2023 marked the tercentenary of the birth of Adam Smith. As we move into 2024, a year where we will likely see a General Election, we ask what can policy makers learn from his work?
Whilst the historical context is different, many of the issues that Smith was writing about remain relevant. What drives economic growth? How might economic institutions and policies be designed to maximise living standards? How should the gains from economic activity be shared? And, what are the gains (and losses) from international trade?
To discuss some of these questions, together with the University of Glasgow, we have brought together two panels of experts. At this in-person event they explored the relevance of Adam Smith’s work in 2024 and reflected upon the parallels between today’s trade policy challenges, particularly in a post-Brexit United Kingdom, with the general principles and ideas that Smith famously set out in The Wealth of Nations.
Chaired by: Graeme Roy, Professor of Economics, Dean of External Engagement at the University of Glasgow and Chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission
Chaired by: Sayantan Ghosal, Adam Smith Chair in Political Economy at the Adam Smith Business School