavioural economics in practice and how behavioural science can help governments, businesses, schools and students.
About Anna Bird
Anna oversees education projects at the Behavioural Insights Team – a social purpose company that began life in no. 10 and exists to apply behavioural economics to policy issues.