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Vaccines vs the Virus with Jonathan Warner View details

The development of vaccines against the Covid-19 Coronavirus has been a game-changer. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are below last year's levels; but there is still a need for caution. This cause will examine the effects of vaccination on policy, and follows on from my previous sessions (but does not require you to have attended them). There, I argued that people make it difficult for policy-makers (and economists) to predict what will happen in the future, because what people do in response to government guidance affects the outcome of those policies. This course continues the exploration of these issues (of policy and response) with examples drawn from the progress of the Coronavirus pandemic over the past year. Misinformation about the vaccines, as well as genuine and sometimes well-founded doubts, makes policy-making difficult: how can anti-vaxxers be persuaded to submit to the jab? Should we even try?

Winter Traditions and Customs with Alastair Clark View details

The tutor will take you on a tour around a selection of Winter traditions and explore their origins. There will also be time in the course for students to share their knowledge and experience.

Christmas for Curmudgeons? Why economists think gift-giving is wasteful View details

Economists tend to see everything as a set of agreements and transactions which both parties think will make them better off. So Christmas gift-giving is no exception. If the gift is something you wanted, why hadn’t you already bought it yourself? So it follows that most gifts are unwanted, or worth less to the recipient than the amount the giver paid for them. It would be better to gift cash instead, and let the recipients choose what they want. But are we missing something? Are there other reasons for gift-giving, or should Christmas be cancelled?