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China Institute Li Siguang Lecture

Lecture Theatre G12, Ground Floor, University House (O3)
Wednesday 20th November 2019 (16:00-18:15)
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China Institute Li Siguang Lecture of Professor Sir David Hendry: Climate Change in the Long Run

The China Institute is delighted to announce that Professor Sir David Hendry will deliver the annual China Institute Li Siguang lecture on Wednesday 20th November.

Professor Sir David Hendry is Director, Program in Economic Modeling, Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, Co-director of Climate Econometrics, and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University.  His research interests span econometric methods, theory, modelling and history; computing; empirical economics; macro-econometrics; climate econometrics; and forecasting.  He was Knighted in 2009; the ISI lists him as one of the world’s 200 most cited economists and he is a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate. He founded the Econometrics Journal and has been Econometrics Editor of the Review of Economic Studies and the Economic Journal.

Lecture title: Climate Change in the Long Run

The Earth’s climate has varied over a huge range from frozen to very hot over geological time, driven by natural forces. En route, most previous species of life have become extinct from the impact of that climatic variation. The talk traces the `great extinctions’ and their associated major climate events, then shows that humanity can easily affect our oceans and atmosphere–and is doing so.

Professor Hendry’s Climate Econometrics research group has developed tools to model empirical evidence on evolving processes that are also subject to abrupt shifts, as climate data are. The applications illustrating the talk are based on the group’s research jointly with climatologists, volcanologists, dendrochronologists, meteorologists, geophysicists and health scientists and emphasize the essential role of inter-disciplinary research to tackle climate change and its consequences.

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