What economic history does the next UK government need to know?

What economic history does the next UK government need to know?
Why understanding economic history can be the key to successful government policymaking.


5:00PM – 6:00PM (Doors 4:45 pm)

McHugh’s Bar, 29-31 Queen’s Square, Belfast


The event will feature short, 10-minute presentations by some of Ireland’s top economic historians, discussing several past case studies and exploring the concept of government decision making and the role of the Chancellor of the Exchequer in this process.

This will be chaired by a stand-up comedian, and the conversation will be kept light and interesting for all audiences. It will then have a general discussion and Q&A session for attendees.

While the Prime Minister may lead the British government, it is the Chancellor of the Exchequer who holds the purse strings. It is in the corridors of 1 Horse Guards Parade, at HM Treasury, where the government is comparing the costs and benefits of different choices, making the tough decisions, and ultimately drive the UK economy forward (or backward!). Yet, as recent history has demonstrated, a misunderstanding of economics and economic history within this office can be catastrophic.

The Centre for Economics, Policy and History (CEPH) invites you to join several of Ireland’s finest economic historians for a roundtable discussion as they look at past decisions and how they can be used to inform the future. There are lessons that can be learned across history, from pandemic responses to great recessions. Understanding the consequences of past policy choices is crucial for any new Chancellor to succeed. Join members of CEPH as they walk through some important lessons from British and world history and explain how economic history can not only be interesting, but also nation-saving!

Who’s leading the event?

This event will be programmed by Dr. Chris Colvin, Reader in Economic History at Queen’s University Belfast. The live event will be hosted and chaired by historian and comedian Dr. Andrew Dorman. Panelists will be drawn from Queen’s University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin and Ulster University.

About CEPH

The Centre for Economics, Policy and History (CEPH) – an all-Ireland centre of excellence in policy-relevant economic history, was established in 2022 as a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. Funded by Ireland’s Higher Education Authority as part of their North-South Research Programme, it represents the best of modern academic economic research, particularly in the field of economic history.


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