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Economics: insight4me Economics – Externalities & Government Intervention With University of East Anglia & Goldsmiths, University of London

3rd November 2021 @ 11:15 - 12:15




  • University of East Anglia: Duncan WatsonProfessor of Applied Economics, School of Economics, will present The Climate Emergency: Eco-Capitalism vs Eco-Socialism. Can traditional economics create market-based solutions to pollution problems? Considering overproduction, overconsumption and overpopulation, this session queries the value of standard externality analysis. Introducing competing environmental approaches, it asks: Does global warming demand a more radical solution?
  • Goldsmiths, University of London: Dr Tomás Rotta will discuss Externalities and the State as a Risk-Taker. In this micro talk, Dr Tomás Rotta will answer three questions on the positive externalities of innovations: (a) Where do innovations come from? (b) Who finances the riskier forms of innovation? (c) Is the state good or bad at stimulating innovation?.

insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for Year 12 & 13 students, and equivalent. The sessions directly support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording an understanding of how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications and vary between universities.

In this insight4me Economics webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, Goldsmiths, University of London and University of East Anglia, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Externalities & Government Intervention, the universities have the freedom to choose their own focus and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Economics and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Economics at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



3rd November 2021
11:15 - 12:15
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