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SUERF BAFFI Bocconi - Meet the Author Series

Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future - Book presentation and discussion

Calendar Jul 02, 2020 Schedule16:00 - 17:00 CET (UTC+01:00)

Date: Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 − 16:00-17:00 CET

John Kay,
University of Oxford
Jean Charles Rochet, Professor of Banking, Institut für Banking und Finance, University of Zurich and SUERF Fellow

David T Llewellyn
, Emeritus Professor of Money & Banking, Loughborough University and SUERF Council of Management

When uncertainty is all around us, and the facts are not clear, how can we make good decisions? Throughout history we have developed a variety of ways of coping with the radical uncertainty that defines our lives. Lord (Mervyn) King, former Governor of the Bank of England, and Professor John Kay, two of the world’s most eminent economists, have spent their professional lives considering and discussing these themes.

This webinar marks the publication of Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future by Mervyn King and John Kay. 

 Webinar Slides (pdf)John Kay - presentationJean Charles Rochet - presentation



John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists.  His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business.  His career has spanned academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies. For twenty years, he wrote a regular column for the Financial Times. His witty and authoritative style has won a wide following for his books and articles which have been recognised by numerous awards and prizes. Forty years after he co-authored The British Tax System with Mervyn King – a book which went through five editions – the two authors have come together again with a very different subject. Radical Uncertainty is published by the New Bridge Street Press in March 2020. https://www.johnkay.com/




Jeanā€Charles Rochet is Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Banking at Zurich University and research associate at IDEI (Toulouse School of Economics). He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical economics from Paris University. He has taught at the Toulouse School of Economics, at the London School of Economics, and has visited many universities and central banks all over the world. He was President of the Econometric Society in 2012 and has been a Fellow of this society since 1995. He has published more than 80 articles in international scientific journals and 7 books, including Microeconomics of Banking (with X. Freixas) MIT Press, and Why are there so many banking Crises?, Princeton UP. His research interests include banking, financial stability, industrial organization of financial markets, and contract theory.




David T Llewellyn is Professor of Money and Banking at Loughborough University and an External Member of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Council of Management and former President of SUERF. Until recently he was Chair of the European Banking Authority’s Banking Stakeholder Group and was formerly a Public Interest Director on the Board of the UK’s former retail investment regulatory agency – the Personal Investment Authority. David has also had career posts as economist at Unilever, HM Treasury, and International Monetary Fund and has served as a consultant to financial institutions, international agencies, and regulatory authorities in the UK and abroad. David served as part-time Consultant Economist at ICAP plc for several years. Other positions have included Visiting Professorships at universities in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. David has researched and published extensively in the area of banking strategy, competition in financial systems, and banking and financial regulation. In 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contributions to banking regulation.

With friendly support of the Intesa Sanpaolo Chair in Economics of Financial Regulation, Bocconi University.

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