UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Director's Seminar: Health economics post-covid

05 November 2020, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Directors Seminars 2020

Andrew Oswald will lead a discussion on COVID-19 and UK Policy

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The coronavirus pandemic has created understandable difficulties for policymakers in the UK and beyond.  Andrew Oswald will discuss what seems to have gone wrong and gone right.  He will be especially interested in the conflict between the advocates and critics of the 'lockdown' approach.  He hopes to present some of the first UK data on whether so-called age segmentation might be possible as a way of saving lives (drawing on joint work with Thijs Van Rens at Warwick).

The Speaker: 

Andrew Oswald

Andrew Oswald is a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick. His research is principally in applied economics and quantitative social science. It currently includes work on the COVID-19 crisis and health economics. In more normal times Andrew Oswald also works on the empirical study of job satisfaction, human happiness, mental health, unemployment, labour productivity, and the influence of diet on psychological well-being. He serves on the board of editors of Science. Previously at Oxford and the London School of Economics, with spells as Lecturer, Princeton University (1983-4); De Walt Ankeny Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (1989-91); Jacob Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University (2005); Visiting Fellow, Cornell University (2008); Research Director, IZA Bonn (2011-12); Visiting Fellow, University of Zurich (2016); Visiting Fellow, Yale University (2016). He is an ISI Highly-Cited Researcher.