Clare Distinguished Lecture in Economics and Public Policy

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The Clare Distinguished Lecture in Economics and Public Policy first took place in 2006. Each year, the College asks a distinguished visitor to deliver a lecture on a topic of their choice. The aim of the lecture is to encourage the interface between academia and business/public life. The lecture is open to the Collegiate Cambridge community.

The Clare Distinguished Lecture in Economics and Public Policy is made possible by The Smithers & Co. Charity and Andrew Smithers (Clare, 1959).

Joel Mokyr

Joel Mokyr

Joel Mokyr

Gareth Austin

Gareth Austin

Gareth Austin

28 October 2019

'The Holy Land of Industrialism' Rethinking the Industrial Revolution'

Lecturer: Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor, Department of Economics, Northwestern University

Discussant: Professor Gareth Austin, Professor of Economic History, Fellow of King's College.


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1 March 2018

‘Managing Yale’s Endowment’

Speaker: Dr David F Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University

Discussant: Dr David Chambers, CEAM Academic Director Reader in Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School

Also generously sponsored by Invesco


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David Swensen

David Swensen

David Swensen

Dr David Chambers

Dr David Chambers

Dr David Chambers

Lord King

Lord King

Lord King

Martin Weale

Dr Martin Weale CBE

Dr Martin Weale CBE

13 March 2017

'Resetting the Global Economy'

Speaker: Lord King, former Governor of the Bank of England

Discussant: Dr Martin Weale CBE, former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee and Professor of Political Economy at King’s College London


3 December 2014

'Financial Development and Policy: A view from the front lines'

Speaker: Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Discussant: Professor Masaaki Shirakawa, a former Governor of the Bank of Japan


Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan

Professor Masaaki Shirakawa

Professor Masaaki Shirakawa

Professor Masaaki Shirakawa

Professor Barry Eichengreen

Professor Barry Eichengreen

Professor Barry Eichengreen

Professor Giancarlo Corsetti

Professor Giancarlo Corsetti

Professor Giancarlo Corsetti

28 February 2013

‘Renminbi Internationalization: Good for China? Bad for us?’

Speaker: Professor Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Discussant: Professor Giancarlo Corsetti, Professor of Macroeconomics, University of Cambridge


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18 February 2011

‘Creating a stable financial system: Is the reform programme sufficiently radical?’

Speaker: Lord Turner, Chairman, Financial Services Authority

Discussant: Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor, Bank of England


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Lord Turner

Lord Turner

Lord Turner

Paul Tucker

Paul Tucker

Paul Tucker

Jean-Claude Trichet

Jean-Claude Trichet

Jean-Claude Trichet

Professor Willem Buiter

Professor Willem Buiter

Professor Willem Buiter

10 December 2009

'Systematic Risk'

Speaker: Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank

Discussant: Professor Willem Buiter, London School of Economics and Political Science


14 May 2008

‘A policy framework for Climate Change and Sustainable Development: economic analysis and beyond’

Speaker: Mohan Munasinghe, Vice Chair, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Discussant: David Henderson CMG, Visiting Professor, Westminster Business School


Mohan Munasinghe

Mohan Munasinghe

Mohan Munasinghe

David Henderson CMG

David Henderson CMG

David Henderson CMG

Haruhiko Kuroda

Haruhiko Kuroda

Haruhiko Kuroda

1 February 2007

‘The Development of China and India – Prospects and Problems’

Speaker: Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank

Discussant: Dr Andrea Boltho, University of Oxford


31 January 2006

'Fair Trade for All: How Trade Can Promote Development'

Speaker: Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University, former Chief Economist at the World Bank

Discussant: Martin Wolf CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times


Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz

Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz

Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz

Martin Wolf

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE