Swithun’s School hosted an Institute of Economic Affairs A level Economics
Conference on 3 March.
of the school’s sixth-form economists were joined for the day by South Downs
College and Sherfield School, Hampshire.
Tucker, education outreach officer of the IEA, chaired the conference. The IEA
is a UK free-market think-tank, founded in 1955 that promotes the intellectual
case for a free economy, low taxes, freedom in education, health and welfare
and lower levels of regulation in the context of the current economic
challenges facing Britain and the wider global environment.
at the conference included Dr Steve Davies, Education Director at the IEA, Dr
Lynne Kiesling, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Northwestern
University, Illinois and Ewan Stewart from Walbrook Economics, independent
Dr Davies spoke to the students about globalisation and Britain’s future trading
partners, giving a unique perspective of economic history in the context of
today’s global economy. In addition, Dr Davies concluded the day with a short
talk on the importance and role of the economist in providing research and
analysis that has contributed to the increase in overall living standards of
Lynne Kiesling, one of few female economists, spoke about the conflict between
the energy markets and the wider ecological environment including the role of
property rights in a free market economy.
Stewart spoke about the current state of the UK, US and EU economies in the
context of the credit crunch and recent return to growth.
organiser, Mrs Jacqueline Campbell, head of economics at St Swithun’s said “The
students were fully engaged for the four hours of lectures and left the day
with many important and relevant talking points in the lead up to exams.”