We are delighted to be hosting the following speakers during #RES2022:

Virtual conference keynotes

Professor Serena Ng

Sargan Lecture

Serena Ng is Professor of Economics at Columbia University. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the International Association of Applied Econometrics, and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Nicholas Bloom

Hahn Lecture

Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of SIEPR, and the Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on working from home, management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of the Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the Frisch Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from University College London. On the personal side he is English, living with his Scottish wife and American kids on Stanford campus, in a multi-lingual English household.

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Professor Stefanie Stantcheva

Economic Journal Lecture

Stefanie Stantcheva is a professor of Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on how to improve the tax and transfer system for firms and individuals. She combines theory and empirics to study the effects of taxes and transfers on human capital, capital, migration, and innovation and how to incorporate these effects into our tax models. She also explores what drives people's social preferences, attitudes, and perceptions using large-scale online surveys and experiments.

Since May 2018, she has been a member of the French Council of Economic Advisers (Conseil d'Analyse Economique). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2014 and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows 2014-2016 before joining the Harvard Department of Economics in July 2016.

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Presidents Address

Prof Sir Tim Besley

Past President

Professor Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Commission, Fellow of the Econometric Society and British Academy. He is also a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Monday's Evening Lecture

This live in-person evening event will be streamed into the conference platform from the University of Warwick, for more information visit the universities website.

In-person Hub speakers

University of Reading, UK (11 April)

Professor Barbara Petrongolo

Professor of Economics | University of Oxford

Barbara Petrongolo is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College. She is Fellow of the British Academy, Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme and Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics. She previously held positions at Queen Mary University of London, LSE, the Paris School of Economics and the University of Carlos III. She is currently managing co-editor of the Economic Journal.

Her research interests are in labour economics. She has worked on the performance of labour markets with job search frictions, with applications to unemployment dynamics, welfare policy and interdependencies across local labour markets. Her work also researches the causes of gender inequalities in labour market outcomes, in a historical perspective and across countries, with emphasis on the role of employment selection mechanisms, structural transformation, and interactions within the household.

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Cristiano Cantore

Bank of England

Cristiano Cantore is a Research Advisor at the Bank of England, a Reader in Economics at the University of Surrey, and a Guest Lecturer at the London School of Economics. Cristiano holds an MSc in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kent (UK). Over the years Cristiano has also conducted research for the OECD, the ECB, and the Bank of Spain and was a visiting professor at the University of California San Diego.

Cristiano’s research interests include monetary and fiscal policies, with a particular focus on labour market issues. He has published in these areas in the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and Economics Letters.

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Rain Newton-Smith

Chief Economist | Confederation of British Industry

Rain Newton-Smith is the Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry and a member of its Executive Committee. She leads our economics and international teams, with a focus on economic and tax policy, the transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy and global business leadership. She and her team provide business leaders with advice on the UK economic outlook and global risks, helping to develop the economic policy response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previously, Rain was head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she managed a large team of economists and was the lead expert on China. She provided macroeconomic forecasts and analysis on China's role in the global economy and the development of Asia, helping a range of companies and international financial institutions to expand into new markets and grow their business.

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University of Manchester, UK (12 April)

Professor Oded Galor

Oded is the founder of Unified Growth Theory. He has contributed to the understanding of the process of development over the entire course of human history and the role of deep-rooted factors in the transition from stagnation to growth and in the emergence of the vast inequality across the globe. Moreover, he has pioneered the exploration of the impact of adaptation, population diversity, and inequality on the process of development over most of human existence.

He is the Herbert H. Goldberger Professor of Economics at Brown University. He was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from UC Louvain and from Poznań University of Economics & Business. He is an Elected Foreign Member of Academia Europaea (honoris causa)., and an Elected Fellow of the Econometric Society.

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Ashoka University, India (13 April)

Professor Farzana Afridi

Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi)

Farzana is Professor in the Economics and Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi), Lead Academic of the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) India program and Research Fellow at the IZA (Bonn). Her research interests lie at the intersection of development and labor economics and can be categorized into three broad themes: gender and social identity, human capital and governance.

She is currently leading multiple projects, supported by IWWAGE, that aim to analyse and suggest measures that can loosen the constraints women face in engaging in remunerative economic activities. And is associated with initiatives to build capacity towards research in economics in India – Society for Economics Research in India (SERI) and The Feedback Initiative.

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Lunchtime chats

Monday 11 April

Prof Diane Coyle CBE

Bennett Professor of Public Policy | University of Cambridge

Professor Diane Coyle is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity, and has been a government adviser on economic policy, including throughout the covid-19 pandemic. Her latest book, ‘Markets, State and People – Economics for Public Policy’ examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources.

Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an adviser to the Competition and Markets Authority, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. She has served in public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester.

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Sir Partha Dasgupta

Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics | University of Cambridge

Professor Partha Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His publications include Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment; Economics: A Very Short Introduction; Time and the Generations: population ethics for a diminishing planet; and most recently The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review. Professor Dasgupta is a Founder Member the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, Kathmandu, established in 1999.

He helped to establish the journal Environment and Development Economics, published by Cambridge University Press. Dasgupta was named Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List in 2002 for "services to economics"; was co-winner of the 2002 Volvo Environment Prize; was recipient of the John Kenneth Galbraith Award, 2007, the 2016 Tyler Prize; and the Kew International Medal, Royal Botanical Garden, Kew, 2021.

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Tuesday 12 April

Prof Ashwini Deshpande

Professor of Economics and the Founding Director | Centre for Economic Data and Analysis (CEDA) at Ashoka University, India

Ashwini Deshpande's Ph.D. and early publications have been on the international debt crisis of the 1980s. Subsequently, she has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action, with a focus on caste and gender in India. She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals. She is the author of “Grammar of Caste: economic discrimination in contemporary India"

and “Affirmative Action in India”. She is the editor of several volumes and is currently editing the "Handbook of Economics of Discrimination and Affirmative Action" to be published as a part of the Springer Major Reference Works. She received the EXIM Bank award for outstanding dissertation (now called the IERA Award) in 1994, and the 2007 VKRV Rao Award for Indian economists under 45.

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Justin Yifu LIN

Honorary Dean | Peking University

Justin Yifu LIN is Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development and Honorary Dean of National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. He is the author of more than 30 books including Beating the Odd: Jump-starting Developing Countries, Going beyond Aid, the Quest for Prosperity, New Structural Economics, and Demystifying the Chinese Economy.

He has a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1986. He is Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World. He received honorary doctoral degrees from Universite D’Auvergne, Fordham University, Nottingham University, City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of British Colombia, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Open University of Hong Kong and Macao.

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Professor Leonard Wantchekon

James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Professor of Politics, and international Affairs | Princeton University

Leonard Wantchekon is the Founder and President of the African School of Economics and the Pan African Scientific Research Council. His research centers on political economy, development economics and economic history with regional focus on Africa and on substantive topics such as democracy and development, education and social mobility, and the long-term social impact of slavery and colonial rule.

Wantchekon is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and Research Affiliate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He served as Vice President of the American Political Science Association and is on the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association.

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Prof Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy | Harvard Kennedy School

Dani Rodrik is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. His current research focuses on employment and economic growth, in both developing and advanced economies. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Sciences Research Council.

Professor Rodrik is currently President of the International Economic Association and co-director of the Economics for Inclusive Prosperity network. His newest book is Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy (2017). He is also the author of Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science (2015), The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (2011) and One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007).

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Wednesday 13 April

Professor Noam Yuchtman

Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy and Deputy Head of Department | LSE

Noam Yuchtman joined the LSE as Professor in 2019, having been awarded a British Academy Global Professorship. In addition to his position at LSE, Noam is a co-editor of Economica and serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Economic Studies, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of Economic History. Noam's research is focused on topics in the fields of political economy, economic history, and labor economics. First, the importance of educational content and the structure of educational

institutions in the production of human capital. Second, the political economy of legal institutions: particularly how they affect labor market outcomes and development, and how they are affected by political institutions in which they are embedded. Third, the study of social interactions that shape economic and political behavior. Fourth, the drivers of political ideology and participation in political movements. Finally, the role of the state in promoting economic growth and innovation.

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Professor Dirk Bergemann

Douglass and Marion Campbell Professor of Economics | Yale University

Dirk has secondary appointments as Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Professor of Finance in the School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He joined Yale in 1995 as an assistant professor, having previously served as a faculty member at Princeton University. He is member of Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society.

Dirk was Chair of the Department of Economics from 2013-2019 and Co-Editor of Econometrica from 2014-2018. He is currently a Co-Editor of American Economic Review: Insights, and is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Econometric Society. His research is in the area of game theory, contract theory, venture capital and market design. His most recent work is in the area of dynamic mechanism design and dynamic pricing, robust mechanism design, and information design.

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Stephanie Flanders

Senior Executive Editor for Economics | Bloomberg News

Stephanie Flanders has been Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg News and head of Bloomberg Economics since October 2017. She was previously Chief Market Strategist for Europe at J P Morgan Asset Management in London (2013-17) and both BBC Economics Editor and BBC Newsnight’s Economics Editor (2002-13). She was Senior Advisor and speech writer to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers (1997-2001). She has also been a reporter at the New York Times, the Principal Editor of the

2002 Human Development Report, an editorial-writer and economics columnist at the Financial Times, and an economist at the IFS and London Business School. She was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and Harvard University. In 2016 she was appointed Chair of the Inclusive Growth Commission for the Royal Society of Arts, which delivered its final report in March 2017. She is the Chair of Artichoke, a non-profit arts production company in the UK and a trustee of the Kennedy Memorial Trust.

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