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When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence

Centre for Macroeconomics public lecture

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2013
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Stephen King
Chair: Professor Wouter DenHaan

The Western world has experienced extraordinary economic progress throughout the last six decades, a prosperous period so extended that continuous economic growth has come to seem normal. But such an era of continuously rising living standards is an historical anomaly, economist Stephen D. King warns, and the current stagnation of Western economies threatens to reach crisis proportions in the not-so-distant future. Praised for the 'dose of realism' he provided in his book 'Losing Control', King follows up in this volume with a plain-spoken assessment of where the West stands today. It's not just the end of an age of affluence, he shows. We have made promises to ourselves that are only achievable through ongoing economic expansion. The future benefits we expect - pensions, healthcare, and social security, for example - may be larger than tomorrow's resources. And if we reach that point, which promises will be broken and who will lose out? The lessons of history offer compelling evidence that political and social upheaval are often born of economic stagnation. King addresses these lessons with a multifaceted plan that involves painful - but necessary - steps toward a stable and just economic future.

Stephen King is HSBC’s Group Chief Economist and the Bank’s Global Head of Economics and Asset Allocation research. He is directly responsible for HSBC’s global economic coverage and co-ordinates the research of HSBC economists all over the world. He is currently the top-rated global economist in the annual Extel survey. His new book is When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence.

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  • Goran Baba A.


    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Ali P.

    Here- and it's looking full so were heading in- go straight in and we will meet afterwards! :)

    June 19, 2013

  • alex

    Sorry, unable to make it..

    June 19, 2013

  • Jack B.

    hi Ali

    I went to the LSE for the talk by John Kay who switched the topic to The Market Economy, with particular emphasis on Price Mechanisms and Rent Seeking. I had hoped to introduce myself to you then. However, never say die: will you be at this one on When the Money runs out/ (I don't trust those ATM machines either. I print my own notes !!)

    June 12, 2013

    • Ali P.

      Hi jack- sorry for the late reply and sorry that we missed each other last time- look forward to catching up at this one :) Ali

      June 16, 2013

  • Mike

    Hi. Can someone please advise what the cost is, as I have already RSVP'ed, but not paid. Thanks in advance.

    June 11, 2013

    • Ali P.

      Hi Fuad- its a free lecture so nothing- no need to sign up either- just turn up and attend the lecture- details of where we will all meet nearer the time

      June 11, 2013

  • Jack B.

    In the past, how have extremes of wealth been leveled out?

    May 25, 2013

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