‘Innovation: Theory and Policy’ was the hot-topic for the latest Economics Society event

20 April 2017

The importance and impact of innovation from an economics disciplinary perspective made for an interesting discussion at a recent guest lecture organised by The Aberystwyth Economics Society.

The lecture, ‘Innovation: Theory and Policy’ was delivered by an invited external speaker from Manchester Metropolitan University, Dr Matthew Gobey, who spoke about ‘innovation’ from an economics disciplinary perspective. The lecture addressed several issues surrounding the understanding of innovation and technological change and their economic implications to various agents and society at large.

The lecture was held at the University’s Llanbadarn campus on 28th March 2017 and was well received by attendees, which included both UG and PG students in Economics.

Society member and final year Business Economics student, Amni Abdul Ghapar, said:

“It was a very interesting lecture. Matthew spoke about the relevant topic of innovation, outlining the challenges in measuring innovatory performance, the theoretical determinants of innovation and the empirical evidence so far. He was very interactive and engaged with his audience very effectively.

We really appreciate that our economics lecturer, Dr Homagni Choudhury, invited his colleague to present this interesting lecture as an Economics Society guest lecture. Dr Choudhury has worked very closely with the society and we really appreciate his dedication. The society has organised various activities this year, including a debate on the ‘American Election’ and ‘Brexit’ and is planning to organise another debate on ‘AI and Automation’. The lecture today is so much relevant to this next debate that the society is planning to organise. I am very fortunate to be part of the economics fraternity in Aberystwyth and I really appreciate the efforts and commitment of the Exec team of the Economics Society."

The Aberystwyth Economics Society is run by economics students within the Business School and is open to all members of the University having a general interest in the discipline of economics.

File photo: Dr Matthew Gobey (speaker, 2nd from left) pictured here with Economics Society President, Ms Geena Whiteman (1st from right), Business Economics student, Amni Abdul Ghapar (4th from right) and selected other attendees at the guest lecture on 28th March 2017.

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