#RES2022 Speakers

We are delighted to be hosting the following speakers during #RES2022:

Virtual conference keynotes


Professor Serena Ng

Sargan Lecture

Serena Ng is Professor of Economics at Columbia University. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the International Association of Applied Econometrics, and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Professor Nicholas Bloom

Hahn Lecture

Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of SIEPR, and the Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on working from home, management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company.


Professor Stefanie Stantcheva

Economic Journal Lecture

Stefanie Stantcheva is a professor of Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on how to improve the tax and transfer system for firms and individuals. She combines theory and empirics to study the effects of taxes and transfers on human capital, capital, migration, and innovation and how to incorporate these effects into our tax models. She also explores what drives people’s social preferences, attitudes, and perceptions using large-scale online surveys and experiments.

Presidents Address


Prof Sir Tim Besley

RES President 2021-22

Professor Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics of Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Commission, Fellow of the Econometric Society and British Academy. He is also a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Monday's Evening Lecture

This live in-person evening event will be streamed into the conference platform from the University of Warwick, for more information visit the universities website.

In-person Hub speakers

University of Reading, UK (11 April)


Professor Barbara Petrongolo

Professor of Economics | University of Oxford

Barbara Petrongolo is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College. She is Fellow of the British Academy, Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme and Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics. She previously held positions at Queen Mary University of London, LSE, the Paris School of Economics and the University of Carlos III. She is currently managing co-editor of the Economic Journal.


Cristiano Cantore

Bank of England

Cristiano Cantore is a Research Advisor at the Bank of England, a Reader in Economics at the University of Surrey, and a Guest Lecturer at the London School of Economics. Cristiano holds an MSc in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kent (UK). Over the years Cristiano has also conducted research for the OECD, the ECB, and the Bank of Spain and was a visiting professor at the University of California San Diego.


Rain Newton-Smith

Chief Economist | Confederation of British Industry

Rain Newton-Smith is the Chief Economist at the Confederation of British Industry and a member of its Executive Committee. She leads our economics and international teams, with a focus on economic and tax policy, the transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy and global business leadership. She and her team provide business leaders with advice on the UK economic outlook and global risks, helping to develop the economic policy response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

University of Manchester, UK (12 April)


Professor Oded Galor

Chief Executive | l.chipperfield@res.org.uk

Oded is the founder of Unified Growth Theory. He has contributed to the understanding of the process of development over the entire course of human history and the role of deep-rooted factors in the transition from stagnation to growth and in the emergence of the vast inequality across the globe. Moreover, he has pioneered the exploration of the impact of adaptation, population diversity, and inequality on the process of development over most of human existence.

Ashoka University, India (13 April)


Professor Farzana Afridi

Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi)

Farzana is Professor in the Economics and Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi), Lead Academic of the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) India program and Research Fellow at the IZA (Bonn). Her research interests lie at the intersection of development and labor economics and can be categorized into three broad themes: gender and social identity, human capital and governance.

Lunchtime chats

Monday 11 April


Prof Diane Coyle CBE

Bennett Professor of Public Policy | University of Cambridge

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.


Sir Partha Dasgupta

Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics | University of Cambridge

Professor Partha Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. His publications include Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment; Economics: A Very Short Introduction; Time and the Generations: population ethics for a diminishing planet; and most recently The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review. Professor Dasgupta is a Founder Member the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, Kathmandu, established in 1999.

Tuesday 12 April


Prof Ashwini Deshpande

Professor of Economics and the Founding Director | Centre for Economic Data and Analysis (CEDA) at Ashoka University, India

Ashwini Deshpande’s Ph.D. and early publications have been on the international debt crisis of the 1980s. Subsequently, she has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action, with a focus on caste and gender in India. She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals. She is the author of “Grammar of Caste: economic discrimination in contemporary India”


Justin Yifu LIN

Honorary Dean | Peking University

Justin Yifu LIN is Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development and Honorary Dean of National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. He is the author of more than 30 books including Beating the Odd: Jump-starting Developing Countries, Going beyond Aid, the Quest for Prosperity, New Structural Economics, and Demystifying the Chinese Economy.


Professor Leonard Wantchekon

James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Professor of Politics, and international Affairs | Princeton University

Leonard Wantchekon is the Founder and President of the African School of Economics and the Pan African Scientific Research Council. His research centers on political economy, development economics and economic history with regional focus on Africa and on substantive topics such as democracy and development, education and social mobility, and the long-term social impact of slavery and colonial rule.


Prof Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy | Harvard Kennedy School

Dani Rodrik is Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has published widely in the areas of economic development, international economics, and political economy. His current research focuses on employment and economic growth, in both developing and advanced economies. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Sciences Research Council.

Wednesday 13 April


Professor Noam Yuchtman

Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy and Deputy Head of Department | LSE

Noam Yuchtman joined the LSE as Professor in 2019, having been awarded a British Academy Global Professorship. In addition to his position at LSE, Noam is a co-editor of Economica and serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Economic Studies, the Economic Journal, and the Journal of Economic History. Noam’s research is focused on topics in the fields of political economy, economic history, and labor economics. First, the importance of educational content and the structure of educational


Professor Dirk Bergemann

Douglass and Marion Campbell Professor of Economics | Yale University

Dirk has secondary appointments as Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Professor of Finance in the School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He joined Yale in 1995 as an assistant professor, having previously served as a faculty member at Princeton University. He is member of Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society.


Stephanie Flanders

Senior Executive Editor for Economics | Bloomberg News

Stephanie Flanders has been Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg News and head of Bloomberg Economics since October 2017. She was previously Chief Market Strategist for Europe at J P Morgan Asset Management in London (2013-17) and both BBC Economics Editor and BBC Newsnight’s Economics Editor (2002-13). She was Senior Advisor and speech writer to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers (1997-2001). She has also been a reporter at the New York Times, the Principal Editor of the