Lord David Willetts’ book 'The Pinch' argued that the younger generation were getting a worse deal than the post-war Boomer generation. It put fairness between the generations on the policy agenda. What has happened in the decade since the book first came out? The revised and up-dated second edition is out in November and David Willetts will provide fresh analysis and new policy proposals.
About the speaker
Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, Chair of the British Science Association and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book ‘The Pinch’, which focused on intergenerational equity, was published in 2010, and he recently published ‘A University Education’.
Lord Willetts served as the Member of Parliament for Havant, as Minister for Universities and Science and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit.
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