ECONOMICS – WHAT IS IT AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Economic considerations and opinions abound. They are presented and discussed everywhere – in the newspapers, on the television, in talk shows and even in the street. The same economic facts are sometimes presented to support contradictory views on action. If the profusion and proliferation of economic mentions is anything to go by, economics must be of high importance to everyone.
Yet, in private, many people admit to having a more limited understanding of economics than they would like. Questions may include:
-What is the discipline of economics?
-What is its purpose?
-How does the economic discipline inform understanding, decision making and action at all levels of society?
This informative and interactive talk by Thomas Mulvey seeks to explore these questions and, where applicable, to apply economic ideas to some of the problems of today (e.g. the housing market; gap between low pay and high pay; trade; globalisation, immigration, et cetera).
The talk is intended to be open-ended (as opposed to definitive) and so contributions from other participants will be encouraged and appreciated to help enrich and enliven the proceedings.
Thomas Mulvey: Thomas is a practising artist and print maker, having read economics at University College London many moons ago. He has taught economics and economic history at Hammersmith College of Art and Building. London. For many years, Thomas taught theory and practice of art (including architecture) at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.