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Business and Economics

  • Modern Society and the Economics of Happiness

    The Centre welcomed Professor Richard Easterlin (Professor of Economics, University of Southern California), Professor Andrew Clarke (Paris School of Economics) for a two strand event, the first taking place at the University of Warwick with an audience of students, academics and staff from across all areas of the University and the second taking place in Central London, chaired by Emma Duncan (Deputy Editor, The Economist) where the speakers were joined by members of the Policy Making community, Economists and Statisticians. The debate addressed the following questions: What are the appropriate goals for a modern society? Should economic growth be a major priority? How do we balance environmental concerns with the goal of higher GDP? What are the causes and policy implications of risky health behaviours? The event created much interest from both the Warwick Knowledge Centre and journalists, including Olaf Storbeck, the International Economics Correspondent with Handelsblatt, Germany's business daily who interviewed Professor Easterlin for his blog.
  • Working Capital - Podcast Series

    A recently launched project at Warwick Business School seeks to bring together the worlds of business and the arts in a creative, academic context. The Working Capital project is a chance for staff, students and alumni at WBS to enhance their teaching and learning through the introduction of creative approaches, techniques and culture. A series of podcasts about the project, including those from a recent workshop event using drama to investigate the banking crisis, are now available.
  • WBS Forum Series

    The WBS Forum Series is an annual series of lectures held at the University of Warwick and in London featuring WBS alumni speaking on a variety of subjects.
  • Inaugural Lectures from Warwick Business School

    In the last four months, Warwick Business School (WBS) has appointed 13 new professors across a broad range of subject areas and expertise. Dean of WBS, Professor Mark Taylor, has established an Inaugural Lecture Series, to be delivered by these new professors on a topic related to their research.
  • Warwick Investment Forum 2011

    The Warwick Investment Forum was birthed out of a strong desire to facilitate interaction and the sharing of ideas, right in the middle of the Great Credit Crisis. Our aim is to establish an internationally recognised first-class forum on current issues within the investment and financial sector. The Warwick Investment Forum will strive to provide students, professionals and academics with a unique and interactive networking platform that promotes the sharing of cutting edge knowledge. Our aim is to introduce professionals, their organisations, and their opinions to the latest academic research findings, and enrich the discussion with the novel, creative and diverse views of students. The forum targets students from the Warwick Business School, the University of Warwick, as well as other leading Universities from the UK and Europe.
  • Prof Lord Robert Skidelsky - How Much is Enough?

    Prof Lord Robert Skidelsky's lecture, entitled 'How Much is Enough? The Economics of the Good Life', contributes to the growing debate on the value of wealth prompted by the economic downturn. Lord Skidelsky argues that wealth is not an end in itself but a means to the achievement and maintenance of a 'good life' and that our economy should be organised to reflect this fact. This collection also includes a lecture by Dr Edward Skidelsky on the relationship between happiness and economic growth, and a discussion between Prod Lord Skidelsky and Prof Nick Crafts.
  • International Financial Reform: In Praise of Unlevel Playing Fields

    The 2nd Warwick Commission focuses on International Financial Reform and brings together a range of world-class economists, political scientists, and lawyers from both the scholarly and policy worlds to explore how international financial reform can move beyond questions of architecture and towards how it may be possible to build consensus. In a path-breaking report on reforming the international financial system in the wake of the global crisis, the Commission chaired by Avinash D. Persaud makes five key recommendations that they believe will enhance financial stability.
  • The Business of Football

    A collection of podcasts and videos from experts at the University of Warwick and Warwick Business School discussing the business of football, including the branding, marketing, internationalisation, psychology and economics of the game.
  • What future for the business of regional newspapers?

    The University of Warwick recently hosted a debate between four leading media figures about their hopes and fears for the future of business media. CBI Head and former Financial Times Editor Richard Lambert; BBC Media Correspondent Torin Douglas (Chair); Marc Reeves, the Editor of the Birmingham Post and David Arnott, Associate Professor of Marketing and e-business at Warwick Business School examined these issues with an audience of opinion formers and business leaders from across the Midlands.
  • How to thrive in challenging times

    Can the financial system, as we know it, continue? Over the coming decade, how is the political and economic framework of economic policy likely to change, and how is this likely to impact on business and industry? This seminar was jointly hosted by Warwick Business School & the Economics Department.
  • No Paradise without Banks

    Warwick Business School hosted a free public forum on the impact of the recession in Latin America on the 2nd June, led by José Juan Ruiz Gómez of the Santander Group. 'No Paradise without Banks' looked at how the current crisis is being felt in Latin America by looking at its origins, the problem of leveraging, consequences and the impact in Latin America as well as the problems faced on the road to recovery. Sr Gómez is the Director of Analysis and Strategy at the Santander Group and the forum is part of the Santander Universities Partnership which Warwick signed in November 2008.
  • The Role of the Multilateral Trading System in the Recent Economic Crisis

    Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, lead a public lecture at the University of Warwick on Wednesday 15 July, focusing on 'The Role of the Multilateral Trading System in the Recent Crisis'. The event was chaired by Warwick's Chancellor, and Director of the CBI, Richard Lambert, with a response from Martin Wolf CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator for the Financial Times.
  • The Global Credit Crunch and the Global Economy: Causes Threats and Opportunities

    The financial crisis that has gripped global markets over the last year or so is generating a global economic downturn of a severity not seen since the 1930s. On that occasion, a collapse of credit, trade, production, and living standards was associated with the spread of state intervention and fundamental shift in the political landscape.
  • Political Economy of the Subprime Crisis

    The subprime crisis and ensuing credit crunch has once again placed global finance and its (lack of) regulatory arrangements at the heart of mainstream political discourse. Straightforward media alarm at instability and contagion have confirmed faltering market sentiment and prompted the usual calls for transparency and accountability by politicians and central bankers. But the subprime crisis is also a signal event, highlighting deeper changes related to the ongoing financialisation of global capitalism and how this impacts upon people as they attempt to conduct their everyday lives. The unprecedented expansion of individual credit and debt has fostered a plethora of risk management techniques that point to urgent questions linked to the very sustainability of the global financial system in its current form. In this way the subprime crisis can be read as the fulcrum of wider shifts in the nature of debt, risk and expectations regarding (ir)responsible financial behaviour.
  • Networks and communities of practice

    Using networks and communities of practice to improve organisational learning and performance.
  • Business and Economics at Warwick University

    A collection of podcasts and videos from the University of Warwick focussing on research stories in business and economics.