Brexit: Understanding the Implications for UK, Europe and Beyond

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the United Kingdom

May 19, 2016: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Chicago Booth alumni and students are cordially invited to a panel discussion on Brexit with Professor Goolsbee and Professor Sufi among our panelists. 


Chicago Booth in London
Woolgate Exchange
25 Basinghall Street
London, United Kingdom

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Join us on for a discussion about the Brexit referendum and the broader implications this important event has for Europe and beyond.

On the 23rd of June the European Project faces an unprecedented milestone. Never before has one country's entire membership of the EU hinged on a populous vote.

With tensions running high and the "In" and "Out" camps making their political, economic and business arguments known, Chicago Booth in London will bring together an expert panel to debate and distil the consequences of both leaving and remaining in the bloc - for the UK, Europe, the U.S and others.

Would an exit weaken Britain and the EU? Is Britain stronger in the EU? How would a Brexit change relations with the U.S.? How can the UK boost economic growth when EU states are battling sovereign debt? What's at stake for companies doing business in Britain?

In keeping with Chicago Booth tradition to test ideas and seek proof, our panellists will explore the economic and business drivers integral to any voter's decision. You will leave with fresh insight and a view for how Britain and the EU could transform ahead of this crucial juncture in political history.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Austan Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics
  • Charles Grant, Director of the Centre for European Reform
  • Professor Amir Sufi, Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy

We look forward to an interesting panel discussion! 


£15 General Admission
£10 Alumni
Free for current Chicago Booth students


Register Online

Deadline: 5/18/2016

Speaker Profiles

Austan Goolsbee (Speaker)
Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth

Austan previously served in Washington as the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the President's cabinet. His research has earned him recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan fellow. In prior years he was named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and one of the six "Gurus of the Future" by the Financial Times. His ability to explain economics clearly has made Goolsbee popular in the media. Jon Stewart describes him as "Eliot Ness meets Milton Friedman" and he has twice been named as a "star" professor by BusinessWeek's "Guide to the Best Business Schools."

Goolsbee serves on the Economic Advisory Panel to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and has previously served on the Panel of Economic Advisors to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. Census Advisory Commission and as a special consultant for Internet Policy to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. He joined Chicago Booth in 1995.

Charles Grant (Speaker)
Director, Centre for European Reform

Charles Grant helped to found the Centre for European Reform in 1996. In January 1998 he left The Economist to become the CER's first director.

After studying modern history at Cambridge University, Charles took a diploma in French politics at Grenoble University. Returning to London, Grant joined Euromoney, the financial magazine, in 1981. He moved to The Economist in 1986, where he wrote about the City. In 1989 The Economist posted Charles to Brussels, to cover the European Community. In 1993 Charles returned to The Economist's London office, soon becoming defence editor. His biography of Commission President Jacques Delors (Delors: Inside the House that Jacques Built, published by Nicholas Brealey) appeared in 1994. It was subsequently translated into French, Japanese and Russian.

He was a director and trustee of the British Council from 2002 to 2008. He is a member of the international advisory boards of the Moscow School of Civic Education, the Turkish think-tank EDAM and the French think-tank Terra Nova. He is a member of the council of the Ditchley Foundation, and chairman of the foundation's programme committee. He is a vice chairman of Business for New Europe. In 2004 he became a chevalier of France's Ordre Nationale du Mérite, and in 2013 a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) "for services to European and wider international policy-making". In 2015 he was awarded the Bene Merito medal by the Polish government.

Charles is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, the International New York Times and many other publications.

Amir Sufi (Moderator)
Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Chicago Booth

Amir is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Professor Sufi's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics. He has articles published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. His recent research on household debt and the economy has been profiled in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. It has also been presented to policy-makers at the Federal Reserve, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs, and the White House Council of Economic Advisors. This research forms the basis of his book co-authored with Atif Mian: House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014.

Sufi graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honours from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in economics. He earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Solow Endowment Prize for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Research. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2005.


Jenny Eriksson