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The Beesley Lectures

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Now in their 23rd year, The Beesley Lectures have consistently featured outstanding addresses from high-profile thought leaders drawn from academia, government and industry. Continuing in this tradition, this year’s speakers will deliver expert insight into the most pressing issues in regulatory economics today.

The lectures on Competition in Water (10th October), Simple Tariffs in Energy (17th October), Behavioural Economics in Regulation (31st October) & Economic Regulation (14th November) have now closed to online bookings.  The limited number of remaining places are being reserved for those who wish to book the lecture series or across a number of lectures and for regular customers.  We will also keep a waiting list for places that become available.  If you would like to attend these lectures please contact us on +44 (0) 20 7760 8699 or conferences@marketforce.eu.com.

 

Choice and Competition in Health 3rd Oct 2013 More info »
Competition in Water
Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above
10th Oct 2013 More info »
Simple Tariffs in Energy
Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above
17th Oct 2013 More info »
Public Service Reform 24th Oct 2013 More info »
Behavioural Economics in Regulation
Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above
31st Oct 2013 More info »
The New Competition and Markets Authority 7th Nov 2013 More info »
Privatisation, Economic Regulation and Competition
Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above
14th Nov 2013 More info »
Regulating Carbon Emissions 21st Nov 2013 More info »

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Held in partnership with the Institute of Economic Affairs and City University, and sponsored by PwC, these lectures provide an exclusive and stimulating environment where those with an interest in regulatory economics engage in lively debate about the major trends driving industry forward.

This unique lecture series was the brainchild of Professor Michael Beesley, one of the most influential regulatory economists of his time, who organised the lectures until his death in 1999. 

Catherine Davies
Catherine Davies

Executive Director of Cooperation and Competition

Monitor

Professor Julian Le Grand
Professor Julian Le Grand

Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy

LSE

Alan Milburn
Alan Milburn

Former Secretary of State for Health

Professor Martin Cave
Professor Martin Cave

Deputy Chair

Competition Commission

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Retail Competition & Regulatory Strategy Director

Lloyds Banking Group

Tony Ballance
Tony Ballance

Director, Strategy & Regulation

Severn Trent Water

Jonson Cox
Jonson Cox

Chairman

Ofwat

Stephen Littlechild
Stephen Littlechild

Fellow

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Stuart Cook
Stuart Cook

Director – Head of Utility Strategy & Regulation

PwC

Tom Winsor
Tom Winsor

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary

Dr Vicky Pryce
Dr Vicky Pryce

Former Joint Head

Government Economic Service

Paul Ormerod
Paul Ormerod

London and University of Durham | Volterra Partners LLP

Chris Woolard
Chris Woolard

Director of Risk, Policy and Research

Financial Conduct Authority

Lord David Currie
Lord David Currie

Chair Designate

Competition and Markets Authority

Dr Alberto Mingardi
Dr Alberto Mingardi

Director

Istituto Bruno Leoni

Andrew Sentance
Andrew Sentance

Senior Economic Adviser; Former Member

PwC; Monetary Policy Committee

Professor Amelia Fletcher
Professor Amelia Fletcher

Professor of Competition Policy

University of East Anglia

Professor George Yarrow
Professor George Yarrow

Chairman

Regulatory Policy Institute

Dr David Kennedy
Dr David Kennedy

Chief Executive

Committee on Climate Change

Evenings will begin at 6.30pm and delegates are encouraged to network over refreshments until 7pm, when the lecture will commence. Lectures will last for one hour, followed by a 20-minute response before handing over to the audience for extended discussion. The proceedings will end at 8.45pm with refreshments.

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The lectures on Competition in Water (10th October), Simple Tariffs in Energy (17th October), Behavioural Economics in Regulation (31st October) & Economic Regulation (14th November) have now closed to online bookings.  The limited number of remaining places are being reserved for those who wish to book the lecture series or across a number of lectures and for regular customers.  We will also keep a waiting list for places that become available.  If you would like to attend these lectures please contact us on +44 (0) 20 7760 8699 or conferences@marketforce.eu.com.

 

Protecting choice and promoting competition in the health sector

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:45

 The Health and Social Care Act which came into force on 1st April 2013 requires new local commissioning groups to promote and protect patient choice, including through competition where appropriate. This lecture will explore how competition may deliver improved outcomes for patients and the role of the regulator in unlocking that potential.

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Catherine Davies

Executive Director of Cooperation and Competition

Monitor

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Professor Julian Le Grand

Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy

LSE

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Alan Milburn

 

Former Secretary of State for Health


Competition in the Water sector: reality or mirage?

Thursday 10th October 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London - Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above

18:45

Under this year’s Water Bill the UK water sector faces what is, on paper, the most significant market reform since privatisation. This lecture will examine how likely these reforms are to introduce meaningful competition in the sector and what needs to be done to ensure their success.

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Professor Martin Cave

Deputy Chair

Competition Commission

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Tony Ballance

Regulation & Strategy Director

Severn Trent

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Jonson Cox

Chairman

Ofwat


Simple tariffs or simply anticompetitive? Ofgem’s Retail Market Review and associated developments

Thursday 17th October 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London - Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above

18:45

This lecture will critique the approach to mandating simpler tariffs contained in Ofgem’s Retail Market Review and elsewhere, exploring how these developments are likely to impact on competition in the energy and other sectors.

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Professor Stephen Littlechild

Fellow

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

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Stuart Cook

Director – Head of Utility Strategy & Regulation

PwC


Public service reform: lessons from the railways to the police

Thursday 24th October 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:45

How can public services become more efficient without their quality suffering? This lecture will draw on Tom Winsor’s experience as Rail Regulator, proposing principles for reform which can be transferred both to his current role as HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and more broadly to other public services. Vicky Pryce, whose book “Prisonomics” is due to be published in September, will respond.

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Tom Winsor

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary

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Dr Vicky Pryce

Former Joint Head

Government Economic Service


Behavioural economics and the future of regulation: nudge not prescription?

Thursday 31st October 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London - Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above

18:45

Behavioural economics has been gaining ground beyond academia in recent years and now represents a significant theoretical influence on current regulatory policy-making. This lecture will explore what the “nudge” approach means in practice. Chris Woolard of the FCA will examine how it is likely to influence regulation in the years to come.

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Paul Ormerod

London and University of Durham | Volterra Partners LLP

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Chris Woolard

Director of Risk, Policy and Research

Financial Conduct Authority


The new Competition and Markets Authority: how will it promote competition?

Thursday 7th November 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:45 The new Competition and Markets Authority will assume its powers in April 2014, replacing the existing Office for Fair Trading and Competition Commission with the aim of “creating a single powerful advocate for competition in the UK and abroad”. This lecture will discuss how the CMA can best achieve this aim.

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Lord David Currie

Chair Designate

Competition and Markets Authority

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Dr Alberto Mingardi

Director

Istituto Bruno Leoni

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Andrew Sentance

Senior Economic Advisor

PwC



Privatisation, economic regulation and competition in utilities: have we got the balance right?

Thursday 14th November 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London - Online bookings for this lecture are now closed - See above

18:45

 Regulation has mutated, but into what: an ungainly monster or a beautiful butterfly? This wide-ranging lecture will put contemporary thinking in regulation under the microscope – examining how and why regulation, originally envisaged as an alternative to or stepping stone towards competition, has evolved to date, and questioning whether we have got the balance right?

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Professor Amelia Fletcher

Professor of Competition Policy

University of East Anglia

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Steve Smith

Retail Competition & Regulatory Strategy Director

Lloyds Banking Group

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Jon Stern

Senior Visiting Fellow

City University London


Alternatives to wooden headedness: (much) less costly ways of regulating greenhouse gas emissions

Thursday 21st November 2013

Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

18:45

The Energy Bill has been subject to strong criticism for its approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Will it succeed in this aim? Or are there cheaper ways to achieve this goal that the government has failed to explore? This lecture will examine these questions and propose some alternatives.

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Professor George Yarrow

Chairman

Regulatory Policy Institute

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Dr David Kennedy

Chief Executive Officer

Committee on Climate Change



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