During a speech in 1957, Prime Minister Harold MacMillan declared "most of our people have never had it so good”. Now, more than half a century later, are we fundamentally any better off? Through discussion of technological advances, social changes, political reforms, and economic shocks and recessions, this panel will seek to question whether the world we currently live in is indeed a better place than it was in the 1950s.

Chaired by Professor Brian Nolan, Professor of Social Policy, the panel will consist of:

  • Dr Max Roser, James Martin Fellow at The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School
  • Dr Anders Sandberg, James Martin Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute
  • Professor Robert Walker, Professor of Social Policy

A drinks reception will follow, all welcome.