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Royal Economic Society Annual Public Lecture 2021: Why digital is so disruptive

The Royal EconLondon Skyline with cloudsomic Society is pleased to announce that the RES Annual Public Lecture will be held online on Thursday 6 May between 1pm – 2.30pm.

Established in 2001, the RES Annual Public Lecture provides an opportunity for school students to watch internationally-renowned economists present their research. Principally aimed at sixth form students, the APL has become an established part of the senior school calendar.

This year’s event will be online and we are pleased to be co-hosting this with the University of York.

This year’s lecture will be chaired by RES President Dame Carol Propper and delivered by Prof. Diane Coyle CBE, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Why digital is so disruptive: The Internet can be traced back to 1969, the World Wide Web to 1990, and iPhone to 2007 – yet it is only in the past few years that “digital disruption” has become a big theme in business. In this lecture, Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, and an expert on the digital economy, will explore why digital technology is rewiring the economy – especially now so much activity has been driven online – what economists are learning about its consequences, and how economic policies need to change.

Book your place here.


Economics Applicant Talk and Q&A – Thursday 6 May 2021, 5 – 6pm

Following the lecture, there will be a short talk hosted by Head of Department Professor James Reade and others within the department.  They will discuss current topics such as Digital Disruption and will leave plenty of time for questions after the talk.

This will be a Teams Meeting.

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6th May 2021
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm