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STICERD brings together world-class academics to put economics and related disciplines at the forefront of research and policy. Founded in 1978 by the renowned Japanese economist Michio Morishima, with donations from Suntory and Toyota, we are a thriving research community within the LSE.

The LSE Suntory and Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines is home to world-class academics at the forefront of research and policy development. Each year, we organise seminars covering such diverse topics as Development and Growth (in collaboration with UCL), Public Economics, Theoretical Economics, Econometrics, Japanese Studies, Economics of Industry, Political Economy., Psychology and Economics and Industrial Economics (with NERA). This year over 100 seminars were held at STICERD on topics ranging from the risks of machine learning, to alcohol and self-control.

We also hold three public lectures in honour of Tony Atkinson, Michio Morishima, and Amartya Sen. This year's Atkinson lecture was delivered by Philippe Aghion to mark his move from Harvard to the LSE. Philippe was welcomed by several colleagues as he spoke on income inequality and innovation. In June, Joe Henrich (Harvard) delivered this year's Morishima Public Lecture, based on his book The Secrets of Our Success, which discusses the benefits of cultural collaboration and how isolated societies can backslide into technological and cultural irrelevance. His lecture attracted a large crowd to the Old Theatre

In the Sen series, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern hosted an In Conversation event for a crowd of 540 people with Professor Sen this November. The topic of discussion was Professor Sen's publication In the Country of First Boys, in which he addresses the most pressing issues we face today, including disparity and inequality.

STICERD continues to provide significant financial support to LSE scholars. During 2015-16, we awarded 15 research grants to members of 10 LSE departments. We also provided funding for the inaugural STICERD Alumni conference and supported the Applied Industrial Economics conference in May. We also support a large and thriving community of 40 PhD students, two of whom (Florian Blum and Guo Xu) have recently been awarded RES Junior Fellowships. Michio Morishima's vision was of an academically rigorous institution, engaged with and committed to the wider world. In the spirit of this vision, we are delighted to welcome Nava Ashraf to STICERD. Nava is Director of Research at the Marshall Institute and will co-direct the Economics & Psychology programme with Erik Eyster.

We are grateful to YES Bank, for supporting the IG Patel Chair, currently held by Professor Stern. Finally, we congratulate Robin Burgess on his appointment as a Fellow of the British Academy, and Camille Landais on his award of the Prix du meilleur jeune économiste(Best young economist prize).

We are proud of our progress and we are looking forward to a successful 2016/2017. We believe, as Robin said on his recent election to the British Academy, that "[n]ever has the process of linking economic research with public policy been more necessary in the interconnected world we inhabit."

Professor Oriana Bandiera
Director of STICERD