Date & time

Late Availability

Thu, 1 Dec 2016
11:00 - 16:00


UCL Institute of Education, London
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL

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About this day

This inspirational day of economics will take your students to the cutting edge in fields from market forces and failure, to the role of the government, to the economics of choice. Five renowned commentators from universities, businesses and the media will delve into the heart of economics. This day also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.

Programme & speakers

How to see into the future Tim Harford, Economist, Journalist and Broadcaster

Tim Harford, FT journalist and author of “The Undercover Economist”, discusses the challenges of economic forecasting. He ranges from the experience of two great economists – Fisher and Keynes – to the latest thinking on forecasting from the IMF and the US intelligence services.

Tim Harford

About Tim Harford

Tim Harford is the author of “The Undercover Economist”, a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less” and “Pop Up Ideas”.

What can Economics tell us about giving to charity? Sarah Smith, University of Bristol

Giving might be seen as beyond the scope of a discipline thought to assume everyone behaves selfishly. In fact there is widespread interest among economists in what motivates people to behave altruistically and in what determines donations to charity. Sarah Smith considers what can be learned about giving from standard – and non-standard – economics models of behaviour.

Sarah Smith

About Professor Sarah Smith

Sarah is a research associate at the IFS and she’s worked at HM Treasury, the FSA and the LSE. Sarah’s focus is the economics of not-for-profit organisations.

When the money runs out Stephen King, Senior Economic Adviser at HSBC

Stephen will look at the impact of the emerging nations on western economic prosperity and what actions governments can take to prevent an economic collapse of the sort that happened in 2008.

Stephen King

About Stephen King

Stephen is Senior Economic Adviser at HSBC Bank plc.  As an author, two of his works have been named as Financial Times ‘books of the year’.

Why do we procrastinate? Judith Shapiro, LSE

Maybe tomorrow…as the deadline approaches for that all important assignment why do we keep putting off getting started? Join Judith to discover how we can use economic game theory too answer the question: Why do we procrastinate?

Judith Shapiro

About Dr Judith Shapiro

Judith returned from serving as Chief of the Transition Economies Section, United Nations Economic Commission
for Europe, Geneva, and then as Professor, Academic-Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Research Centre at Moscow’s
graduate New Economic School, to concentrate on the development of the next generation of economists, undergraduates
in LSE’s Economics Department.