Has Britain got sport upside down?

Simon Kuper, The Royal Institution

Monday 27th February 2017

This year's Pro Bono Economics (PBE) lecture welcomed Simon Kuper (Financial Times columnist and co-author of Soccernomics) to the Royal Institution to ask the audience: "Has Britain got sport upside down?"

The event brought together renowned experts from sports, health, economics and the media to explore challenging questions on the relationship between sport, public health and the economy in Britain today.

PBE trustee Professor Diane Coyle hosted a panel discussion and invited contributions from the audience. Simon Kuper was joined on the panel by:

  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympian, parliamentarian and TV presenter
  • Mark Gregory, EY's Chief Economist for the UK & Ireland; his work has quantified the economic and social impact of sport institutions, including the Rugby World Cup 2015 and English Premier League.
  • Will Watt, founder of Jump; providing expertise in policy evaluation, impact analysis and behaviour change in sport and volunteering.

Pro Bono Economics, established in 2009 by Martin Brookes (Tomorrow’s People) and Andy Haldane (Bank of England), is a charity that matches professional economists, working as volunteers or on a voluntary basis, with charities and social enterprises that want to understand and improve their impact and value.

This event was generously supported by Nomura (www.nomura.com) and Weil (www.weil.com).

Simon Kuper lecture

Panel discussion with Professor Diane Coyle, Mark Gregory, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Simon Kuper and Will Watt

21st March 2017