How can economics be better communicated and discussed?

15 Apr 2019 06:00PM - 07:15PM
RES events

The study of economics provides valuable knowledge into our society. Yet it is often referred to as the “dismal science” and criticised for its reliance on mathematical models and predictions.


This public debate will consider how public engagement in economics can be encouraged to help to build a better understanding of our world. It will discuss how economics is taught and studied and how Economists engage and communicate.


Chair: Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

RES President and IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. Lord Stern is President of the Royal Economic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society and served as head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and was head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-2007.

Dr Arun Advani

Assistant Professor, University of Warwick

Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick, Deputy Director (Impact) at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Professor Wendy Carlin

Professor of Economics, University College London

Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Wendy is leading an international project – the CORE project – to reform the undergraduate economics curriculum.

Professor Rachel Griffith

RES President Elect and Professor of Economics, Manchester

Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the British Academy and Econometric Society. Rachel is Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), an independent research institute with the principal aim of better informing public debate on economics in order to promote the development of effective fiscal policy.

Martin Wolf

Chief Economist, Financial Times

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. Martin was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011.


RES Presents is our series of early evening events on topical issues open to the public. It offers the opportunity to engage in an in-depth informative discussion and provides a platform to show how economics can provide insight into public policy.

Each meeting will feature a panel of speakers plus a chair, with opening remarks from each speaker and then a general discussion and plenty of Q&A.