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Festival of Economics to return to Bristol

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 01 November 2018 16:20

Festival of Economics to return to Bristol

Economists from around the world will be sharing knowledge and ideas at a big festival taking place in Bristol.

The Festival of Economics, which is taking place between 7 and 10 November, will see global experts debate and discuss how to create an 'economy for the future'.

Part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas, the event is expected to attract 5,000 people to talks and panel discussions over a four-day period.

Andrew Kelly, director of the Festival of Ideas, said: “Each year, experts from around the world debate with each other – and their audiences – some of the key economic questions of our time.

"We’re honoured this year to have over 30 speakers looking at issues as wide ranging as economic growth after Brexit, affordable and sustainable transport, women in the economy and the power of central banks.

"We’re delighted this festival is now associated with Triodos Bank. We have aspirations to make the festival bigger and reach new audiences, and the bank’s support will help us achieve this.”

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The festival, which has been organised by Cambridge University Professor Diane Coyle, includes a day for schools to debate economics issues with free entry, travel grants, and free attendance at the wider festival events.

It also includes an annual schools competition on Friday 9 November, where over 200 school children will compete against each other on solutions to pressing economic and societal problems.

Bevis Watts, managing director of Triodos Bank UK, which is sponsoring the event, said: “We support the Festival of Economics to foster further debate about our economic future.

"Now is the time to promote more alternative thinking around our economic and financial system.

"We can no longer measure success purely in terms of growth when our resources are finite – and we can work harder to create a global economy that works better for people and planet.”

Festival highlights include:

Wednesday 7 November at 6.30pm: Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Paul Tucker

Thursday 8 November at 12.30pm: Economist, author and broadcaster Linda Yueh

Thursday 8 November at 8pm: ‘Does Economics Care About the Future?’ panel event with Triodos Bank chief economist Kees Vendrik

Friday 9 November at 6.30pm: Chief economist of the Bank of England Andy Haldane

Picture credit: Bhagesh Sachania Photography

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