Public Lecture

This initiative by the RES aims to bring the best communicators in the economics profession into contact with a wide public and to show the importance of top-quality economic research.
The RES Annual Public Lecture’s purpose is to demonstrate to students at Sixth Form Colleges and Schools that the subject of economics is as exciting as ever.  Aimed principally at sixth form students of Economics but of interest to all, the Annual Public Lectures have become an established part of the senior school calendar as well as open to the general public. You can watch or download most of the lectures from the links below.

2016 Public Lecture

"In Search of the Perfect Match- the economics of picking our partners and jobs" will be given by one of the UK's  young inspiring economists, Professor Philipp Kircher of the University of Edinburgh. It will be held at the Royal Institution London on 29th November 2016 and 30th November 2016 at the University of Manchester.

Economists have long acknowledged that it takes time to find the right partner. But how can we think about this process? For example, how do employers and employees find each other? Do firms randomly meet workers? Or do they compete for workers? And, what is the difference? "Finding the right match is important in the labour market - but also in the 'marriage market'. While economics might not always know whom businesses and people desire most, it offers valuable lessons on whom they will eventually be able to get. And while discussion of labour markets typically focuses on unemployment, an important new question has emerged about how many people are in the ‘wrong’ job - jobs that either use too few of their skills or require too much."    In fact new developments like matching markets, the topic that Professor Kircher will talk on in 2016, will deliver new insights, making it relevant to both AS/A level Economics students, but also to those students specialising in other areas such as Mathematics.

School Groups are limited to 15 tickets per booking. For groups requiring more than 15 tickets contact


Click here to book tickets to the Public Lecture in London on 29th November.

Click here to book tickets for the Public Lecture in Manchester on 30 November.

Remaining Individual tickets will be available on 1st October

Live Streaming of the RES Public Lecture

The RES will continue to add to its resource library by filming and live streaming this event to allow those who cannot attend to watch and take part as an online audience.

Click here to register for the live broadcast.

Previous Public Lectures

Watch previous Public Lectures here:

2015 Annual Public Lecture - Professor Rachel Griffith, CBE, FBA
2014 Annual Public Lecture - Stephanie Flanders (economics journalist & JP Morgan)
2013 Annual Public Lecture - Tim Harford, author and FT journalist
2012 Annual Public Lecture - Professor Chris Pissarides, London School of Economics.Watch Pissarides lecture
2011 Annual Public Lecture - Robert Chote, Chair of the Office of Budget Responsibility
2010 Annual Public Lecture - Professor John Van Reenen
2009 Annual Public Lecture - Sir Partha Dasgupta
2008 Annual Public Lecture - Professor Timothy Besley
2007 Annual Public Lecture - Lord Stern
2006 Annual Public Lecture - Professor Paul Collier
2005 Annual Public Lecture - Professor Paul Seabright Edinburgh, London
2004 Annual Public Lecture - Professor Carol Propper
2003 Annual Public Lecture - Professor John Vickers
2002 Annual Public Lecture - Professor Nick Crafts
2001 Annual Public Lecture - Professor John Sutton

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