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Presented by Economics Observatory and Festival of Economics
17 – 19 November 2021, We The Curious, Bristol

As an Economics Observatory newsletter subscriber, we are offering you exclusive early access to book tickets to our Talking Economics event in November 2021.

Morning passes are on sale now. These include all morning sessions on the programme, plus two complementary afternoon sessions for each day booked. 
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Single and triple morning passes are available now. 

Individual tickets for afternoon sessions will be released later in the summer.

Wednesday 17 November 2021


Health x Economics Chris Giles, with Linda Bauld, Tim Besley and Flavio Toxvaerd

Work and pay Phil Aldrick with Huw Dixon, Carolyn Fairbairn, Graeme Roy and Helen Simpson

Finance in flux Ed Conway with Dawn Holland and Michael McMahon


Talking Politics Live podcast

Tarzan Economics with Will Page

Finance: past and future with John Turner

Thursday 18 November 2021


Inequality. Sarah O’Connor with Abi Adams-Prassl, Richard Blundell, Joeli Brearley, Jagjit Chadha and Sarah Smith

Mental health and economics. Isabel Hardman with Stuart McIntyre, Fabien Postel-Vinay and Carol Propper

Global virus, global impact. Lizzy Burden with Lotanna Emediegwu, David Matthews and Ngaire Woods


De-colonising economics

The Reality of Brexit

Farming Today

Cogs and Monsters with Diane Coyle

Friday 19 November 2021


Climate: the next crisis? Diane Coyle and Cameron Hepburn

The Covid-19 generation Duncan Weldon with Simon Burgess, Gill Wyness and Bristol’s Youth Mayor

A new world? Philip Inman with Harry Destecroix and Henry Overman


Debt hangover vs piles of cash

Hope and fear in the smartphone era with Rory Cellan-Jones

Economics in 2030: China vs America Linda Yueh with George Magnus

Household labour: who does the work?

About the event

In a new partnership, and in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the hugely successful Festival of Economics, the Economics Observatory and Bristol Ideas are bringing together economists, policy-makers, academics and the public to discuss the key societal questions and challenges that Covid-19 and its aftermath have brought. Over 2,000 delegates and audience members from across the UK will join us in Bristol city centre for a three-day programme of dynamic and important panel discussions, interviews, book launches, podcast recordings, networking and debates.


“These are times of great change and uncertainty in the economy. The economy and economics will be irrevocably changed by the crisis. There is great public interest in economic issues. Talking Economics will bring together academic economists, practitioners of economics, and challengers from both inside and outside the subject to debate with members of the public. It will celebrate economics, an intellectually powerful discipline with a rich history, and also look at its recent failures. Economics has a profound influence on politics and public policy: it is too important not to have a public debate.”

Talking Economics Mission Statement


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