Date & time

Wed, 6 Nov 2024
10:00 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

Ticket price

£24 + VAT @20%* *Plus one complimentary staff ticket per ten students

About this day

Welcome to our Economics in Action day!

Get ready for an electrifying day of economic exploration with some of the brightest minds in the industry! This action-packed programme is specifically designed for A-level and IB students who are passionate about Economics and eager to expand their knowledge. Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders, academics, and public servants in five captivating and highly educational sessions. With their expert insights and real-world experience, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and a deeper understanding of a wide range of KS5 topics. Plus, in a special session on examination success, you’ll learn the insider tips and tricks to ace your exams and take home a handy revision guide to help you study. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from the best and take your economic knowledge to the next level!

Programme & speakers

Rocks and Hard Places: the Economic Choices Facing the Next Government Stephen Davies, Institute of Economics Affairs

The next government, and indeed the one after that, will be facing a very difficult set of challenges, which will require both tough choices and radically new thinking, in a way that cuts across the divisions we have become familiar with since the 1970s. In macroeconomic terms the UK faces many of the challenges of a developing country, not a rich one. How to address and resolve these?

Stephen Davies

About Dr 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.

Are We 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 policy making in the 21st century, and if not, what other objectives might replace it?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith

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.

International comparisons of productivity and why they matter Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)

In this talk, Vicky Pryce will discuss international comparisons of productivity, why they matter, where the UK is lagging behind and where it excels. She will also examine the role of business, regulators and the public sector in improving performance.

Vicky Pryce

About Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and a Visiting Professor at BCU and King’s College, London. She was previously Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Her recent books include “It’s the Economy, Stupid– Economics for Voters”, “Redesigning Manufacturing”, and  ‘How to be a Successful Economist”.

The Rise of Rentier Power Beth Stratford, Political economist

Uncover the immense influence of gatekeepers, monopolists, landowners, and financiers. Discover how their consolidated power drives inequality, stifles innovation, and drives inefficient use of our precious natural resources. Together, we will explore strategies to tackle rentier power, to create a fairer, more resilient and sustainable society.

Beth Stratford

About Beth Stratford

Beth Stratford is a political economist specializing in the relationship between ecological crisis and rentier power. She has advised the Labour Party on housing policy and environmental tax reform. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL, and an advisor to Positive Money and the Social Guarantee.