Upcoming Events

4th December 

The Clash of the Titans

Kindly Supported by PWC

 Monday 4th December 2017

PWC Seminar Room, One Embankment Place, WC2N 6RH

Book your ticket here.

In association with PWC, the Economic Research Council is running its seventh annual Clash of the Titans economic forecasting event, which brings together three thought-leaders in economics each representing one of the three strongest economics departments in the UK. 

The winners of this year's competition from our professional forecasters as well as the public will be announced. Attendees are invited to enter the forecasting competition at the event.

Representing Cambridge

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist, Institute of Economic Affairs

Representing Oxford

Professor Patrick Minford, Cardiff Business School

Representing LSE

Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Adviser, PwC

and hosted by

Dr Linda Yueh,

Author of 'The Great Economists: The Thinkers who Changed the World and How their Ideas can Help us today'



28th February 2018

Dame Minouche Shafik

Director, London School of Economics

28th February 2018: Dame Minouche Shafik, Director, LSE

Dame Minouche will be Director of the London School of Economics from September 2017. She was Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking at the Bank of England, where she had responsibility for the Bank’s balance sheet and its interaction with financial markets. She is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, the Financial Policy Committee and the Board of the Prudential Regulation Authority. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from 2011-2014 where she was responsible for policy and programmes in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that she was Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development. She has held academic appointments at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Economics Department at Georgetown University and published on a variety of economic topics.

Royal Overseas League, St James's Street, SW1A 1LR. 6.30pm - 8pm.

Non-members can book Early Bird tickets here for £15 (£10 for students).  Members can reserve their free place here.

28th March

'Rethinking the Economics

of Land and Housing'

with Josh Ryan-Collins

and Laurie MacFarlane

28th March: Josh Ryan-Collins, University College London and Laurie MacFarlan, New Economics Foundation

Josh Ryan-Collins is Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL. Laurie MacFarlane is the Economics Editor of opendemocracyUK. Together they will be discussing their book, 'Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing', described by the Financial Times as “a lucid exposition of the dysfunctional British housing market”..

Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn’t land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land?

In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

Royal Overseas League, St James's Street, SW1A 1LR. 6.30pm - 8pm.

Non-members can book Early Bird tickets here for £15 (£10 for students).  Members can reserve their free place here.


24th April

'Platform Capitalism'

with Nick Srnicek

24th April: Nick Srnicek, Kings College London

Nick Srnicek is currently a faculty member at King's College London and author of 'Platform Capitlism'. 

What unites Google and Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, Siemens and GE, Uber and Airbnb? Across a wide range  of sectors, these firms  are transforming themselves into platforms: businesses that provide the hardware and software foundation for others to operate on. This transformation signals a major shift in how capitalist firms operate and how they interact with the rest of the economy: the emergence of  ‘platform capitalism’.

Nick Srnicek critically examines these new business forms, tracing their genesis from the long downturn of the 1970s  to the boom and bust of the 1990s and the aftershocks of the 2008 crisis. He will show how the foundations of the economy are rapidly being carved up among a small number of monopolistic platforms, and how the platform introduces new tendencies within capitalism that pose significant challenges to any vision of a post-capitalist future. This book will be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the most powerful tech companies of our time are transforming the global economy.

Royal Overseas League, St James's Street, SW1A 1LR. 6.30pm - 8pm.

Non-members can book Early Bird tickets here for £15 (£10 for students).  Members can reserve their free place here.