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.

Schools interested in attending should contact for more information.

2018 Public Lecture

The 2018 Annual Public Lecture will take place on Wednesday 21 November at the Royal Institution in London at 4:30pm and Wednesday 28 November at the University of York at 1:00pm.

Research evidence and policy insights on the challenges of global poverty and development

Professor Oriana Bandiera (LSE)

‘Money’ is the most common word associated with economics – but the subject is about so much more than that. It’s about making a difference to people’s lives by seeking to understand the causes of the things that matter most to them – their livelihoods, their communities, their environment, their opportunities – and by thinking about how to make them better. Nowhere is that more important than among the poorest people in the least developed parts of the world.

This public lecture by Professor Oriana Bandiera, director of the Suntory and Toyota Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines at the London School of Economics, will explore ‘what economists really do’ – particularly their efforts to analyse and advise on policies to fight extreme poverty and promote economic development that can transform people’s lives. She will outline some of the findings of her own research – on providing work for the poorest women in Bangladesh; on promoting vocational training for unemployed youth in Uganda; and on attracting talented community health workers in Zambia.

2017 Public Lecture

The 2017 Annual Public Lecture took place at the Royal Institution, London on Wednesday 22 November and on Wednesday 29 November at the University of Manchester

Economic incentives for criminal behaviour

Professor Stephen Machin, Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, discussed the importance of economic incentives as a determinant of crime, what economists can contribute to our understanding of why people commit crime and what can be done to discourage, detect and apprehend criminals.

Film taken at the London event is now available to view below. This video and more can be viewed on the RES YouTube channel by clicking here

2016 Public Lecture

The 2016 Public Lecture was delivered by Professor Philipp Kircher (University of Edinburgh). Kircher has been described as one of 'the UK's young, inspiring economists'. 

Kircher discussed the topic: "In Search of the Perfect Match- the economics of picking our partners and jobs". Kircher highlights that 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."

Kircher's Lecture can be viewed below: 

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

Page Options