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Bristol hosts Annual Festival of Economics, 12 - 14 November

18 November 2015

Festival at @Bristol featured a number of top speakers and fostered debate on some of the key economic issues of our time.

The annual Bristol Festival of Economics took place from 12-14th November. 

In this fourth Festival of Economics, programmed by Diane Coyle (Enlightenment Economics), economists and other experts from around the world debated with each other – and their audiences – some of the key economic questions of our time.

Paul Grout chaired a session with Nobel Laureate, Robert Shiller on The Economics of Manipulation and Deception, while Sarah Smith chaired a panel debate on Inequality and Social Mobility with Francois Bourgignon, Julian Le Grand and Jo Blanden.

Together with the Economics Network, the Department of Economics organised a schools challenge as part of the Festival, which saw more than ten teams from local schools competing to design ways in which different economic tools could be used to tackle Bristol's congestion problem.

Further photos, and tweets, from the event can be found on the Festival's twitter page.

Emily, UG Economics student:

I enjoyed the festival very much and found the talks I went to really interesting. I went to see Vince Cable talk on the Thursday, the Robert Shiller talk on Friday evening, the Swimming with Sharks interview on Friday lunch and then [the] panel discussion on Sunday afternoon. For me I was really interested to hear about the applications of economics to real world situations. Also the speakers were high profile and do work in very relevant areas of research/public policy etc.

Hannah, UG Economics student:

I really enjoyed the Festival of Economics – I went to the Vince Cable and no-growth economy talks on the Thursday, the Robert J Schiller and EU talks on the Friday, and the inequality and social mobility talk on the Saturday. It was really interesting to learn more about socially relevant issues and a broader range of subjects than we learn at university, although I also found the no-growth economy talk relevant to what I’ve been learning about sustainable development in Environmental Economics. It was good to watch discussions between people with different backgrounds (policy, academia, banking etc.) and opinions, which helped me to think critically about the issues discussed. The talks helped me understand more about the prospects of sustainable development and some aspects of the economics of the EU, because the speakers gave a broad overview of the issues they were talking about – in lectures we focus a lot on the models, and I find I sometimes get caught up in the technical details and lose sight of the bigger picture.

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