Economics: the Profession and the Public
Date: 5th May 2017
Venue: HM Treasury
This half-day symposium was organised by the Economics Network with the support of the Government Economic Service, Royal Economic Society and Scottish Economic Society. It brought bring together economists from academia, the media and government to discuss the communication of economics with the general public.
In particular, the event aimed to explore the public's understanding of economics and how economic literacy might be improved. In addition, it considered the relationship between economists and the media (this may include news media, documentary media, blogs, social media and websites).
At the symposium, Professor Alvin Birdi, Director of the Economics Network, presented some of the findings from our recent survey into public understanding of economics. Access the press release and links to the full report here.
The programme is available to download here.
Read/hear about the event
- Storify of the #UnderstandingEcon tweets
- Event Report, Alvin Birdi, Director, Economics Network
- 'Forecasts and favour' blog piece, Ian McMaster, Business Spotlight
- 'Economists have lost the public’s trust by meddling in politics', Paul Ormerod, City AM
- Interview with Alvin Birdi, BBC Today Programme (19 mins 45 sec)
- 'Do you feel you know enough about economics?', ING eZonomics