Bringing Economics to life
The 11th Warwick Economics Summit was by far the biggest and most internationally diverse in its history.
Two new schemes were launched: the Future Leaders Research Competition in cooperation with Reinvention, the Journal of Undergraduate Research, and the Warwick Economics Summit Bursary, giving students with academic merit and demonstrable financial need the financial support required to come to the Summit.
Winners from both new schemes attended the Summit from the University of Cambridge, Harvard University and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
The 2012 Summit was the second Warwick Economics Summit to welcome a Nobel Laureate in Professor George A. Akerlof – but it was Dr. Adam Posen of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee who attracted the attention of the national press.
Speakers during the Summit weekend included:
- Professor George A. Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2001) and Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley on "Phishing for Phools"
- Professor Steven E. Landsburg, bestselling author of The Armchair Economist and Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, New York on "More Sex is Safer Sex and Other Surprises"
- Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, voted the best Central Bank Governor in the World in 2011 and featured in Time Magazine's TIME100 list of most influential people of 2011 on "Banking reforms in Nigeria and its Impact on the Economy"
- Rufus H. Yerxa, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation on "The WTO in an Era of Change"
- Dr Adam Posen, Member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee on "What we should re-learn about macroeconomics from the British Great Recession"
- Baroness Vadera, former Government Minister and Investment Banker on "In Conversation about the Euro Crisis"
- Paul Ormerod, renowned British economist on "21st Century Economics"
- John O'Sullivan, Britain Economics Editor for The Economist on "Greece and the Euro Crisis"