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    Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 2): “Those of us who were lucky enough to be born in the right countries have a moral obligation to reduce poverty and ill health in the world”

Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 2): “Those of us who were lucky enough to be born in the right countries have a moral obligation to reduce poverty and ill health in the world”

Angus Deaton recently came to the LSE to discuss his new book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. Here he discusses his arguments regarding the usefulness of foreign aid and our moral obligation for reducing poverty and ill health in the world.  In your new book you write that “foreign aid is doing more harm than good and it is undermining countries’ […]

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    Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 1): “If the rich can write the rules then we have a real problem”

Five minutes with Angus Deaton (Part 1): “If the rich can write the rules then we have a real problem”

Angus Deaton is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. In this interview, he discusses his new book with Joel Suss, Managing Editor of the British Politics and Policy blog. Your new book is titled “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality”. What is the great escape? What are the origins of inequality? The great escape is two […]

Five minutes with Peter Kellner: “History could repeat itself in a British referendum on EU membership”

If there were to be a referendum held on the UK’s membership of the European Union, how would British citizens vote? EUROPP‘s Managing Editor Stuart Brown spoke to Peter Kellner, President of YouGov, about current polling trends, the lessons from previous UK referendums, and the factors, such as David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate the UK’s membership, which might have a significant impact […]

Five minutes with Ann Pettifor: “The UK is plunging down a metaphorical rabbit hole into the fantasy world of easy (if dear) money”

Ann Pettifor is Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation. She will be speaking at the LSE tomorrow as part of the department of law’s Islamic finance lecture series on the subject of ‘ethics, interest and finance’. In this interview, she discusses the UK’s ‘so-called’ economic recovery and the high levels of private sector debt. Can […]

Five minutes with Anthony Giddens: “The European social model can and must survive the crisis”

What does the Eurozone crisis mean for the future of Europe? In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Anthony Giddens discusses the content of his new book, Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe? He outlines the structural factors underpinning the crisis, the benefits of EU membership, and why maintaining the European social model as a social […]

Five minutes with Robert Skidelsky: “Capitalism is a means to an end, the end being lifting humanity out of poverty in order to enable it to lead the good life”

Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick and the biographer of John Maynard Keynes. His new book, co-authored with his son Edward Skidelsky and entitled How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, brought him to the LSE for a public lecture. In this interview, he discusses economic insatiability and ‘the good life’ […]

Five minutes with Tim Harford (Part 2): “The question is: Can we all become robot overseers or are some of us just not up to it?”

In part 2 of our conversation with Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, we discuss a range of topics, from the impact of technology on the labour market to ‘happynomics’. Tim recently gave a public lecture at the LSE in which he discusses his new book in greater depth.  In your new book about macroeconomics, you touch on the discipline’s […]

Five minutes with Tim Harford (Part 1): “There’s enough Keynesianism in this recession to warrant a Keynesian response. Although we are getting to the point where it’s almost too late.”

Tim Harford is an economist, author and columnist at the Financial Times. His most recent book, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run or Ruin an Economy, brought him to the LSE for a public lecture. In this conversation, he gives his views on a range of topics, from the nature of the UK recession to forward guidance.   […]