Joseph Stiglitz – The Road to Freedom | How To Academy


Wed, 1 May 2024

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

Joseph Stiglitz – The Road to Freedom

Live in Conversation With Gillian Tett

Do free markets truly bring freedom? The Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz joins us with a powerful new vision for democracy and human flourishing.

In the age of neoliberal economics, governments all over the world claim that free markets, low regulation, and ‘animal spirits’ capitalism lead not only to prosperity, but more freedom for individuals in society. But what if the opposite is true?

One of the world’s most influential economic voices – a Nobel laureate, former Chief Economist at the World Bank, and Ivy League professor – Joseph Stiglitz returns to How To Academy to take down the giants of the neoliberal age such as Hayek and Friedman. In conversation with the Financial Times’ Gillian Tett he will reveal how unbridled capitalism reduces economic opportunities, siphons wealth from the many to the few, and impacts our legal and social freedoms – from property and intellectual rights to education to social media.

In turn he will share a new vision of true human flourishing, offering an alternative to the neoliberal consensus and a powerful re-evaluation of democracy, economics, and the good society – along with a roadmap for how we can achieve it.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Economist and Nobel Laureate

Joseph E. Stiglitz was Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1995-7 and Chief Economist at the World Bank 1997-2000. He is currently University Professor at Columbia University, teaching in the Department of Economics, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Graduate School of Business. He is also the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society and the British Academy. He won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2001 and is the bestselling author of Globalization and Its Discontents, The Roaring Nineties, Making Globalization Work, Freefall, The Price of Inequality, The Great Divide and Power, People, and Profits, all published by Penguin.

Gillian Tett

Award winning economic journalist

Gillian Tett is currently Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, while also writing a weekly op-ed column for the Financial Times on global finance and business. She was awarded an OBE for services to economic journalism in 2024. She is also a member of the FT’s Editorial Board, having previously been Chairman of the US Editorial Board and America Editor-at-Large. An anthropologist by training, she is the author of, among other books, Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life and the New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe. She continues to write columns for the FT. Gillian has received several awards in recognition of her work.