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Co-hosted with the LSE Festival 2024: Power and politics

Economics and wellbeing: Inflation, public debt and commercial wars

Olivier Blanchard (International Monetary Fund)

Monday 10 June 2024 17:00 - 18:00

This event is both online and in person

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ

About this event

What are the prospects for inflation? Is the level of public debt now dangerous? And will commercial wars between nations blight our future?

Professor Olivier Blanchard, former Chief Economist at the IMF, will explore how current global instability poses challenges to economic wellbeing.

For more details, visit LSE Events.


Olivier Blanchard is the Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT and C. Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. After obtaining his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977, he taught at Harvard University, and returned to MIT in 1982. He was chair of the economics department from 1998 to 2003. In 2008, he took a leave of absence to be the economic counselor and director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Richard Layard (Chair) is a labour economist who has worked for most of his life on how to reduce unemployment and inequality. He is also one of the first economists to work on happiness, and his main current interest is how better mental health could improve our social and economic life. He is founder-director of LSE's Centre for Economic Performance, and is co-director of the Centre's programme on Community Wellbeing.


This in-person event is free and open to all. To attend in person or online.

To attend in person, please visit LSE Events.

To attend online, please register via the LSE Festival's online events.

LSE festival 2024: power and politics

This event is part of the LSE festival: power and politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May.

LSE Festival 2024

Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.


This event will take place in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ.

The building is labelled CKK on the LSE campus map. You can also find us on Google Maps. For further information, go to contact us.