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Festival of Economics: Full Programme

Guest programmer: Diane Coyle
23-24 November 2012 (PAST EVENT)
At-Bristol, Bristol (see map)


We remain in a deep financial and economic crisis. The economy and economics will be irrevocably changed by the crisis. The Festival of Economics will confront the economists with their critics, bringing together academic economists, practitioners of economics, and challengers from both inside and outside the subject. It will celebrate economics, an intellectually powerful discipline with a rich history, and also look at its recent failures. Economics has a profound influence on politics and public policy: it is too important to be left to economists.

The Festival of Economics is supported by: Business West, Bristol Chamber, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Royal Economic Society, the Government Economic Service, Princeton University Press and Wiley

Festival Timetable

For further details, click on the individual session names to be taken to a separate event page.

Friday 23 November 2012

18.00-19.30: The Future of Capitalism

Chair: David Smith, Economics Editor, Sunday Times

Panellists: Daniel Stedman Jones, barrister, author of Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics; Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, Guardian and author of Going South: Why Britain Will Have a Third World Economy by 2014; John Kay, founding Director of the Said Business School, Oxford University, and writer, most recently Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly; Rachel Lomax, Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England

Saturday 24 November 2012

11.30-13.00: People, Places and Poverty (with Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

Chair: Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Panellists: Geoff Andrews, senior lecturer in politics, Open University and author of The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure; Paul Gregg, Professor of Economic and Social Policy, and Director of the Centre for Analysis and Social Policy at University of Bath; Lynsey Hanley, writer, author of Estates: An Intimate History; Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies

14.00-15.30: What Next for Britain’s Economy?

Chair: Heather Stewart, Economics Editor, Observer

Panellists: Andrew Sentance, member, Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee October 2006 – May 2011, and now senior economics adviser Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Jonathan Portes, Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research; Vicky Pryce, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting Inc and former Joint Head, UK Government Economic Service, 2007-2010; Peter Marsh Financial Times‘ manufacturing editor, author, The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production

16.30-18.00: Economics in Crisis

Chair: Richard Marshall, 3am Magazine

Panellists: Diane Coyle, Enlightenment Economics, author of The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters; Aditya Chakrabortty, economics leader writer at the Guardian; Carol Propper, Professor, Economics of Public Policy, University of Bristol; Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Partners

Download a Powerpoint presentation of photographs taken at the Festival of Economics by Jack Rawlins HERE (13.7MB).



  1. Making things | The Enlightened Economist says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    [...] by Evan Davis and The New Industrial Revolution by Peter Marsh (the latter is speaking at the Festival of Economics in Bristol on 24 November). (See also the excellent TV programmes by Evan D, Built in Britain, which turned to [...]

  2. Books I want to read | The Enlightened Economist says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    [...] Crisis and Why Politicians Don’t Get It by Vicky Pryce – one of the speakers at the Festival of Economics in Bristol on 23-24 November – a few tickets [...]

  3. The Festival of Economics 2012 | ccnew says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 4:35 am

    [...] A festival of economics might sound like an oxymoron, but since the credit crisis hit five years ago, number-crunchers have been forced to come out of their dusty offices and try to explain to the world what went so badly wrong – and why most of them failed so dismally to foresee the meltdown. Even the Queen famously mused on a visit to the London School of Economics, “Why did nobody notice it?” If Her Majesty happens to be in Bristol later this month, she could join a lively crowd of economists and their critics, who will gather at the @Bristol museum on the harbourside to debate how we got here; what it means; and what happens next. [...]

  4. Festival of Ideas talks Economics | Sustainable Bristol says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    [...] that Bristol’s long running Festival of Ideas, in association with The Observer, is running a Festival of Economics on Friday 23th and Saturday 24th [...]

  5. Economists in reflective mood | Alex's Archives says:
    November 17th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    [...] weekend Bristol will host the Festival of Economics, organised under the auspices of the Festival of Ideas. The programme for the Festival of Economics [...]

  6. Senake Atureliya, Author of Compopoly says:
    November 22nd, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    To get economic growth going again, fast track innovation and improve the outlook for all of humanity, we need to alleviate anxiety and unlock more of our potential.

    By creating a consumer owned and run buying monopoly for essential products and encouraging consumer owned automation (think washing machine equivalent, but for growing our food, heating and powering our homes), we can all become more productive and have a better standard of living.

    As a species, we have only just scraped the surface. Space, the oceans and the earths core are still to be explored – in an environmentally friendly way.

  7. Bristol Festival of Economics « Bristol Culture says:
    November 23rd, 2012 at 7:59 am

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  8. Festival of Economics | The Enlightened Economist says:
    November 23rd, 2012 at 11:10 am

    [...] an exciting day – the kick-off of what I think is the UK’s first Festival of Economics, taking place in Bristol tonight and tomorrow. There’s a fantastic line-up, including a [...]

  9. Economic festivities | The Enlightened Economist says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    [...] UK’s first Festival of Economics in Bristol on 23-24 November was a triumph, I think it’s safe to say. Despite horrible [...]

  10. The Economics Club,Mumbai says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Since the days of globalisation, there has been a growing interest in the subject of Economics which was considered a dismal science and too theoretical by students. This interest has multiplied due to global recession which hit most of the economies.
    It is a novel idea to organise festivals in Economics to make it more interesting and easily comprehensible to the common people.It will go a long way in enhancing financial and economic literacy .
    Shashi Panikar
    The Economics Festival of Mumbai (

  11. The Economics Club,Mumbai says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Congrats to the organisers of the Economics Festival of Bristol!

  12. Culture in austere times | The Enlightened Economist says:
    November 26th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    [...] is the passion so many people have for serious debate – lectures and debates are packed. The Festival of Economics at the weekend was one manifestation of it. There is certainly an appetite to understand [...]

  13. Techno Vision – Big business has corrupted economics | Aditya Chakrabortty says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    [...] being a debate on the future of capitalism in the People’s Republic of Bristol, the audience were satisfyingly radical – but Lomax was [...]

  14. Slow food questions | The Enlightened Economist says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    [...] Andrews of the Open University was one of the panellists at the recent Festival of Economics. He and Lynsey Hanley were two non-economists contributing to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation [...]

  15. Opinion: So what’s really wrong with the economy? says:
    December 10th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    [...] can disposable income grow more slowly than GDP? At a recent Festival of Economics in Bristol, three different answers were put forward. The Guardian’s Larry Elliot claimed that [...]


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