February 11, 2013

Rabbit–proof ring fence (Warwick Economics Summit 2013)

Writing about web page http://www.warwickeconomicssummit.com/

Photo of a rabbit edging close to the camera

The banking sector ring fence: Is it ‘rabbit-proof’ or will ‘banking bunnies’ find a way to burrow underneath?

We are just a few days away from the sixth annual Warwick Economics Summit (WES) and buzz is growing around the announced guest speakers and the insights they will offer on subjects as diverse as fiscal policy, marketing and international development.

We’re keen at Knowledge Centre HQ to find out about George Osbourne’s recently ‘electrified’ ring fence. Are those that dare to approach it going to get a small shock, a warning to back off from going any further, or is the banking equivalent of Fluffy (above) going to be flash fried by a 1,000 metaphorical vaults coursing through its tiny bunny-banker body?

There will be a wider focus to the weekend beyond that of UK fiscal and monetary policy. The Summit is an international affair where students and academics from the University of Warwick, along with those from other institutions (both here in the UK and overseas) as well as guests from outside academia can listen to an eclectic range of inspirational speakers. Previous presentations have come from Lord Digby Jones, Business Ambassador at UK Trade & Investment; Professor George Akerlof, the 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics Sciences; and Tim Harford, the BBC’s More or Less presenter and the Undercover Economist for the Financial Times. Tim gave an entertaining presentation on the economics of sex, alcohol and happiness two years ago.

Among those speaking this year are Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Home Civil Service and University of Warwick alumnus; Andrew Bailey, Executive Director and Managing Director of the Prudential Business Unit, Bank of England; Rory Sutherland, marketing expert and Spectator columnist; and Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who will give the keynote speech for the Summit.

The Knowledge Centre will be putting some questions to these speakers. We’ll aim to find out:

  • Is the balance right between fiscal and monetary policy?
  • What advice would you give to Mark Carney before he takes on his new post at the Bank of England?
  • What differences will we see, or would you like to see, in George Osbourne’s “year of change?”
  • What are your hopes for the Prudential Regulation Authority?
  • Are we going to flash fry Fluffy?

Tickets range from £45 to £99 for attendees, with the higher rate ticket price including two nights’ accommodation.

Further details of the Warwick Economics Summit can be found on the WES website or via the Summits’ social media channels.

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