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Clash of the Titans IV

Supported by PwC



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On Thursday 18th December 2014, the Economic Research Council is proud to be hosting our fourth annual economic forecasting event, the "Clash of the Titans", supported by PwC.  We will once again be inviting three top economists representing the top three economics universities in the country to the Royal Institution (21 Albemarle Street, London), where they will each give their forecasts on how the UK economy will perform in 2015. 

Representing the three universities this year will be Michael McMahon (Centre for Macroeconomics at LSE, and Associate Professor of Economics at Warwick University), Kate Barker (former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee and Oxford graduate), and John Llewellyn (founder of Llewellyn Consulting, formerly at Lehman Brothers and the OECD, and spent ten years at Cambridge University).  

As we have in previous years, we will be tracking and commenting on their predictions over the course of the year to see who was closest to reality.  We also want to hear from members of the public: our public competition opens on the 1st December, but in the meantime you can register your interest by clicking here.

Tickets for the event are currently available for £20, but the price will go up to £25 (for Last-Minute Tickets) on 5th December.  Student tickets are available for full-time students for just £10.

This year, we are also 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 Oxford, Kate Barker

Kate Barker is a Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse. She is also a non-executive director of Electra Private Equity plc, Taylor Wimpey plc and the Yorkshire Building Society. She had recently been appointed as chairman of trustees for the British Coal Staff Superannuation Fund, is chair of the Society of Business Economists and a non-executive board member at the Office for Budget Responsibility. Kate was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) from 2001 until May 2010. During this period, she led two major policy reviews for Government, on housing supply – published in 2004, and on land use planning, published in 2006. She has just published a short book: ‘Housing: Where’s the Plan?’ Kate graduated from St Hilda's College, Oxford.

Representing Cambridge, John Llewellyn

John Llewellyn was Global Chief Economist and then Senior Economic Policy Advisor at Lehman Brothers before co-founding Llewellyn Consulting. This followed almost twenty years at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where variously he was Head of International Forecasting and Policy Analysis, editor of the OECD Economic Outlook, Deputy Director for Social Affairs, Manpower and Education, and finally Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General. Prior to that he spent nearly ten years at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge, and he was also a Fellow of St. John’s College. In 1974 he was appointed Assistant Director of Research in the Faculty of Economics. 

Representing LSE, Michael McMahon

Michael McMahon is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. He previously taught at Stanford University, INSEAD, New York University, London Business School, Chicago GSB, and the London School of Economics (LSE). He has also worked for the Bank of England as a euro-area economist, with spells at the European Central Bank and the Central Bank of Ireland. He is a research affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Centre for Macroeconomics at LSE, the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, CAGE at Warwick and the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at Australia National University. He is on the advisory Committee of the Money-Macro-Finance research group. He was formerly an advisory board member to the UK Higher Education Academy's Economics Network. In 2011 he gave a TED talk on the challenges of both research and teaching at university. He holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, and an MSc, MRes, and PhD from the London School of Economics.

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


Thursday 18th December 2014

6.30pm: Drinks and Networking

7pm: Event Starts

8.30pm: Event Ends

8.30pm: VIP drinks reception starts

9pm: VIP drinks reception ends