11th February 2014
Writing: Edward Bond (Year 12)
‘Economics, the enemy?’: this was the title of the lecture, presented by Dr Phillip Roscoe at the London School of Economics, which a group of economics students attended the Tuesday before half term.
Once we had arrived at the university, after a walk from Holborn station, we took our seats in one of the modern-looking lecture halls, and awaited Dr Roscoe. After the chairman had made various references to Dr Roscoe’s new book, the lecture commenced.
The doctor began by giving anecdotes as to the reasons why economics has failed, including stories of Norwegian fisherman, and the consequences of privatising the transplant industry. He then went on to use complex language surrounding in depth economic theories: much of which much went over our heads, but it was engaging nonetheless.
For the last half an hour, Dr Roscoe was hit with some not-so-quick-fire questions (more like lectures), which the Chairman broke down into understandable English, for Dr Roscoe to then respond to - which he did particularly well. There were mixed thoughts between the members of the group afterwards, on the points raised and the general quality of the lecture. However, all in all, a good trip out, to a great university, and we look forward to taking advantage of the next such opportunity.