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  • Date and time: Friday 7 June 2019, 10.50am to 12.30pm
  • Location: RCH/037, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

In this age of globalisation, who is the economy for and who really benefits?  In partnership with the Friends Provident Foundation, our Festival Focus Day begins by asking how we can transform the discipline of Economics. What lessons can we learn from history and the present day?

Our expert speakers include David Blanchflower of Dartmouth College, USA, author of Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone; Sarah Smith of the University of Bristol; Linda Yueh, author of The Great Economists; and Danielle Walker Palmour, Director of the Friends Provident Foundation.    

Travelling to the event

Public transport is the easiest way to travel to the University of York campus with frequent bus services from the city centre. If travelling by car to Campus East (Piazza Building and the Ron Cooke Hub), please use the Field Lane and Kimberlow Lane car parks. Maps and directions are available at

This event is part of the Festival Focus Day A Fair Economy. A Better World. Why not stay for The Women Shaping the New British Economy and The Postcode Lottery: Globalisation and the left behind?

About the speakers

David G. Blanchflower is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College,USA, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the author of Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone and co-author of The Wage Curve. He was awarded Princeton University's Richard A. Lester Prize for 'the most outstanding book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics published in 1994', and was awarded Business Person of the Year by the Daily Telegraph in 2008. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2009, for services to the Monetary Policy Committee and economics. Twitter @D_Blanchflower

Danielle Walker Palmour has been Director of the Friends Provident Foundation since November 2004, following six years as Director of Policy and Practice at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. She has previously occupied senior policy and research roles throughout the non-governmental sector including the head of policy of what is now The National Lottery Community Fund, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Law Society of England and Wales. She has been a member of the Treasury’s Financial Inclusion Taskforce, the Civil Society Advisory Body of the Cabinet Office and the Financial Services Authority Financial Capability Steering Group. She currently holds non-executive roles at Big Society Capital and publishers Civil Society Media; she is a member of the University Court of the University of York as well as a trustee of a number of Yorkshire charities.

Sarah Smith is Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Bristol. She began her career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and worked in HM Treasury and the Financial Services Authority. Her research interests are in public policy – including pensions, welfare and more recently, charitable giving. She is the current chair of the Royal Economic Society Women’s Committee, which works to promote the status of women in economics at all levels, through mentoring events for junior academics and more recently, active steps to encourage more girls to study economics at school and university.

Professor Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. She is also Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS and Associate Fellow, Chatham House in the Global Economy and Finance Department and U.S. and the Americas Programme. She was Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. Her latest book is The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today, selected by The Times as one of the Best Business Books of 2018 and by Newsweek magazine as one of the Best Fiction and Non-Fiction Books of 2018. 


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible