Edmund Burke Lecture: The Future of the World Economy After the Covid Crisis


The economic crisis brought about by Covid-19 will cast a shadow over the next decade. It has triggered the sharpest cyclical downturn for at least a century and highlighted serious fissures in structure of the world economy. However, it has also set in motion a wave of technical advances as governments, businesses and individuals have adapted to the shock.

This lecture looks at the likely profile of the economic recovery, the impact on the relationship between the major players in the developed and emerging worlds, and the ways in which these technical advances are likely to change the workplace, peoples’ lifestyles, and societies more generally.

We are delighted to welcome Hamish McRae, one of Britain’s leading economic and financial commentators, as keynote for this lecture. Hamish is the principal economic commentator for the online edition of The Independent, and a columnist in the i newspaper. He also writes the weekly City comment column in the Mail on Sunday.

About the speaker

Hamish McRae is the author of the acclaimed work on the future, The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity. Hamish’s other books include Capital City – London as a Financial Centre, co-authored with Frances Cairncross, Wake-up Japan, co-authored with Tadashi Nakamae, and What Works: Success in Stressful Times.

He has been a visiting professor at UMIST and Lancaster University, and is currently an adjunct professor at Trinity College, Dublin. He has also been a council member of the Royal Economic Society and a trustee of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.

The Annual Register is a long-established reference work, written and published each year, which records and analyses the year’s major events, developments and trends throughout the world. It was first written in 1758 under the editorship of Edmund Burke, and has been produced continuously since that date.

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