Upcoming Events

What was the cause of the Great Recession: Bankers or Policy-Makers?—Lord Lamont and Prof. Tim Congdon

23rd January 2018

Tim Congdon

Tim Congdon

Prof. Tim Congdon is the editor of the recently published “Money and the Great Recession – did a crash in global money growth cause the global slump?” in association with the Institute of Economic Affairs. Lord Lamont wrote the foreword and will be introducing Professor Congdon’s talk.

Banks and free markets are still held entirely culpable for the financial crisis despite evidence pointing in other directions. This book examines the role that monetary policy operated by central banks played in the great recession. Edited by Professor Tim Congdon, the authors of the book use their experience to marry theory and practice, demonstrating their understanding of the real underlying causes of the slump following the financial crisis. Parallels are drawn with central bankers’ similar mistakes in the Great Depression in the US.
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.

Dame Minouche Shafik, Director, London School of Economics

28th February 2018

Dame Minouche Shafik

Dame Minouche Shafik

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.

‘Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing’ with Josh Ryan-Collins and Laurie MacFarlane

28th March 2018

Josh Ryan-Collins

Josh Ryan-Collins

Laurie Macfarlane

Laurie Macfarlane

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.

‘Platform Capitalism’ with Nick Srnicek

24th April 2018

Nick Srnicek

Nick Srnicek

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.

Shanker Singham, Special Trade Commissioner at Legatum Institute

22nd May 2018

Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham leads the Legatum Institute’s work on the Economics of Prosperity and is Chairman of their Special Trade Commission. He is a leading expert on international trade, and a regular commentator on the UK’s future trade relationships after Brexit. He has advised governments and companies around the world on trade initiatives, including the accession of Poland and Hungary to the EU and of China and Russia to the WTO. Shanker has served as a trade advisor to the United States government and to a host of US political candidates, including working with Mitt Romney on his 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, he was head of market access at Squire Sanders and Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global. He is the author of A General Theory of Trade and Competition: Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets (Cameron May Publishing, 2007) and a Bretton Woods Committee member.

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.

‘Egalitarian Capitalism’ with Gavin Oldham

11th September 2018

Gavin Oldham

Gavin Oldham

Gavin Oldham is the founder of The Share Centre, having previously established Barclayshare (now Barclays Stockbrokers) for Barclays Bank. Gavin plays an active role in business affairs and is a regular contributor to radio and TV. He received the Editor’s award for services to private investors from the FT/investors Chronicle in 2013. In 2005 he founded The Share Foundation and in 2014 founded Share Radio Limited. He is managing director of both those organisations and also an elective lay member of the General Synod, a Church Commissioner and a member of its Assets Committee.

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.