Knoop lecture

Inaugurated in 2012, the annual Knoop Lecture is given in honour of Professor Douglas Knoop (1883-1948), perhaps the most influential figure in the Department of Economics' history.

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The 2019 Knoop lecture 

Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy
Professor Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake

4:45pm (5:00pm start), Tuesday 19 November 2019
Lecture Theatre 6, The Diamond

Please note that due to the General Election being called for Thursday 12 December 2019, we ask that the content of this lecture is not reported outside of the venue.

The Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield is proud to welcome Professor Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake to give the 2019 Knoop Lecture - the Department's annual public lecture.

The title of the lecture will be Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy.

Professor Jonathan Haskel and co-author Stian Westlake will examine how early in the twenty-first century, for the first time, major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets (like design, branding, R&D, or software) than in tangible assets (like machinery, buildings, and computers). From tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly defining the economy. What are the implications of this profound shift? This lecture explores how businesses, households and governments might respond to this upheaval in our economic and social world.

Jonathan is Professor at Imperial College London and an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, which is responsible for delivering price stability and supporting growth and employment in the economy.

Stian Westlake has served as lead adviser to three UK science and universities ministers. Prior to this, he was an Executive Director at Nesta, the UK's national foundation for innovation, where he ran an innovation policy think-tank.

The 2019 Knoop Lecture will take place on Tuesday, 19 November 2019.

Professor Haskel will be available to sign copies of his new book Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy after the lecture. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

Please arrive for the lecture at 4.45pm for a 5.00pm start.

The venue will be in Lecture Theatre 6, The Diamond, University of Sheffield Ref G3 199 on the campus map.

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Jonathan Haskel biography 

Professor Jonathan Haskel was previously Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London. He has taught at the University of Bristol and London Business School and been a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA; Stern School of Business, New York University, USA; and visiting researcher at the Australian National University.

He is an elected member of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) and a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, and the IZA, Bonn.

Since September 2015, he has been a member of the Financial Conduct Authority Competition Decisions Committee and the Payment System Regulator Enforcement and Competition Decisions Committee.

Since 1 February 2016, he has been a non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority.

He has been on the editorial boards of Economica, Journal of Industrial Economics and Economic Policy.

Between 2013 and 2016, he was an elected member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society and between November 2012 and December 2015, a member of the "Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts" (RISE) high level group advising the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science on policy.

Twitter @haskelecon

Stian Westlake biography

Stian Westlake has served as lead adviser to three UK science and universities ministers. Prior to this, he was an Executive Director at Nesta, the UK's national foundation for innovation, where he ran an innovation policy think-tank.

Twitter @stianwestlake

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Past Knoop lectures

2018

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy
Professor Mariana Mazzucato

2017

Stopping exploitation of labour: Enforcing regulatory standards to boost compliance
Professor Sir David Metcalf CBE, Director of Labour Market Enforcement

2016

Does Competition in Healthcare Work?
Professor Carol Propper

2015

After the Storm: The World Economy and Britain's Economic Future
The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable

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