Econopolis Economic Encounter

How ideas and ideology, not capital, enriched the world

  • What explains economic growth? Why did some European countries experience an explosion in individual prosperity over the past 200 years and others not?
  • Will automation destroy jobs and exacerbate inequality?
  • Does inequality of income really matters when the condition of the working class, or the poorest in society, improves?


Practical info

Tuesday, December 4th 2018
Registration and welcome from 3:45 p.m.
The conference starts at 4:20 p.m. sharp

Irish College,
Janseniusstraat 1
3000 Leuven

Free entry and on invitation only

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3:45 p.m. Registration
4:20 p.m. Welcome
by Professor Jozef Konings, Director VIVES KU Leuven, Professor Economics, KU Leuven and the University of Liverpool Management School
4:30 p.m. Introduction
by Johan Van Overtveldt, Federal Minister of Finance
How ideas and ideology, not capital, enriched the world

by Professor Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago
5:00 p.m. Debate
between Professor Deirdre McCloskey, Minister Johan Van Overtveldt, Professor Koenraad De Backere (General Manager at KU Leuven) and Geert Noels,
moderated by Professor Jozef Konings
5:45 p.m. Closing words
by Geert Noels, Founder & Chief Economist Econopolis
6:00 p.m. Reception


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