2024 Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to be hosting the following speakers

Prof Mariacristina De Nardi

Sargan Lecture

Mariacristina De Nardi is the Thomas Sargent Professor at the University of Minnesota, a Consultant for the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, a Fellow of the Econometrics Society, and a Faculty Research Fellow of the CEPR and NBER. Her research focuses on savings, wealth inequality, Social Security, health, medical expenses, entrepreneurship, wage and earnings dynamics, and taxation. De Nardi’s research has been published in the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of the Economic European Association, and the Review of Economic Dynamics. Before joining the University of Minnesota in 2019, De Nardi was a senior scholar at the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, a professor at UCL, a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. De Nardi received a B.A. from the University of Venice in Italy and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Prof Kevin Hoover

Hahn Lecture

Kevin D. Hoover is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Duke University.  He was educated at the College of William & Mary, the University of St. Andrews, and Oxford University.  He is the editor of the journal History of Political Economy and a past editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology.  He is past chairman of the International Network for Economic Method and past president of the History of Economics Society.  The author of The New Classical Macroeconomics, the Methodology of Empirical Macroeconomics, Causation in Macroeconomics, Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics, as well as many articles in monetary and macroeconomics, the history of economics, the philosophy of economics, and applied econometrics, his current research addresses causality, causal inference in economics, the history of macroeconomics, and the engagement with economics of the American pragmatist philosopher Charles. S. Peirce.

Prof Benjamin Moll

Economic Journal Lecture

Benjamin Moll is a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. He is a macroeconomist studying how the enormous heterogeneity observed at the micro level, and in particular the large disparities in income and wealth, impact the macro economy and macroeconomic policy. Moll’s work analyzes the macroeconomic and distributional consequences of monetary and fiscal policy as well as disruptions like the Covid-19 pandemic or the European energy crisis. Starting in January 2024, he will be a co-editor of the American Economic Review. Moll holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the recipient of the Bernácer Prize for best European economist under 40 working in macroeconomics and finance.

Prof Carl-Benedikt Frey

Conference Panel: Artificial Intelligence, welfare and policy regulation

Carl-Benedikt Frey is the Dieter Schwarz Associate Professor of AI & Work at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Fellow of Mansfield College, University of Oxford. He is also Director of the Future of Work Programme and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow at the Oxford Martin School.

In 2013, Frey co-authored The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization. With over 12,000 citations, the study’s methodology has been used by President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Bank of England, the World Bank, as well as the popular automation risk-prediction tool of the BBC. 

His most recent book, The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation, was selected a Financial Times Best Books of the Year in 2019, when it also won Princeton University’s prestigious Richard A. Lester Prize.

Dr Cosmina Dorobantu

Conference Panel: Artificial Intelligence, welfare and policy regulation

Dr Cosmina Dorobantu is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Public Policy Programme at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. With a team of 55+ full-time academics, the Programme is one of the largest research programmes in the world working at the intersection of public policy and AI.

She is a member of the UK Government’s Trade and Economy Panel, within the Department for Business and Trade, and the Mayor of London’s Data for London Board. Prior to joining the Turing, she was an Executive Director and Co-Founder of Aurora Energy Research, which is now the largest power analytics provider in Europe, with over 500 employees and offices in 10 countries.

She also spent five years at Google, defining the country’s investment and business strategy in Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She has a MPhil (obtained with Distinction) and a DPhil in Economics from Oxford.

Dr Zanna Iscenko

Conference Panel: Artificial Intelligence, welfare and policy regulation

Dr Zanna Iscenko is a Principal Economist in the Chief Economist’s Team at Google, focusing on competition and regulatory economics issues in AI as well as other digital markets. Her professional career prior to this includes roles as a data scientist at Spotify, a technical specialist in economics at the Financial Conduct Authority and an economics consultant at Oxera. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck, and a PhD in Economics from University College London.

Prof Jane Humphries

Prof Nicholas Crafts Memorial Lecture

Jane is Emeritus Professor and Fellow of All Souls College Oxford, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. She has edited the Economic History Review and been a member of the editorial boards of many leading journals.  She has been President of the Economic History Society, and of the Economic History Association.  She has published extensively on economic growth, the standard of living, labour markets, and women and children’s work.  She has won the Cole Prize for the outstanding article published in the Journal of Economic History, the Ranki Prize for an outstanding book in European Economic History, and the Royal Economic Society Prize for a major article in the Economic Journal.   The BBC4 documentary, ‘The Children who Built Victorian Britain’, which she co-wrote and presented, was voted the Best History Program at the International History Makers Festival in 2012.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the British Academy, the Cliometrics Society and the Economic History Association.  She was awarded a CBE for services to Social Science and Economic History in 2018 and holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Uppsala, Sheffield and Helsinki.  

Cormac Ó Gráda

Prof Nicholas Crafts Memorial Lecture

Cormac Ó Gráda is professor emeritus at the School of Economics, University College Dublin. He has published extensively on the economic history of Ireland, on famines in Ireland and globally, and on the Industrial Revolution. His books include Ireland: A New Economic History (1994); Black ’47 and Beyond (1999); Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Socioeconomic History (2006); Famine: A Short History (Princeton, 2009); and The Hidden Victims: Civilian Casualties of the Two World Wars (2024).


Tom Aldred

Prof Nicholas Crafts Memorial Lecture

Tom is Deputy Director of the Government Economic and Social Research team at HM Treasury. Tom joined the Government Economic Service in 2003 and previous roles include leading the Treasury’s review of the Green Book and a spell at UKGI, the UK Government’s centre of excellence on corporate governance. Tom is also a School Governor.