Nov 19 2014

Valencia: a strategy for economic competitiveness within Europe

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20141118PoseWith Europe, Spain and Valencia at a socio-economic crossroad, the Cañada Blanch Forum has been established to promote reflection on Valencia’s economic prospects throughout civil society. Its first workshop, Cómo Puede Competir la Economía Valenciana en el Escenario Europeo?, was held in Valencia on 18-19 November 2014.

LSE collaborated with the Fundación Cañada Blanch, the Instituto Valenciano de
Investigaciones Económicas, the Asociación Valenciana de Empresarios, and Bankia on the event, at which the speakers included Alberto Fabra, President of the Generalitat Valenciana; Juan López-Trigo, President of the Fundación Cañada Blanch, and Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose of LSE.

Read about the talks in the media: El PaísEl Mundo and Valencia Plaza

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Nov 14 2014

A plan to tackle youth unemployment

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 No basta con anunciar grandes planes como la Estrategia de emprendimiento y empleo joven o la Garantía juvenil con bonificaciones a tutiplén. Se trata de poner en práctica medidas que ofrezcan garantías reales, sobre todo a los que más lo necesitan.

jobcentrequeueWriting on Nada Es Gratis, Professor Samuel Bentolila and Associate Professor Marcel Jansen recommend policies to deal with the youth unemployment crisis in Spain. They spoke on this subject at the November 2014 IZA World of Labor / CEMFI / LSE Enterprise panel discussion on Tackling Youth Unemployment, alongside Professor Alexander Kritikos and Dr Werner Eichhorst.

izamadrid1Over 50% of 16-24 year olds in Spain are neither employed nor in education, with that figure rising to almost 80% for those who have only completed primary school. Meanwhile those with tertiary education are often overqualified for their jobs. The authors call for a mixture of policies, including education for NEETs and better use of funding, combined with intervention by each stakeholder.

Read the post Un plan de choque efectivo para el empleo juvenil on the Nada Es Gratis blog.

Twitter   #youthjobs


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Nov 12 2014

Promoting excellence in business

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LSE Enterprise and Madrid Excelente have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on sharing the best practices of companies from both countries to improve their competitiveness. The agreement was signed in London on 11 November 2014.

Alejandra Polacci, the Director General of Madrid Excelente, called the agreement “an example of Madrid’s will to seek synergies with prestigious institutions that will assist the business community and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship among our youth”.

Adam Austerfield, LSE Enterprise´s Director of Projects for Spain and Latin America, said “Having LSE Enterprise´s office for Iberia and Latin America in Madrid, as well as hosting the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain, it made a great deal of sense for us to join Madrid Excelente, the premier forum for business promotion and quality in management for the Communidad of Madrid. We look forward to continued collaborations with them in the future not only in Madrid, but also for Spanish activities in London, connecting two of the most important cities for business in Europe.”

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Nov 10 2014

FT article says Rajoy must go if Spain is to confront the threats it faces

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Luis Garicano, Professor of Economics and Strategy at LSE, writes about the threats to the Spanish constitutional order from the forces of fragmentation and an anti-modern national populism. He calls for Mr Rajoy to ‘fall on his sword’ in favour of the deputy prime minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, to defuse these challenges.

Read the Financial Times article

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Nov 5 2014

The Future of Banking as a Profession

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  • Is there a need for banking standards in Britain and worldwide – and could London be the benchmark?
  • How can banking become a profession?
  • How can banks serve the public interest?

A new banking standards body has been established in Britain to set voluntary standards, promote professional education and improve banking culture and competence. With all banks operating in Britain expected to comply with these standards, could this lead to the development of global reform?

LSE and the Retail Banking Academy are hosting a forum to debate the future of banking as a profession, exploring how banks can better serve the public interest. Speakers include Dame Colette Bowe, Chair of the Banking Standards Review Council, and Professor Charles Goodhart, Director of LSE’s Financial Regulation Research Programme.

 The symposium will take place on 28 November at Holborn Bars in London. Find out more and book your place on the RBA website.

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Oct 23 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the conditions for success

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entrepreneurshipAt the recent conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, organised by Madrid Excelente and Mutua Madrileña, the Minister of Economy and Finance said that innovation and entrepreneurship are crucial to the process of economic recovery and improving business competitiveness.

Adam Austerfield of LSE Enterprise discussed the role of universities in innovation and the creative processes, and listed that whilst Spain has very high ranking business schools, it only features one university in the global top 200, whereas the UK has 31 and the US 83. He cited entrepreneurs ranging from Mick Jagger to Stelios Haji-Iaoannu who had studied at LSE, and how research-led universities are the fundamental starting point of innovation and creative processes, whether in social and natural sciences or the arts.

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Oct 22 2014

Tackling Youth Unemployment

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  • Panel discussion
  • Thursday 13 November 2014, 11.00 – 13.00
  • CEMFI, Calle Casado del Alisal, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • #youthjobs

JobhuntingLSE and the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) are hosting an IZA World of Labor event on tackling youth unemployment.

The panel discussion aims to provide a professional and independent platform for evidence-based discussion and debate among policy-makers, academics, specialist researchers and key sectoral stakeholders on issues surrounding youth unemployment. The event, which brings together a panel of speakers from the economics and labour market community, will put Spain in a comparative context by discussing the following questions: What does youth unemployment look like today? What evidence exists from other countries on successful policies in tackling youth unemployment? What policies can be proposed for the current situation? What is the role of apprenticeships and vocational qualifications in helping get young people into employment?

The event will feature Professor Alexander Kritikos (German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)), Professor Samuel Bentolila (CEMFI), Professor Marcel Jansen (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and IZA) and Dr Werner Eichhorst (IZA).

Apply for a free place by emailing

Find out about the 30 October event on Does Aid Work? with IZA World of Labor

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Oct 10 2014

A vision of city life

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Adam Austerfield of LSE Enterprise at Reevolucion Urbana

Adam Austerfield of LSE Enterprise at Reevolucion Urbana

Chile’s unprecedented urban shift brings with it a unique opportunity to boost its citizens’ quality of life. LSE Enterprise collaborated with the RAD-UDD network and Cámara Chilena de la Construcción to provide a better understanding of the challenges that Santiago de Chile faces.

Chilean Ministers joined LSE Cities academics for an international public conference, bringing together over a thousand attendees from the private and public sectors to agree the principles for building better cities.

Adam Austerfield, LSE Enterprise, Philipp Rode, LSE Cities, Beatriz Lorenzo, LSE Enterprise, Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities and Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá

Adam Austerfield, LSE Enterprise, Philipp Rode, LSE Cities, Beatriz Lorenzo, LSE Enterprise, Ricky Burdett, LSE Cities and Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogotá

Next, workshops for senior executives in urban planning and city development roles enabled discussion on topics such as governance, competitiveness, social cohesion, community participation and resilience to natural disasters – elements of city design at the forefront of political debate around the world.

Visit the conference website for introductory videos by speakers, including Philipp Rode and Professor Ricky Burdett of LSE Cities.

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Oct 2 2014

Should Catalonia hold an independence referendum?

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LSE’s EUROPP blog asked four of its contributors to give their views on whether Catalonia should hold an independence referendum. Read their posts at the links below:

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Sep 22 2014

Why nations matter

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LSE Director Professor Calhoun was in Bilbao for the Basque Country discussions ‘Why nations matter’, which coincided with the Scottish referendum on 18 September. His lecture, based on his book of the same title, made the case of the importance of nations especially in a period of globalisation. He countered Friedman’s view that The World is Flat by describing nationalism as a patchwork of multi-layered local identities and relationships that in many ways supersede historical and emotional perspectives of mostly false notions of national history – but that nations nonetheless remain crucial to the future of successful country and human development. He also spoke at length with the President of the Basque Country, Iñigo Urkullu, on the issues described in his lecture, and the challenges of the Basque Country in the 21st century.

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