The end of free markets and return of the state?

  • Where Online Event
  • When 24 November 2020 / 18:00 - 19:00 (GMT)
  • Cost Free - booking required
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In conversation with Professor Diane Coyle and Martin Sandbu

The pandemic is putting a spotlight on the inequalities in our society. What policies will be needed to address these deep fractures? 

Professor Diane Coyle and Martin Sandbu have both published books exploring the  economics relating to current policy questions.  Although both agree economic policy must play a vital role, they differ in their prescriptions for tackling the symptoms and causes of inequality and other pressing social challenges.

Join them for an enlightened conversation, chaired by Professor Michael Kenny, to discuss the role of the state, covering issues such as environmental policy, productivity, regional differences and the case for and against universal basic income.

In conjunction with Princeton University Press, Diane and Martin are pleased to offer their books to event participants for 40% off the cover price. A code will be offered following registration. Offer valid until 31/12/20


Professor Diane Coyle (@DianeCoyle1859), author of Markets, State, and People: Economics for Public Policy, is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She is a director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, and was a member of the Furman Panel on digital competition.

Martin Sandbu (@MESandbu), author of The Economics of Belonging, is the Financial Times’s European Economics Commentator. He also writes Free Lunch, the FT’s weekly newsletter on the global economic policy debate. He has been writing for the FT since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer.

Professor Michael Kenny (@michaelkenny_) is the inaugural Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.  He leads the Institute’s place and public policy programme and has research interests in governance, territorial politics, British politics and political ideas.

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy is hosting this event in partnership with Cambridge-INET.