Andy Haldane gives the SPERI Annual Lecture 2019

This week we were honoured to welcome Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England to the University of Sheffield to give the SPERI Annual Lecture 2019.

Andy’s lecture, given on May 7th, was entitled ‘Is All Economics Local?’. In the lecture he considered how data could help to give a bottom-up picture of what’s happening in the economy. He used a range of data mapping tools to show how peoples’ experiences of income, wealth, health and wellbeing vary depending on where they live. The lecture also highlighted the Bank of England’s work to better understand what is happening in local communities across the UK.

The full text of the lecture including the accompanying data maps is available here.

The lecture has been reported on by the New York Times, the Financial Times and Bloomberg.

Professor Gill Valentine, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, and Professor Genevieve LeBaron, Director of SPERI, introduced Andy’s lecture. After the lecture Professor LeBaron chaired an audience question and answer session.

As part of his visit to SPERI Andy met with the SPERI research team to discuss our new research agenda and a range of our current and forthcoming research projects.

SPERI’s Annual Lecture is a key part of our efforts to communicate new ideas to the public in an accessible way. Each year we invite an eminent public figure in the world of economics and politics to Sheffield to share and discuss their ideas. Previous Annual Lectures have been delivered by the then Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, Robert Peston, now ITV’s Political Editor, the leading economics journalist Stephanie Flanders and the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

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