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17  Jun  2020  

STICERD Morishima Lecture: Good Economics for Hard Times


Can Economics be harnessed for the common good? Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s bestselling book “Good Economics for Hard Times” makes the case for how economics can help us solve the toughest problems in some of the poorest places in the world. Based on a body of work that was awarded the Nobel in economics sciences, the book offers hope and practical solutions for a world without poverty.

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10  Mar  2020  

LSE Presents The People Vs Social Sciences


In the form of a mock trial, presided over by a ‘judge,’ the prosecution will argue the case on behalf of the people, while the professors will defend their science. The jury (the live audience) will also have the opportunity to question witnesses. The trial will decide whether the social sciences, as an area of research, commentary and investigation has failed society.

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19  Sep  2019  

CEPR, STICERD, Marshall Institute and Rustandy Center Joint Conference


The London School of Economics (STICERD and Marshall Institute), the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Rustandy Center) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) invite you to the joint conference on: Economics of Social Sector Organisations (ESSO), Entrepreneurship Economics (ENT), Incentives, Management and Organisation (IMO) on 19-20 September 2019

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8  May  2019  

STICERD Morishima Lecture: The Meritocracy Trap

Daniel Markovits (Yale Law School)

Merit is not a genuine excellence but rather a pretence, constructed to rationalise an offensive distribution of advantage. Merit, in short, is a sham.

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13  Mar  2019  

Amartya Sen Lecture: Foundations of State Effectiveness

Tim Besley (EOPP, LSE)

An effective state promotes freedom and the well-being of its citizens. This lecture will discuss the importance of norms, values and institutions in supporting state effectiveness drawing on recent developments in social science. As well as making connections to Amartya Sen’s ideas, the lecture will reflect on some of the major policy challenges that the world faces in the turbulent times that we are living through.

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14  Feb  2019  

Netflix for Agriculture? Digital Technology for Development

Michael Kremer (Harvard University)

This event is a Kapuscinski Lecture (@kapulectures). Michael Kremer is Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Kremer’s recent research examines education, health, water, and agriculture in developing countries. He has been named as one of Scientific American’s 50 researchers of the year, and has won awards for his work on health economics, agricultural economics, and on Latin America. Oriana Bandiera (@orianabandiera), who will be chairing the event, is Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics and Director of STICERD, LSE.

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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 -
5  Jun  2018

Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar


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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13  Nov  2017  

STICERD Atkinson Lecture - Media and behaviour change: unpacking social effects

Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University)

In this lecture Eliana La Ferrara presented some recent research done in collaboration with Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) and Victor Orozco (World Bank). The authors test the effectiveness of an entertainment education TV series, MTV Shuga, aimed at providing information and changing attitudes and behaviors related to HIV/AIDS. Using a simple model they show that “edutainment” can work through an “individual” or a “social” channel. They conducted a randomized controlled trial in urban Nigeria where young viewers were exposed to MTV Shuga or to a placebo TV series. Among those exposed to MTV Shuga, additional variation was created in the `social messages' they received and in the people with whom they watched the show. The authors find significant improvements in knowledge and attitudes towards HIV and risky sexual behavior. Treated subjects are twice as likely to get tested for HIV eight months after the intervention. They also find reductions in STDs among women. These effects are stronger for viewers who report being more involved in the narrative, consistent with the psychological underpinnings of edutainment. The experimental manipulations of the social norm component did not produce significantly different results from the main treatment. The “individual” effect of edutainment thus seems to have prevailed in the context of the study. Eliana La Ferrara is Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, Milan. Her research is in the field of development economics, with a particular focus on the role of ethnicity, social norms and institutions.

15  Jun  2017  

STICERD Morishima lecture: Market Places and Market Design

Alvin Roth (Stanford)

Nobel laureate Alvin Roth will deliver this year’s Morishima Lecture on the topics of game theory, market design and experimental economics. Alvin Roth is the Craig and Susan Shaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Sciences jointly with Lloyd Shapley, for their work on the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design.

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9  Jun  2017  

PODER Final Conference and CEPR Annual Symposium on Development Economics


The CEPR annual symposium of the Development Economics Programme will be hosted by STICERD, London School of Economics on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June, 2017. The meeting will be held jointly with the Policy Design and Evaluation Research in Developing Countries (PODER), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the International Growth Centre (IGC)

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17  Jan  2017  

Amartya Sen Lecture: Religious Intolerance and its Impact on Democracy

Asma Jilani Jahangir (Human Rights lawyer and social activist, co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan)

In this special event Asma Jilani Jahangir will focus on how government failure to address the questions of religious intolerance and free expression dilutes the principles of democracy, equality and justice, particularly for women and religious minorities. Religious intolerance gives rise to religious militancy, which further undermines democratic principles as national security measures come into play. In the process of combating religious tensions, the challenge today is to protect democratic principles and values rather than dilute them

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16  Dec  2016  

CEPR Public Economics Conference on 'New perspectives on consumption measures'


Hosted By: London School of Economics; Sponsored By: Economics Research Center (ERC) Organizers: Richard William Blundell, Camille Landais, Magne Mogstad and Johannes Spinnewijn. The recent efforts to exploit new administrative data and explore new methods to measure consumption and consumption responses are contributing to an extremely active and fruitful area of research, opening new and interesting perspectives in various fields in economics, from labour to public economics, from household finance to macroeconomics. We are organising a conference dedicated to "New perspectives on consumption measures".

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28  Nov  2016  

STICERD Atkinson Lecture- Midlife morbidity and mortality in Europe and America: Why has the US left the herd?

Anne C. Case (Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, Princeton University)

After a century of nearly uninterrupted progress, all-cause mortality rates among white men and women in middle age stopped falling in the US, in the late 1990s, and began to rise. While midlife mortality continued to fall in other rich countries, and in other racial and ethnic groups in the US, white non-Hispanic mortality rates increased from 1999 through 2014. Mortality from the two biggest killers in middle age – cancer and heart disease – declined between 2000 and 2014, but were offset by marked increases in drug overdoses, suicides, and alcohol-related liver mortality. Increased mortality in midlife, led by these “deaths of despair,” is now large enough to offset mortality gains observed for children and the elderly, leading to the first decline in life expectancy among whites observed in several decades. Mortality increases for whites in midlife are mirrored by reported deterioration in health and mental health, and increased reports of chronic pain. Many theories have been put forward to explain this turnaround, and its roots in deaths of despair. In this paper, we examine economic, cultural and social explanations for this decline, using current and historical data from the US and Europe. We discuss hypotheses that could potentially explain the increased deaths of despair that we observe in the data, and compare outcomes predicted by these hypotheses to the spatial, temporal and demographic characteristics of this quietly unfolding epidemic.

22  Jun  2016  

STICERD Morishima lecture: The Secret of Our Success

Joe Henrich (Harvard University)

The ability of human groups to socially interconnect and learn from one another has allowed us to create ingenious technologies, sophisticated languages, and complex institutions that have enabled successful expansion into myriad environments. Drawing insights from lost European explorers, clever chimpanzees, mobile hunter-gatherers, neuroscience, ancient bones, and the human genome, Joseph Henrich, author of The Secret of Our Success, will discuss how our collective intelligence has propelled our species’ evolution. Dr. Henrich is a professor at Harvard University in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology

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26  Nov  2015  

Atkinson Lecture

Philippe Aghion (Harvard)

Professor Philippe Aghion's main research work is on growth and contract theory. With Peter Howitt, he developed the so-called Schumpeterian Paradigm, and extended the paradigm in several directions; much of the resulting work is summarised in his joint book with Howitt entitled "Endogenous Growth Theory". He is Centennial Professor at the LSE and Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University. STICERD's Atkinson Lecture series is in honour of LSE’s Centennial Professor and STICERD associate Sir Tony Atkinson

22  Jun  2015  

IGC-STICERD Sir Arthur Lewis Symposium on Growth and Development


The Symposium will be held at the LSE and will feature top LSE academics - Professors Oriana Bandiera, Tim Besley and John Sutton with Professor Douglas Gollin from the University of Oxford. To sign up and for more information please follow the link below.

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21  May  2015  

*STICERD Morishima Lecture* Scarcity: a talk for people too busy to attend talks

Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard)

Why does poverty persist? Why do the busy feel perpetually behind? Why do diets fail? The scarcity mind set connects these diverse behaviours. Sendhil Mullainathan is a Professor of Economics at Harvard whose main interest is behavioural economics. This talk is part of the STICERD Morishima Lecture series and it is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

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14  May  2015  

CEPR Annual Public Economics Symposium 2015


This two-day event, organised by STICERD's director Oriana Bandiera and Henrik Kleven and sponsored by IGC and CEPR, will provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and will bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region.

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11  Mar  2015  

STICERD Japanese Studies Workshop: Empire and Imperialism in British and Japanese History


Sponsored by STICERD and organised by graduate students from the Department of Economics History at LSE, this afternoon workshop explores the economic and historic links between Britain and Japan.

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3  Mar  2015  

Amartya Sen Lecture: Law, Economics and the Republic of Beliefs

Kaushik Basu (World Bank)

Kaushik Basu is the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. Kaushik Basu has published widely in the areas of Development Economics, Industrial Organization, Game Theory and Welfare Economics. His most recent books are Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics and An Economist’s Miscellany.

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28  Oct  2014  

STICERD Atkinson Lecture: The Economics of Beliefs and Misbeliefs

Roland Benabou (Princeton)

This is the inaugural STICERD Atkison Lecture in honour of LSE’s Centennial Professor and STICERD associate Sir Tony A. Atkinson. Roland Bénabou is Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His recent work lies in three main areas. The first links inequality, growth, social mobility and the political economy of redistribution. The second centers on education, social interactions and the socioeconomic structure of cities and the third is that of economics and psychology ('behavioral economics').

16  Jun  2014  

STICERD Morishima Lecture 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'

Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics)

9  Jun  2014  

Elections and Durable Governments in Parliamentary Democracies

David Baron (Stanford)

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30  May  2014  

2014 Public Economics UK (PEUK) Workshop


We are pleased to announce that the next PEUK Workshop will take place on Friday 30th of May 2014, at STICERD. It is co-organised by the Universisty of Warwick, HMRC and LSE. Sponsored by the ESRC through CAGE and STICERD- Public Economics Programme (PEP), this workshop will include a mix of academics, HMRC employees, and PhD students, with the goal of providing a space for open discussion about current issues in taxation that can be useful for both policymakers and researchers

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26  Sep  2013 -
27  Sep  2013

Second CEPR Workshop on Incentives, Management and Organization


On Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September 2013, STICERD will host a Workshop on Incentives, Management and Organisation. The event is joint with CEPR and the IGC Firm Capabilities programme and it aims to bring together researchers interested in studying what happens inside firms and other organisations. It covers areas such as personnel economics, organisational economics, management and productivity, and incentives and contracts. The theme is Organisations, Productivity and Development.

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29  May  2013  

The Amartya Sen Lecture at LSE

Sir James Wolfensohn

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9  Jul  2012  

Property before people

Anne Power (CASE / LSE)

25  May  2012  

SPECIAL EVENT: NGO (Non-Profits, Governments, and Organizations) Workshop

The workshop will take place on the 25th and the 26th of May, chaired by Maitreesh Ghatak.

24  May  2012  

CEPR Public Policy Sympoisum 2012. On the Special Theme of: Public Economics and Development

11  Jan  2012  

About Time: Examining the case for a shorter working week


CASE/new economics foundation event As the economic crisis deepens, it is timely to consider the arguments for moving towards much shorter, more flexible paid working hours - sharing out jobs and unpaid time more fairly across the population. Following the new economics foundation’s highly-acclaimed report 21 Hours: Why a shorter working week can help us all to flourish in the 21st century, CASE and nef are bringing leading experts together to examine the social, environmental and economic implications. They will consider how far a shorter working week can help to address a range of urgent social, economic and environmental problems: unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being and entrenched inequalities. The event features: • Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and author of Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, and The Overworked American; • Lord Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick and biographer of J. M. Keynes, with Dr Edward Skidelsky, University of Exeter, and co-authors the forthcoming book, How Much is Enough? Economics and the Good Life. • Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at Surrey University, and author of Prosperity without Growth.

13  Jun  2011 -
14  Jun  2011

EOPP/STICERD Special Event: Economic Foundations of Public Policy Conference


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19  May  2011  

Public Policy, Equity and Growth: STICERD panel discussion


This event is part of a celebration of 25 years on from the LSE project on Taxation, Income Distribution and Incentives run in STICERD by Sir Tony Atkinson, Mervyn King and Professor Lord Stern. The panel brings together a distinguished panel of experts to discuss what we have learned in the intervening period about how public policy can best be structured to support equity and growth.

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24  Jan  2011  

IGC-STICERD-DESTIN Development Lecture: Creating Pathways for the Poorest - Linking safety nets, livelihoods and access to finance

Syed M. Hashemi (Director, BRAC Development Institute)

People at the very bottom of the economic ladder are often excluded, or exclude themselves, from microfinance. Their income is usually too low and unreliable to permit repayment of loans or investment in anything but basic food consumption. In some countries the very poor are served by safety net programs, which usually take the form of cash transfers, food aid, or guaranteed employment schemes. This lecture will provide an overview of the graduation model and the pilot implementation 'graduation model' can create pathways out of extreme poverty, adapting a methodology developed by BRAC in Bangladesh.

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23  Jun  2010 -
26  Jun  2010

EOPP Special Event: Summer School on Empirical Methods for Economic Development


Oriana Bandiera is organizing the Second AMID Summer School on Empirical Methods for Economic Development on June 23-26 at the LSE. The school is intended for PhD students, post-docs and junior faculty members. The aim is to provide young researchers with a detailed overview of the main methods used in empirical development research. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their own research projects with leading researchers in a relaxed and open atmosphere. Lectures will be delivered by Esther Duflo (MIT), Greg Fischer (LSE), Radha Iyengar (LSE), and Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi) on topics including difference in difference estimators, event studies, instrumental variables, randomised control trials and regression discontinuity approaches. Selected projects by participants will be presented and discussed during the day.

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18  Jun  2010 -
19  Jun  2010

EOPP Special Event: CEPR Public Policy Symposium 2010


Oriana Bandiera and Henrik Kleven, along with Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics and CEPR) and Emmanuel Saez (University of California, Berkeley and CEPR) are organizing a symposium on public economics to bring together economists in the field from across Europe and key researchers from outside the region. The symposium will feature a keynote lecture entitled 'Public Finance and Development' to be given by Professor Timothy Besley. The conference hopes to provide a unique opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. It also aspires to provide young researchers with the opportunity to meet and discuss their work with senior economists.

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14  Jun  2010  

EOPP, TG and LSE Management Special Event: The Formation of Family and Its Intergenerational Consequences


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19  Mar  2010 -
20  Mar  2010

GINI: Growing Inequalities' Impacts - Opening Conference: 19th and 20th March 2010.


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30  May  2009  

Microfoundations of Development Workshop - Day TWO


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29  May  2009  

Microfoundations of Development Workshop - Day ONE


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20  Mar  2009  

4th London and Oxbridge Time Series Workshop


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10  Dec  2007 -
11  Dec  2007

Lionel Robbins Essay On The Nature and Significance Of Economic Science - 75th Anniversary Conference


The purpose of this conference is both to renew the considerations of Robbins's theme and reflect on the current nature and significance of economic science as well as examine Robbins's own position from a historical perspective.

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5  Oct  2007 -
6  Oct  2007

CEPR/BREAD Conference on Development Economics


The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Development Economics Program and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) will hold a joint conference on 5th-6th October, 2007 at the London School of Economics.

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25  May  2007 -
26  May  2007

STICERD Conference in Honour of Peter Robinson

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20  Nov  2003  

STICERD Japanese Studies Programme Special Lecture

Observations on the Japanese and East Asian Economies with special reference to China

1  Jul  2003  

RLAB Workshops

27  May  2003  

Special seminars by Roger Garrison

Hayekian Macroeconomic Thought

27  May  2003  

Three Seminars On Hayekian Macroeconomic Thought: Seminar I: Capital-Based Macroeconomics

Roger W. Garrison (Auburn University, Alabama)

16  May  2003  

Review of Economic Studies Meetings 2003

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11  Dec  2002  

The Preference Elicitation Group

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8  Aug  2002  

CPNSS, STICERD and Operational Research Lecture:

Rationality the Fast and Frugal Way

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13  May  2002  

Review of Economic Studies Meetings 2002

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