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Peston Lecture 2021: The Wellbeing of the Man or Woman on the Mile End Omnibus with Professor Danny Blanchflower CBE


On 14 October the School of Economics and Finance hosted the 2021 Peston Lecture which was held for the first time in its history, online, enabling the school to welcome attendees from all around the globe.

The annual Peston Lecture series honours the memory of Professor the Lord Maurice Peston, who founded the Economics Department (now the School of Economics and Finance) at Queen Mary and served as its first Head. In recognition of Lord Peston’s own combination of scholarly achievement and public service, the Peston Lectures focus on the interface of economics and public policy. Previous speakers include Mark Carney, David Currie, Charles Goodhart, Richard Lipsey, Robert Peston, Martin Weale, and Silvana Tenreyro.

Professor Danny Blanchflower, Queen Mary alumnus (Economics PhD, 1985) and Bruce V Rauner professor of Economics at Dartmouth College spoke on the importance of the everyday person in economics, and particularly in predicting recessions. The event was well attended with over 170 people tuning in from all over the world. If you would like to view the recording, please visit the Queen Mary Alumni YouTube page, and to access the slide pack, please visit the Queen Mary Network’s Digital Library or email



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