Past Events

The Future of Capitalism 12th October 2018

Friday 12 October 2018

A public lecture hosted by the Spinoza Foundation, the Department of Economics, and STICERD, in which Professor Sir Paul Collier discussed the topics covered in his book, The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties.

The book examines the economic, social and cultural rifts opened by modern capitalism. As well as including his personal reflections moving from working-class Sheffield to Oxford and working between Britain and Africa, he offered a wider perspective on ethics, economics and the capacity of our system of government to respond to the challenges that he identifies.

The event was free and open to all and was chaired by Professor Sir Tim Besley.

Paul Collier

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government

Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 1998–2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po and a Director of the International Growth Centre.

He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanization in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organizational cultures.

Tim Besley

President of the International Economic Association

Tim Besley served on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee from September 2006 to August 2009 and is School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics.

He is a member of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and his research interests are focused on aspects of economic policy formation.