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.
In the last year, we organised nearly 120 seminars, making us one of the most prolific and active centres at the LSE. They focus on a variety of topics including: Development and Growth, Public Economics, Psychology and Economics, Theoretical Economics, Econometrics, Japanese Studies, Economics of Industry and Political Economy.
We also ran a number of high-profile public lectures, including the newly established Atkinson Lecture, in honour of Professor Anthony Atkinson, STICERD's second director after Michio Morishima. The aim of this annual lecture is to invite world-leading researchers, who have made transformative contributions to their field, to present their work to the entire department. This is a unique occasion for the whole faculty to get together crossing field boundaries. In October 2014, Roland Benabou gave the first Atkinson lecture on 'The Economics of Beliefs and Misbeliefs' to a full house.
In March 2015, we hosted the Amartya Sen Lecture, an annual event aimed at furthering discussion of ideas arising from Professor Sen's work. This year's speaker was Professor Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank.
Last May (2015), Sendhil Mullainathan from Harvard University delivered a fascinating public lecture on his research on scarcity. His talk was part of our Morishima Lecture series in which we invite acclaimed academics to talk about their pioneering research on topics that are relevant to the wider public. The podcast of his lecture has been downloaded more than 27,000 times in the last 5 months.
STICERD has been lucky to host many distinguished visitors from all over the world. In the last year, we had visits by 25 academics including Pranab Bardhan (UC Berkeley), Torsten Persson (IIES) and the 2007 Nobel Prize winner Roger Myerson (University of Chicago).
Finally, we would like to congratulate Professor Anthony Atkinson on the EIB Outstanding Contribution Award for his work on inequality; Professor Timothy Besley, who is a former director of STICERD, on being appointed the first Sir Arthur Lewis Chair in Development Economics; and Professor Nicholas Stern on being elected Member of the American Philosophical Society and the winner of the 2015 Joseph A Schumpeter Award for his work on the economics of climate change.
Looking back, I think it has been an exciting year and I look forward to continue working with everyone at STICERD towards a fantastic 2015-2016.
Professor Oriana Bandiera
Director of STICERD