Is Greed Really Dead?

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“In Greed Is Dead, a brief but dense polemic, Collier and Kay contend that this individualist ethos is “no longer intellectually tenable”.

The authors are democratic in their criticism: they are as scathing about the moral superiority of know-it-all academics or public sector workers (distinguished only by their better pensions) as they are about social media influencers, financially clueless Occupy protesters, or the modern day equivalents of Charles Dickens’s Mrs Jellyby — forever petitioning for the natives of Borrioboola-Gha, while doing nothing to address the social problems on their doorstep.”

Delphine Strauss in the Financial Times

“If you think this is going to be a sub-Corbynista, anticapitalist rant, think again.

Their analysis of the problem, which is a mini economics lesson, is clear, punchy and largely convincing. A market fundamentalism based around “Economic Man, an unappealing mammal,” gives rise to conditions “under which a society of sociopaths would be able to function”.

Christina Patterson in The Sunday Times
  • Panelist

    Sir Paul Collier CBE FBA

    A British development economist who serves as the Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government and the director of the International Growth Centre . He currently is a Professeur invité at Sciences Po and a Professorial Fellow of St Anthony's College, Oxford. He has served as a senior advisor to the Blair Commission for Africa and was the Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank between 1998 and 2003.

  • Panelist

    Prof John Kay CBE, FRSE, FBA, FAcSS

    A British economist. He was the first dean of Oxford’s Said Business School and has held chairs at London Business School, the University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics. He has been a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, since 1970. He is a Senior Fellow at RADIX.

  • Moderator

    Magdalena Polan

    Global Emerging Market Economist, Legal & General Investment Management. Formerly Economist at the International Monetary Fund and Senior Economist at Goldman Sachs. Magda is a Board Member and Chair of Fellows at RADIX. She is a graduate of KU Leuven and the University of Warsaw.


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Friday 13th November 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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