John Maynard Keynes: The Man, The Ideas, The Debate

Dec 8, 2016

Time & Date
Friday 16th December 2016

09:00 – Registration
09:30 – Start
13:00 – End


6th Floor
8-10 Great George Street

2016 is both the eightieth anniversary of the publication of Keynes’s The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money and the fortieth anniversary of the abandonment of the post-war Keynesian economic consensus in 1976.

The Great Recession shook again the foundations of much of the intellectual and policy consensus that followed the collapse of post-war Keynesianism. In a world of alleged secular stagnation, savings gluts, liquidity traps, quiescent animal spirits, high uncertainty and fears of technological unemployment, Lord Keynes has never seemed more relevant.

Video footage of the conference is on the Policy Exchange YouTube channel — please see links below to watch individual sessions



The current agenda is as follows:

09:00 – Conference opens

09:30-10:15 – Keynote Speech: The General Theory Eighty Years On
Lord Macpherson of Earl’s Court, GCB | Former Permanent Secretary to the Treasury
With Professor Paul Omerod | Visiting Professor of Decision Making Uncertainty, UCL

Click here to watch the Keynote Speech

10:15-11:00 – Panel 1: “Pushing on a String.” What is the Right Balance Between Fiscal and Monetary Policy?
Chair: Warwick Lightfoot | Director of Research and Head of Economics and Social Policy, Policy Exchange
Professor Tony Yates | Professor of Economics, Birmingham Business School
Dr John Llewellyn | Partner & Co-Founder, Llewellyn Consulting
Vicky Pryce | Economics & Business Consultant
Joe Grice | Chairman, Economic Experts Working Group, Office for National Statistics

Click here to watch Panel 1

11:00-11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15-12:00 – Panel 2: “The Age of Leisure”: Was Keynes right about work and leisure?
Chair: Dr Gerard Lyons | Chief Economic Adviser | Policy Exchange
Duncan Weldon | Head of Research | Resolution Group
Torsten Bell | Director | Resolution Foundation
Frances Coppola | Writer | Coppola Comment
Daniel Susskind | Economics Fellow | Oxford University

Click here to watch Panel 2

12:00-12:45 – Panel 3: Keynes the Man: Artist and Investor
Chair: Dr Gerard Lyons | Chief Economic Adviser, Policy Exchange
Lord Skidelsky | Member, House of Lords & Biographer of Keynes
John Woods | Independent Researcher
Professor Elroy Dimson | Chairman, Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
David Thornton | Editor, Growth Company Investor

Click here to watch Panel 3

12:45-13:30 – Buffet Lunch & Free Discussion

13:30 – Conference Closes




All timings are approximate. We hope you will join us for what will be a stimulating and timely debate.

This event is likely to be oversubscribed. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To apply for a place please email


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