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  • Date and time: Thursday 6 May 2021, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Location: Online
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

The Royal Economic Society Annual Public Lecture 2021

The Internet can be traced back to 1969, the World Wide Web to 1990, and iPhone to 2007 - yet it is only in the past few years that “digital disruption” has become a big theme in business. In this lecture, Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, and an expert on the digital economy, will explore why digital technology is rewiring the economy - especially now so much activity has been driven online - what economists are learning about its consequences, and how economic policies need to change.  

The Royal Economic Society Annual Public Lecture

Established in 2001, the Royal Economics Society Annual Public Lecture provides an opportunity for school students to watch internationally-renowned economists present their research. Principally aimed at sixth form students, the APL has become an established part of the senior school calendar. This year's event will be online and co-hosted by the University of York and the University of Reading

Diane Coyle CBE

Professor Diane Coyle is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity, and has been a government adviser on economic policy, including throughout the covid-19 pandemic. Her latest book, ‘Markets, State and People – Economics for Public Policy’ examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources.

Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an adviser to the Competition and Markets Authority, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. She has served in public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester.


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