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6  Jun  2018  

STICERD Morishima lecture: Public Policy and Retirement Security: A Trans-Atlantic Perspective

James Poterba (Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT and the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research)

Wednesday 6th June, 18.00

Venue: 32L 1.04

Chair: Tim Besley

Retirement pension plans are a major challenge in countries with ageing populations. James Poterba will discuss how their design evolved over the last decades and how the US and UK followed strikingly different paths.

James Poterba is the Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT and the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as President of the Eastern Economic Association and the National Tax Association, as vice president of the American Economic Association, and as a director of the American Finance Association. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. He has also served as a member of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform in 2005.

Dr Poterba's research focuses on how taxation affects the economic decisions of households and firms, particularly those involving saving and portfolio behaviour. His recent research has analysed the determinants of retirement saving, the draw-down of assets after households reach retirement, and the role of tax-deferred retirement saving programs such as 401(k) plans in contributing to retirement security.

As space is limited, to reserve a place, please email

4  Jun  2018  

The best of centuries or the worst of centuries? Leadership, governance and cohesion in an interdependent world

Nicholas Stern (India Observatory and LSE)

Monday 4th June 2018, 6pm to 8pm,
Auditorium, Bush House, King's College London

The Eighth Fulbright Legacy Lecture Series will be given by Lord Stern of Brentford.

The world has changed dramatically in the last three decades. We have seen the rise of China and emerging market economies redraw the international division of labour and the balance of economic power, and the global commons have come under intense pressure. The international economic order, which William Fulbright helped to build after the second world war, served fairly well for much of the second half of the last century. It must be re-cast for our increasingly interdependent world if we are to avoid the grave risks we face, including climate change, pandemics and conflict. If we do, and this will require both leadership and collaboration, we could create a very attractive future, the best of centuries. If not, the destruction which could follow, could take us to the worst of centuries.

In collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Fulbright Association presents the annual Fulbright Legacy Lecture Series featuring prominent speakers in international relations.

This event is free but registration through Eventbrite is required to attend. Please click on the link below to register.

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For further information please contact or call 020 7955 7615.

4  Jun  2018 -
5  Jun  2018

Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar

Various Speakers 

This event will take place over 4 -5 June 2018.

Income inequality has increased in both the U.S. and the U.K. in the last three decades, generating new interest in the factors that contribute to inequality and the consequences of policies that might affect it.

To provide new insights on the broad topic of inequality and public policy, The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and STICERD have co-sponsored the 2018 Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar at the LSE.

Organizers: Hilary W. Hoynes, Camille Landais, and Johannes Spinnewijn.

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29  May  2018  

Governance and governed: multi-country perspectives on state, society and development

Ruth Kattumuri (LSE India Observatory)

Tuesday 29th May 2018, 12pm to 2pm, University of Portsmouth

Dr Ruth Kattumuri is an editor of the book 'Governance and governed: multi-country perspectives on state, society and development' which she will discuss.

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For further information please contact or call 020 7955 7615.


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