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What Have We Learned From the Pandemic and Global Recession? Grant Fitzner

Festival of Economics
Grant Fitzner

We The Curious  |  £8 / £6

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Grant Fitzner discusses the economic lessons to be learnt from the extraordinary events of the past two years, sharing his insights as Chief Economist at the Office for National Statistics.

Since the start of last year the UK economy has seen the worst pandemic in a century, the most severe recession in a century, and has left the European Union after 47 years of membership. As the effects of the pandemic and recession abate it’s time to start reflecting on what we’ve learned. Fitzner led the pandemic response at the Office for National Statistics during the first lockdown. He will draw on that experience – along with more recent data and analysis – to argue that recent events could have far-reaching implications for how we measure the UK economy.

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Grant Fitzner

Grant Fitzner is the Chief Economist and Director, Macroeconomic Statistics and Analysis at the Office for National Statistics. He oversees the production and analysis of ONS economic statistics, including prices, public sector, trade and balance of payments. He also advises the National Statistician on economic matters. Fitzner is an experienced economist who has held a range of public and private sector roles, including economic adviser to the Australian Government and chief economist at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Supported by

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.

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We The Curious and Bristol Ideas want to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all. The event capacity has returned to normal and as seating will not be socially distanced, the NHS Covid Pass will be a requirement for all ticket holders over the age of 18. We reserve the right to refuse entry for people without this. Please arrive 30 minutes before the start of the event.

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Accessibility: We The Curious

One free carer ticket can be provided for each paying disabled visitor, please contact us before booking to arrange.

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  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

More information about visiting We The Curious can be found here.

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