Refreshingly different Economics lecture

Sixth Form and Block 5 students were recently treated to an outstanding lecture by Dr Marianna Koli from New College of the Humanities entitled ‘Economics and Well-Being: friends or foes?’. Dr Koli imaginatively traced the history of the development of economic thought from the days of Adam Smith to the present, by drawing connections between the impact of the Industrial Revolution, contraception in the Swinging Sixties, reasons for not paying parking fines and David Cameron’s views on how to increase national happiness. Two of her central research hypotheses, that detention in prison for less than three years is ineffectual and that the British colonial impact in Africa has had a better legacy than those countries that were under French colonial rule, provided challenging food for thought. Her strongly discursive approach was refreshingly different from most academic economists, and was appreciated by all students.

By Ruth Tarrant, Head of Economics


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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