Spinoza Foundation Programme

The Spinoza Programme on Institutions, Organizations and Growth supports research and events at the LSE.
It looks at contemporary challenges in economic policy formation to support long-run development.

For further information please visit the Spinoza Foundation website.

LSE Workshop 'Unelected Power'

Thursday 29 November 2018

A half-day workshop hosted by the Spinoza Foundation, the Department of Economics and the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). Sir Paul Tucker of the Harvard Kennedy School (and former deputy governor of the Bank of England), will reflect on the themes raised in his recent book Unelected Power.

The book covers a range of issues in economics and politics particularly raising issues around the move towards the greater use of experts to make and inform policy decisions.

The discussion will focus on three central themes: design precepts and unelected power; regulators and central banks in the “emergency state” and central bank independence.

The workshop is invitation-only and will be held under the Chatham House rule. The workshop will be chaired by Professor Sir Tim Besley and Professor Martin Lodge.

The Future of Capitalism

Friday 12 October 2018

A public lecture hosted by the Spinoza Foundation, the Department of Economics, and STICERD, in which Professor Sir Paul Collier discussed the topics covered in his most recent book, The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties.

The book examines the economic, social and cultural rifts opened by modern capitalism. As well as including his personal reflections moving from working-class Sheffield to Oxford and working between Britain and Africa, he offered a wider perspective on ethics, economics and the capacity of our system of government to respond to the challenges that he identifies.

The event was free and open to all, and was chaired by Professor Sir Tim Besley.

For further information please visit the event page.

The audio recording of the lecture is now available on Soundcloud.

CIFAR meeting on Institutions, Organisations and Growth

29 June to 1 July 2018

The Programme extended support to the meeting of the Institutions, Organisations and Growth Programme of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

For further information about the meeting, please see the agenda.

Panel Discussion on Private Currencies

Wednesday 17 January 2018

A panel discussion to launch a collaboration between the Spinoza Foundation and LSE was held in the Shaw Library at the LSE before an audience of invited guests on the afternoon of Wednesday 17 January 2018.

The discussion, which was held under Chatham House rules, explored the issues surrounding private currencies (with particular reference to bitcoin). The panel comprised Andy Haldane, the Chief Economist at the Bank of England, Minouche Shafik, the Director of the LSE, and Tim Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science and W Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics.

The panel was chaired by David Smith of the Sunday Times.