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Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 18:30 - 20:30

Fifth Annual Clash of the Titans
Oxford vs. Cambridge vs. LSE
Economic Predictions for 2016

Supported by PwC


Eventbrite - Wednesday 2nd December, Clash of the Titans V: Cambridge vs Oxford vs LSE


The Economic Research Council is proud to announce that the fifth annual Clash of the Titans economic forecasting event will be held on Wednesday 2nd December at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and will once again be kindly supported by PwC.

The Clash of the Titans events feature academics and notable alumni from the top three economics departments in the country (Oxford, Cambridge, and LSE) giving their forecasts for what will happen to the UK economy in 2016.  We track their performance over the course of the following year, and we'll announce the winner at next year's Clash.  You can see the performance of last year's Titans, as well as members of the general public, by clicking here, and there is a list of all the previous winners here.

Representing LSE this year will be Rain Newton-Smith, Director of Economics at the CBI (and LSE economics graduate); representing Cambridge will be Dr Sean Holly, Director of Research in their Faculty of Economics; and representing Oxford will be Jonathan Portes, former Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and an Oxford graduate. This year's event will once again by chaired by Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Adviser to PwC and former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, and promises to be another entertaining and informative evening.

Tickets for the event cost £20 each, while tickets for students are available for just £10 each.  This year, we are once again offering a ticket to the exclusive post-event VIP drinks reception for an additional £5 per head.  The pre-event reception (from 6.30) remains free for everyone to enjoy a complimentary drink before the talks start.

To book your tickets, please click here.

Representing LSE, Rain Newton-Smith

Rain Newton-Smith is the Director of Economics at the Confederation of British Industry, and is an alumnus of LSE, where she studied for a MSc in Economics. 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. Prior to that, Rain worked on the international forecast for the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England and also led a team with responsibility for developing a risk assessment framework for the UK financial system. While at the Bank, she also went on secondment to the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. where she was adviser to the UK executive director. In 2010, Rain was selected as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35. Rain was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a Young Global Leader. 

Representing Cambridge, Dr Sean Holly

Dr Sean Holly is Executive Director of Research in the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University, and Vice Master and a Professorial Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. His research interests include macroeconomic modelling, optimal policy formulation, the business cycle from the cross section, business failure and macroeconomic volatility. Sean has been involved in several industry projects including forecasting of variables for the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the European Commission. He is also a Non-executive Director of Timberlake Consultants.

Representing Oxford, Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes was Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research from 2011 until October 2015, and is an alumnus of Oxford University where he completed a BA in Mathematics. His expertise covers a wide range of economic policy issues, and he is a frequent commentator in the press (Financial Times, Guardian, etc.) and on television and radio. Previously, he was Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office, where he advised the Cabinet Secretary and Number 10 Downing Street on economic and financial issues; and prior to that he was Chief Economist at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Tickets: ERC Members

Economic Research Council members get free entry to all ERC events.  If you are a member, please click here to reserve your place.  Please note that unfortunately, the VIP drinks reception after the event will not be free for ERC members - if you would like to attend, please purchase a VIP drinks reception ticket for £5.

If you are not a member, but are interested in joining, please click here for more information.

Tickets: Non-Members

If you are not a member, you can purchase a ticket for this event by clicking here.  Tickets are currently on sale for £20, and Student Tickets are available for £10.

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Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS


Wednesday 2nd December 2015

6.30pm: Drinks and Networking

7pm: Event Starts

8.30pm: Event Ends

8.30pm: VIP drinks reception starts

9pm: VIP drinks reception ends