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About the Speech: In this lecture, Professor O’Rourke addressed the size of the state and argued that states can play an important role in maintaining demand in depressed times, and they also serve an important political function, helping to maintain popular support for markets.
About the Speaker: Kevin O’Rourke is the Chichele Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford and the Director of CEPR’s Economic History programme. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is also a Research Associate of the NBER. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1989, and has taught at Columbia, Harvard, University College Dublin, Sciences Po Paris and Trinity College Dublin. He is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of Bruegel.