Michaelmas Debate: This House Believes Austerity Economics Has Failed

No introduction is needed; there is no more contentious topic in the domain of economics at this moment in time. This debate promises to be exciting, informative and hugely engaging.

Speakers to include:


  • Jonathan Portes Jonathan Portes is the Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, Previously, he was Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office, where he advised the Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell, and Number 10 Downing Street on economic and financial issues. Before that he held a number of other senior economic policy posts in the UK government, immigration labour markets and poverty.


  • Sue Konzelmann Sue Konzelmann is Director of the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics and a Reader in Management at Birkbeck, University of London. She is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research (CBR), University of Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at the Higgins Labor Research Centre, University of Notre Dame.


  • James Bloodworth James Bloodworth is the Editor of Left Foot Forward. He has previously written for the Times, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, the Observer, the Spectator, the New Statesman, Red Pepper as well as other publications. James previously worked as a data journalist in the business-to-business sector and has a masters in political journalism. He often appears on the television and radio as a political commentator.


  • Steve Baker Steve Baker is a British Conservative Party Politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Wycombe, having been elected in the 2010 general election. He has been a member of the executive of the 1922 Committee since May 2012. He co-founded the Cobden Centre, on which he sits on the advisory board. He established and chairs the all-party parliamentary group on Economics, Money and Banking and is vice-chair of the APPG for Aerospace. He sits on the Transport Select Committee.
  • Kevin Dowd Kevin Dowd is a Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham and a partner in Cobden Partners. Dowd has authored many books on free banking, monetary economics and the current financial crisis. Dowd is an adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, a research fellow at the Independent Institute, a senior fellow at the Cobden Centre, and a member of the academic advisory council at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He serves as associate editor of The Journal of Risk and The Journal of Risk Model Validation and serves on the editorial board of the Cato Journal.
  • Dr Andrew Lilico Dr Andrew Lilico is a Director and Principal of Europe Economics. At Europe Economics, Andrew has directed major projects on financial services regulation, the cost of capital, pharmaceuticals, competition, and impact assessment. His doctorate was in bounded rationality, he is an acknowledged authority on the application of real options to price regulation, and has also done working papers on short selling, risk-sharing contracts in pharmaceuticals, housing, debt, and the regulation of markets with short-sighted agents. He has lectured at UCL in Money & Banking, in Macroeconomics, and in Corporate Finance, and is a member of the IEA/Sunday Times Shadow Monetary Policy Committee. Andrew received his first degree from St. John’s College, Oxford, and his PhD from University College, London.


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