"Income insecurity in the 21st Century" with special guest speaker Andy Haldane

Past Event

28 February 2020, 11:15am - 1:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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‘Job insecurity at the end of the 20th century has given way to income insecurity at the start of the 21st.’ – Andy Haldane, July 2019

Join us for a stimulating morning of talks exploring the current challenges of income insecurity, with keynote speaker Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England. We will discuss labour market precarity, pay volatility and income insecurity issues in the UK and more widely, and their implications for the labour market and the structure of the social security system.


  • Welcome and introduction by Charles Godfray, Director, Oxford Martin School
  • Keynote address: Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England
  • ‘Measuring economic insecurity: Why and How?’ by Matteo Richiardi, Professor of Economics and Director of EUROMOD, University of Essex, INET Associate
  • ‘Pay volatility and income insecurity: what role for social security?’ by Jane Millar, Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath
  • Panel discussion and Q&A: chaired by Brian Nolan, Professor of Social Policy at Oxford, with speakers and Fran Bennett, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

This event is free, but registration is essential to ensure your place.

You are welcome to bring lunch with you.

This series of talks is organised by the Oxford Martin School, Department of Social Policy and Intervention & Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford

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Andy Haldane
Chief Economist, Bank of England

Andrew G Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England. He is a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and Chair of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Council. Among other positions, he is Honorary Professor at University of Nottingham, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books. Andrew is the founder and trustee of ‘Pro Bono Economics’, a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects, a trustee of National Numeracy and Patron of the charities Reach and Speakers for Schools.

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Dr Matteo Richiardi
Professor of Economics, University of Essex

Matteo Richiardi is the Director of EUROMOD and Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. Professor Richiardi was previously a Senior Research Officer within the Employment, Equity & Growth Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, and before that he was at the University of Torino in Italy. He has also worked as a consultant on labour market and social protection policies for the World Bank and national government agencies, and is the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Microsimulation.

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Professor Jane Millar

Jane studied Social Psychology at the University of Sussex and worked in health and social care before completing her MA in Social and Public Administration at Brunel University. She worked as a researcher in the Department of Health and Social Security and then completed her doctorate in social policy at the University of York.

Following her first lectureship at the University of Ulster, Jane joined the University of Bath as a lecturer in social policy in 1988. She was Head of the Department of Social and Policy Sciences (1997 – 2000), Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2003 to 2005), Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Development) (2006 - 2008) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) 2008 - 2015).

Jane’s own research interests include social security policy, family policy and the policy implications of family change. She has been a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee for Work and Pensions, to the Department for Work and Pensions, and the UK Representative on the EU Observatory on National Family Policies. Jane was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2000 and as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2014.

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Fran Bennett
Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Oxford

Fran Bennett works in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention as a Senior Research and Teaching Fellow, with a focus on social policy. She has a particular interest in social security policy, gender issues, and poverty, income distribution and participation.

She is also an independent consultant, and has written extensively on social policy issues for the UK government, NGOs and others. With Prof Jonathan Bradshaw, she is one of the UK team of independent experts in the European Social Policy Network for the European Commission.

Fran is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an associate of its international advisory group.

She worked for the Child Poverty Action Group from 1983-93, as deputy director and then director, and in the late 1990s was policy advisor on UK and EU poverty issues for Oxfam GB. She is an active member of the Women's Budget Group and chairs the policy advisory group for Oxfam’s work in the UK.