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What Is the Reality of Brexit? Panel Discussion

Festival of Economics
Swati Dhingra, Alejandro Graziano, Kate Jackson, Soumaya Keynes

We The Curious  |  £8 / £6

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Our panellists assess the Brexit report card almost one year in.

Brexit has now been done – or has it? From empty shelves in supermarkets to small businesses facing additional costs to the loss of EU members of staff from the hospitality industry, some of the negative consequences of Brexit are still affecting the economy. Similarly, some of the positive opportunities – from trade deals to the new scope for the state to support businesses – have not yet been realised.

Our panel Swati Dhingra (LSE), Karen Jackson (Westminster Business School) and Alejandro Graziano (Nottingham) discuss with The Economist’s Soumaya Keynes.

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Our tenth Festival of Economics run Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 November 2021. It is co-programmed by Diane Coyle (University of Cambridge and Enlightenment Economics) and Richard Davies (professor of Public Understanding of Economics, Bristol University and author of Extreme Economies). You can see the full programme here.

Swati Dhingra

Swati Dhingra is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at LSE. Before joining LSE, she completed a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a fellow at Princeton University. Her research interests are international economics, globalisation and industrial policy.

Alejandro Graziano

Alejandro Graziano is an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Nottingham. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland (US), his Master in Economics from Universidad de San Andres (Argentina), and his Economics Bachelor’s degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires. He also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank as a Research Fellow. Graziano’s main research interests are in international trade, trade policy, and competition. He has worked in a variety of topics such as the impact of trade facilitation policies on exports, the role of trade policy uncertainty for trade integration, and the relationship between the structure of markets and the gains from trade. For more information, please visit his website.

Karen Jackson

Karen Jackson is a Reader in Economics at the University of Westminster. She previously worked for the UK Government (Department for International Development) and Commonwealth Secretariat as well as been called upon to be a reviewer for the Economic Social Research Council. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex in 2007. Her research focuses on trade policy analysis, with a particular emphasis on economic integration/disintegration. Her recent work has been published in the China Economic Review, The World Economy, Open Economies Review, Journal of International Development and Economic Modelling.

Soumaya Keynes

Soumaya Keynes is the Britain Economics Editor for The Economist and co-host of Trade Talks, a podcast about the economics of trade and policy. She has written extensively about trade, diversity within economics, and other economic issues. Prior to joining The Economist she was a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and before that a policy adviser at the Treasury. Soumaya has an MPhil. and BA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

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