Annual Public Lecture 2019


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The Royal Economic Society will be holding its Annual Public Lecture at the Royal Institution, London on 26 November and at the University of York on 4 December 2019.

You can register your interest in attending the lecture. Further details on how to book your tickets will be announced in due course.

Cities now house more than half of the world’s population and produce more than 80% of global GDP. Yet their economic performance – and the quality of life they deliver to their citizens – varies widely.  The most successful are centres of innovation and growth, while others fail to create sufficient jobs and provide decent housing. The challenge is greatest in the developing world where, over the next 30 years, the urban population will increase by more than one million people each week.

This public lecture by Professor Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, will look at the economics that underpins city performance and discuss the policy challenges that cities face.

Our speaker

Prof Tony Venables

Professor of Economics at Oxford University