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Public policies over the life cycle

Monday 17 October 2016

Join us for the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Marco Manacorda, Professor of Economics and Professor Barbara Petrongolo, Professor of Economics.

Wednesday 23 November 2016, 6.30pm
Skeel Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Lecture synopsis

Key to the role of governments is the provision of assistance, education, welfare and protection against major risks in life such as unemployment and sickness. Marco Manacorda and Barbara Petrongolo’s research has explored the design and impact of public policies through the lens of economics from birth to adulthood, in developed and developing countries. Key to the optimal design of public policies is the understanding of the interplay between their normative objectives and agents’ behaviour. This talk explores the intended and unintended consequences of public policies interventions in several areas and at different stages of the life cycle, including investment in health, schooling and labour market participation.

The lecture will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

Meet our Professors

Marco Manacorda is a Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University of London as well as a Research Associate at CEP at the London School of Economics, and a Research Fellow of CEPR and IZA. Marco’s interest and expertise are in the economic analysis of public policies. His research to date has analysed topics as varied as international migration, family arrangements and fertility, child labour, schooling and early child development, social protection, unemployment and skills mismatch, labour market informality and wage inequality, violence and corruption, voting and political participation. He has written and researched on Latin America, Europe, the USA, and Africa.   He regularly collaborates with and advises international organizations, (Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, OECD, ILO, UNICEF) and national governments.

Barbara Petrongolo is Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University, Director of the CEPR Labour Economics Programme and Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics. She has previously held positions at the London School of Economics, the Paris School of Economics and the University of Carlos III (Madrid). Her main area of interest is applied labour economics. She has worked extensively on the performance of labour markets with job search frictions, with applications to unemployment dynamics, welfare policy and interdependencies across local labour markets. She has also carried out research on the causes and characteristics of gender inequalities in labour market outcomes, in a historical perspective and across countries, with emphasis on the role of employment selection mechanisms, structural transformation, and interactions within the household.

Attendance is free of charge but you must book in advance:

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