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 is GDP the right goal to guide policymaking?
About Ayeisha Thomas-Smith
Ayeisha is a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Economics with Subtitles and she hosts weekly podcasts for The New Economics Foundation.
The labour market Nye Cominetti, Resolution Foundation
Nye 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 Nye Cominetti
Nye is an analyst at the Resolution Foundation, where his research focuses on the labour market, and specifically on the issue of low pay.
What Goes Up... Financial Market Crashes Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths Teacher, Author & TV Presenter
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. Bobby will 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 now a maths teacher, author of ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers’ and appears on TV as the co-host of the BBC’s Monkman & Seagull Genius Guides and as a quiz expert on the C4 series ‘The Answer Trap’.
Applying behavioural economics to policy and social problems Anna Bird, Principal Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team
Anna will introduce the Behavioural Insights Team and behavioural insights. She 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.
Policies for a greener future Christian Spielmann, University of Bristol
Can government policy combat climate change? Christian will explore policy options governments can use to respond to the dangers of climate change. He will discuss evidence from various countries and particularly draw on examples from Germany’s energy transition.
About Christian Spielmann
Christian Spielmann is a Reader in Economics Education and Deputy Head of Teaching at the Department of Economics and a Senior Associate of the Economics Network.