THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2018 18:00, MAL B18

Childcare and Labour Supply

There is significant public spending in the early years sector, and even more significant public interest in childcare policy. Parents face constraints, affecting salaries and access to the labour market. They also take decisions, affecting a child’s human capital. Are subsidies effective? How to address market failures and reduce inequalities?

Speaker: Christine Farquharson, Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Christine Farquharson



TUESDAY 27 MARCH 2018 18:00, MAL G15

An evening with Wolfram Research

Wolfram Research (Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha) are world leaders in technical computing. Mark Braithwaite provides an introduction to using Wolfram tools for Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Finance.

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Wolfram Research





Fixing the Economy: Rebuilding Macroeconomics

Ten years passed since the outbreak of the global financial crisis and the economy has yet to normalise. Why were we unable to forecast what was to come? Could we change our ways and prevent the next catastrophe from happening?

Macroeconomics is the branch of economics that is dealing with the economy as a whole. Rebuilding Macroeconomics is a new network of economists and scholars from other disciplines, policy makers and civil society representatives. It aims to produce ideas that address the real challenges we face today.

Speaker: Dr Angus Armstrong, Director of Rebuilding Macroeconomics Network and Chief Economic Adviser to Lloyds Banking Group.

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Dr Angus Armstron




Bitcoin: future or fad?

In May 2010 a programmer from Florida traded 10,000 units of a fledgling virtual currency. A volunteer from England received Bitcoins and in return bought two pizzas using a credit card. This amount of Bitcoins is worth more than £30 million now.

Could there be a medium of exchange that is not regulated by a state or an international organisation? Is this the way to fix a broken economy? Is Bitcoin people’s money or it’s just a fad?

Speaker:  Izabella Kaminska (Financial Times, Alphaville).

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Izabella Kaminska - Financial Times



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