Inaugural Dow Lecture: Do economists expect too much from expectations?

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 - 17:30 to 18:30
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2 Dean Trench Street
SW1P 3HE London
United Kingdom






Part of the Festival of Social Science 2019 at NIESR


This is the first of an annual series of lectures in honour of prominent economist Christopher Dow. In this lecture Martin Weale reviews some of the influences on firms’ key expectational variables as measured in the Confederation of British Industry’s Industrial Trends Survey. He focuses in particular on whether expectations of price changes affect outcomes, a relationship of particular importance in the economic models widely used in central banks. Finally he explores the relationship between expectations and outcomes, finding reasons to doubt that, as a generalisation, expectations are on average correct. He suggests some implications of the results for policy-making

Watch a summary video here and a full video here

Martin Weale is Professor of Economics, Kings’ College London and was NIESR Director  from 1995 to 2011

Where: NIESR, 2 Dean Trench Street, London SW1P 3HE

When: 17.30-18.30 followed by a drinks reception

Registration: The event is free but places are limited. Please RSVP at foss [at] to secure a place.


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