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What Is the Wider Impact of a Resurgent China and an America in Decline? Meredith Crowley, George Magnus and Linda Yueh

Festival of Economics
Meredith Crowley, George Magnus, Linda Yueh

We The Curious  |  £8 / £6

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Our panellists discuss the uncertain outlook for the world’s two largest economies.

Will President Biden rescue the US from its Trump-induced geopolitical decline? Will the growth of the Chinese economy slow or come to a halt as it faces structural problems? What are the implications for the UK of being caught in the middle of potential US-China clashes over everything from AI to Taiwan?

Meredith Crowley and George Magnus are in conversation with Linda Yueh.

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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.

Meredith Crowley is a Reader in International Economics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John’s College. She is a Senior Fellow for the publicly-funded UK in a Changing Europe think tank and the Coordinator of the Transmission Mechanisms and Economic Policy Research Theme at the Cambridge-INET where she leads research on Global Economic Policies. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR – London) and a Research Affiliate of Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). Prior to arriving at Cambridge in 2013, Crowley worked in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where, as a Senior Economist, she was responsible for monitoring developments in the world economy. Crowley has taught courses on international trade at Georgetown University, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Nanjing University. Her research has been presented at central banks and international institutions around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithCrowle1

George Magnus

George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, and Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank from 1995 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he served as an external senior adviser with clients of the investment bank. He is closely followed nowadays for his insights and observations about the global economy in general, and China and demographics, in particular. His China focus derives from a long period of observation and study that goes back to his first visit in 1994. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Prospect Magazine, BBC TV and radio, Bloomberg TV and other outlets. His written work and a blog can be found on his website.

Linda Yueh

Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School. She is also Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS and Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission. Her latest book, The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today, was The Times’s Best Business Books of the Year, and Newsweek magazine’s Best Books of the Year. Follow her on Twitter @lindayueh

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