“What are the economic possibilities for our grandchildren?”

2015 is the 500th anniversary of the completion of the stonework of King’s Chapel. As a part of a series of celebratory events held at the college, the King’s Politics Society is hosting two debates inside the chapel. The second of these commemorative debates, which in also is being held in memory of John Maynard Keynes, takes place on Monday 16th November, 2015 and is entitled “What are the economic possibilities for our grandchildren?”.

I am honoured to have been invited to make a presentation, alongside my distinguished co-speakers - Lord Robert Skidelsky, Professor Andrew Gamble, Dr Catherine Hakim, Roberto Unger (via video-link) and Martin O’Neill.

The invitation continues as follows:

“Writing in 1930, Keynes predicted that living standards in developed countries would be between four and eight times higher by 2030 – a prediction that has proved startlingly accurate. Even more ambitiously, Keynes argued that, within a hundred years of his writing, the solution to the economic problem which had hitherto plagued the human race – the struggle for subsistence – would be in sight. Was Keynes right?”

My full paper is attached here (the delivered speech was an abbreviated version of this paper).