School of Economics and Finance

The Peston Lecture 2015: In honour of Lord Peston

25 April 2016

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In March 2015, Robert Peston, Lord Peston's son and acclaimed journalist, gave the annual Peston Lecture.

In his words, " In March 2015, I gave a lecture in honour of my dad, the annual Peston Lecture at Queen Mary College - where he founded the economics department 50 years ago. It felt a bit odd to do so, but I am pleased that I did. I tried in the lecture to capture the spirit of his commitment to social justice. ... The world has obviously changed since I wrote it well over a year ago. But I think the fundamental argument remains relevant."

Since social justice was the key inspiration for so much of Lord Peston's work in academic economics and public policy, we think it is most fitting to publish the text of Robert Peston's March 2015 lecture here.

Peston Lecture, March 3 2015 [PDF 186KB] [PDF 186 KB]