National Investment Banks: a lecture by Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones

29 January 2019
UCL Cruciform Building

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Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones (Columbia University, NY; University of Sussex, and PEF Council member) is one of the world’s leading experts on public development banks, having advised several national governments and international organisations, such as the United Nations, World Bank, and European Parliament, on their role in a dynamic economy.

In this special public lecture, co-hosted by PEF and UCL’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), Professor Griffith-Jones will outline the case for establishing a public development bank in the UK, drawing from the evidence presented in her most recent book, The Future of National Development Banks (Oxford University Press, co-edited with Professor José Antonio Ocampo). She will be joined by the Shadow Chancellor Rt Hon. John McDonnell MP, who will speak on Labour’s plans for a National Investment Bank and the role such an institution could play in a transformed UK economy.

These speeches will be followed by comment from Dr Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge, PEF Council member), author of the best-selling books 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: a User’s Guide (Penguin); and Dr Joshua Ryan-Collins, Head of Research at IIPP and most recently author of Why Can’t You Afford a Home? (Polity). There will then be the opportunity for Q&A with members of our panel, followed by a drinks reception in UCL’s Wilkins Building.

This will be the third installment of PEF’s public lecture series, following the success of Lord Skidelsky’s lecture on the lessons Keynes can offer to today’s Left, and Will Hutton’s address on the reforms needed to address the structural inequities and divisions laid bare by the Brexit vote. To keep up to date with PEF’s work, you can follow us on Twitter (@pef_online) and sign up to our mailing list.

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Photo credit: Flickr / Ian Dick