Economics taster session

This taster session gives you an insight into studying Economics at university.

Student sitting around a laptop

Discussing inequality in an unequal world

How do economic outcomes such as income, wealth and poverty, vary across individuals within the same country and between individuals in different countries? To what extent do we want to change the amount of inequality we observe, and what then should be done to reform policy around inequality? The aim of this session is to get the students thinking and talking about a topic which surveys have shown young people to view as the most important economic issue of the day: inequality.  

Steven introduces the topic of inequality (which a national survey of economics undergraduates identified as their number one economic concern). The guests are then divided into breakout groups to discuss some questions about inequality, with each group led by one of our PhD students. Then the groups will come back together as a full group to summarise the group discussions, and Steven will point out some of the work done in the department on inequality. The session will finish with a Q&A allowing them to ask any general questions they have about studying, Sheffield or economics. 

When: Tuesday 10 May 2022, 4.00pm - 5.30pm 

Age group: Year 12 and Year 13

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Please be advised that bookings for all taster sessions will close at 10am the day before the session, or earlier if the session becomes fully-booked. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

If you are a teacher, please encourage your pupils to book individually.


Please note, this is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

Time Activity
4.00pm Welcome and settle in
4.10pm Introduction and overview: Economics of inequality
4.25pm Group activity
4.45pm Share ideas about inequality
5.05pm Research and teaching about inequality
5.15pm Q&A studying economics at the University of Sheffield
5.30pm Finish

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