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Central Banking after the Great Recession

28 November 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Chatham House, London


Lecturer: Professor Sir Charles Bean, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics; Member, Budget Responsibility Committee, Office for Budget Responsibility
Respondent: The Rt Hon Ed Balls, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School; Visiting Professor, Policy Institute King’s College London; Economic Secretary, HM Treasury, Labour Party (2006-07)
Chair: Dame Frances Cairncross, Trustee, The Wincott Foundation; Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh



Two people at the centre of the 2008 global financial crisis, Professor Sir Charles Bean and The Rt Hon Ed Balls, will offer their thoughts on the great recession and the policies and procedures which have been adopted in its wake by central banks to try to mitigate a future crash.

This event is in association with the Wincott Foundation and is the 47th Annual Harold Wincott Memorial Lecture.

The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day. It seeks to contribute to a better understanding of economic issues, principally by supporting and encouraging high quality economic, financial and business journalism. Since 1970, it has organized and sponsored an annual Harold Wincott Memorial Lecture. Past lecturers have included Milton Friedman, James Meade, F.A. Hayek, Lionel Robbins, George Stigler, Samuel Brittan, Jagdish Bhagwati, Raghuram Rajan, Martin Wolf and, last year, Harold James. For further information, go to


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