Festival of Social Science 2021 at NIESR

Thursday, 4 November, 2021 - 16:00 to Thursday, 25 November, 2021 - 19:30
Online & hybrid


The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual, UK-wide, free celebration of the social sciences.The 2021 Festival will run 1-30 November, with a number of events themed around social science and the environment, to reflect the COP26 climate change conference taking place 31 October-12 November. The festival will also be covering a huge range of other topics such as the social and economic effects of the pandemic. Details of Festival events and how to book are also available on the ESRC Festival of Social Science website, and events will be promoted on Twitter using the #ESRCFestival hashtag.

NIESR's Autumn Economic Forum

Date: Friday, 12 November, 2021 - 11:00 to 12:00
Location: Online

We are delighted to invite you to our Autumn 2021 Economic Forum, at which we will present and discuss NIESR’s latest forecasts on the UK and global economies, with an opportunity for you to ask questions.

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The Future of Work in Wales and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 09:30 to 12:30

Location: Online

Join us online for this morning event which examines “The Future of Work in Wales” through lively discussions on Universal Basic Income and Productivity – exceptionally important topics to everyone interested in our collective economic and social future.

Join key speakers on the topic from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), such as Jagjit Chadha and Arnab Bhattacharjee, and Cardiff University, as well as Sophie Howe and Kirsty Williams, who will share their perspectives and invite audience debate. We will also launch the recently signed partnership between Cardiff University and the NIESR so please join us to discover the latest research on these important issues and to find out more about how you can participate in this exciting collaboration.

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The Political Economy of Devolution in, and Secession from, the UK

Date: Friday, 19 November, 2021 - 10:00 to 16:00

Location: Online
What are the prospects for devolution and secession in the United Kingdom? Nearly twenty-five years after certain powers were devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the future of UK governance is in question. Both Brexit and Covid-19 have revealed and exacerbated strains in the relationships between the four home nations. Debates range from further devolution, including for English regions, to Scottish independence and Northern Ireland seceding from the UK to form a United Ireland. Many of the key questions are both political and economic in nature.
In preparation of a special issue of the National Institute Economic Review, NIESR is hosting a workshop on “The Political Economy of Devolution in and Secession from  the United Kingdom” on 19 November 2021. This event is divided into three distinct sessions: first, on Scotland; second, on Wales and Northern Ireland; third, on England and Ireland. Among the core issues are national identity and economic resilience, independent currencies, intra-UK trade, institutions and geography, and the impact of both Brexit and Covid-19 on the devolved fiscal settlements. 

A draft programme is available to download.

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Doing Central Bank Economics

Date:  Friday 19 November 2021, 12:00 to 13:00

Location: Bristol


In his first public appearance since joining the Bank of England as chief economist, Huw Pill will be in conversation with Professor Jagjit Chadha, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and Soumaya Keynes, Britain economics editor at The Economist. 
Prior to joining the Bank of England as their chief economist and executive director for Monetary Analysis and Research in September 2021, Huw was a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. He previously served as chief European economist at Goldman Sachs (2011-18) and as deputy director general research at the European Central Bank.  He is a fellow of NIESR.
Jagjit, who is NIESR's director, is an expert on financial markets, monetary policy and aspects of monetary and financial history. He has written widely on the design of monetary, fiscal and financial policies and has published widely in economic journals.His new book - The Money Minders - will shortly be published by Cambridge University Press.
Soumaya is Britain economics editor at The Economist and co-host of the Trade Talks podcast. Her career has included roles in public finance and pensions research, as well as within the Banking and Credit team at HM Treasury. Soumaya has an M.Phil. and B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

This event is part of the hugely successful Festival of Economics, organised by the Economics Observatory and Bristol Ideas.

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2021 Prais Lecture: State Capacity and Economic Growth: Cautionary Tales

Date: Thursday, 25 November, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:30

Location: Online

State capacity – the ability to collect taxes, enforce law and order, and implement government policies – is accorded an important role in explaining economic growth. 

This lecture will use historical evidence to raise questions about the usefulness of state capacity, both as an explanation of economic growth and as a concept more generally.

About the Speaker

Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie, Chichele Professor of Economic History, All Souls College at University of Oxford, is a specialist in economic history and Fellow of both the British Academy (FBA) and Academy of Social Sciences (FASS).  Her research interests involve exploring the lives of ordinary people in the past to explain how poor economies get richer and improve human well-being. Recent publications have analysed guilds, serfdom, communities, the family, gender, human capital investment, consumption, and state capacity.

About the Lecture

Established in 2019, the Prais Lecture typically examines issues relating to productivity, economic growth and human wellbeing. It was formed to commemorate Professor Sig Prais, a colleague, friend and champion of the National Institute for over 60 years. The core focus of his research was on productivity and industrial structure, where he concluded that the poor quality and education were at the root of the UK’s productivity problem. Past speakers include Lord Sainsbury, and Bart van Ark from The Productivity Institute.

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