UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Whither Inflation? - Round Table I

07 December 2022, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm


Join us to hear a round table discussion between Torsten Bell, Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation; Yeva Nersisyan Research Scholar, Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Associate Professor of economics, Franklin and Marshall College; and Isabella Weber, PERI Research Associate and Research Leader in China Studies; Assistant Professor of Economics. This talk will be chaired by IIPP’s Dr Carolina Alves followed by questions from the audience.

This event is free.

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Background material linked to this seminar: 

Konings, M. (2022). The Asset Economy Strikes Again. Boston Review.

Nersisyan, Y. and Wray, L. R (2022) Is it Time for Rates Hikes? The Fed cannot Engineer a Soft Landing but Risks Stagflation by Trying. Public Policy Brief, 157, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

Nersisyan, Y. and Wray, L. R (2022) What’s Causing Accelerating Inflation Pandemic or Policy Response? Working Paper, 1003, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

Nersisyan, Y. and Baker, D. Agree to Disagree: Can the Fed Manage a Soft Landing? Podcast: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates.

Weber, I. M., Jauregui, J.L., Teixeira, L., and Nassif Pires, L. (2022). Inflation in Times of Overlapping Emergencies: Systemically Significant Prices from an Input-output Perspective. Economics Department Working Paper Series. 340.

This in person event will take place at 11 Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BP.

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About the Speakers

Torsten Bell

Chief Executive at Resolution Foundation

Torsten Bell
Torsten Bell is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, a think tank that combines analytical rigour with policy prescriptions to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. He has a background in economic policy, and his research focuses on economic change, inequality, the labour market, tax and benefits, and wealth. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten was Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He has also worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the financial crisis and as a civil servant. Torsten is a trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. More about Torsten Bell

Martijn Konings

Professor of Political Economy and Social Theory at The University of Sydney

Martijn Konings
Martijn Konings is Professor of Political Economy and Social Theory at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Development of American Finance (2011), The Emotional Logic of Capitalism (2015), Neoliberalism (co-authored with Damien Cahill, 2017), Capital and Time (2018), and The Asset Economy (co-authored with Lisa Adkins and Melinda Cooper, 2020)

Material: https://bostonreview.net/articles/the-asset-economy-strikes-again

More about Martijn Konings

Yeva Nersisyan

Research Scholar and Associate Professor of economics at Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Franklin and Marshall College

Yeva Nersisyan
Yeva Nersisyan is an Associate Professor of economics at Franklin and Marshall College and a Research Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. She received her B.A. in economics from Yerevan State University in Armenia, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a macroeconomist working in the Modern Money Theory, Post Keynesian and Institutionalist traditions. Her research interests include banking and financial instability, fiscal and monetary theory and policy. She has published a number of papers on the topics of shadow banking, fiscal policy, government deficits and debt, and the Green New Deal. Currently, Yeva is co-editing the Elgar Companion to Modern Money Theory with L. Randall Wray. More about Yeva Nersisyan

Isabella Weber

Research Associate and Research Leader in China Studies; Assistant Professor of Economics at Political Economy Research Institute

Isabella Weber
Isabella M. Weber is a political economist working on China, global trade, and the history of economic thought. She is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Research Leader for China at the Political Economy Research Institute. Isabella Weber holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research and a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and was a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University. More about Isabella Weber

Dr Carolina Alves

Associate Professor in Economics at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Carolina specialises in macroeconomics and international political economy, with regional expertise in Latin America.

Carolina joins IIPP from Girton College at the University of Cambridge where she was the Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics and a College Teaching Officer at the Faculty of Economics. At Cambridge, she led teaching in macroeconomics, political and social aspects of economics, and history and philosophy of economics, while also being the Director of Studies for Economics for second-year undergrads, and a member of Girton’s College Council responsible for the stewardship of the College.

Carolina is the co-founder of Diversifying and Decolonising Economics – a network of economists working to promote inclusiveness in economics in both the academic content and the field’s institutional structures. She is a member of the Rebuilding Macroeconomics Advisory Group - a research initiative aimed at re-invigorating macroeconomics and bringing it back to the fore as a policy-relevant social science, as well as being the co-editor for the Developing Economics blog, which takes a critical approach to creating discussion and reflection in the field of economics. She is also a board member on the Progressive Economy Forum Council (PEF) and Positive Money.