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Debate: Should economic growth be the primary goal of economic policy?

Should economic growth be the primary goal of economic policy?

Wednesday 17th September, 6.30pm
St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside
London EC2V 6AU

Supporting economic growth was demarcated as a 'top priority' by G7 nations when they met in Brussels in June 2014. There is a further commitment to 'present ambitious and comprehensive growth strategies' at the G20 Summit to be held in November this year.

An increase in GDP can be a good indicator of confidence across sectors, but it can also promote an excessive focus on money as a measure of wellbeing. Are there viable alternatives that should be considered, or is economic growth the clearest path to resolving a large number of societal problems? If growth shouldn't be the 'top priority' as indicated by the G7 and G20 summits, then what should replace it?

Involving key speakers at the highest levels of UK economic policymaking and utilising the two pulpits at St Mary-le-Bow Church, located in the heart of the City of London, this poignant debate comes at a pivotal time for global economic thinking and reform.


(Affirmative) Dr Andrew Lilico
, Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics

(Negative) Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England.

Moderated by Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul's Institute.

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