October - November 2020

An online seminar on the economic impact of discrimination across our society.


An online seminar on the economic impact of discrimination across our society.

Hosted by OUBEP in partnership with P&G

How does parental income or the lack of, affect a person’s chances of future success? Do banks discriminate when lending? How is Technology impacting changes in the labour market and could contribute to reducing gender gaps or inequalities in access to employment? These are a few of the questions we will discuss, as we explore the findings from our latest research – including how policies translate to strategies and actions – and share real-world accounts of organisations and individuals effecting positive change.



Each lecture ran for 1 hour, and was followed by a 30 minute panel discussion where delegates were encouraged to ask questions and interact with the panel of industry leaders.

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Friday 30 October at 12:30pm

‘Race and Economic Opportunity’

Director of Policy Outreach at Opportunity Insights at Harvard University, David Williams will share his insight into Economic Opportunity and Race and whether the U.S. is truly ‘the land of opportunity’. Specifically, he will ask:

  • Are chances of success really independent of parental income?
  • What are the patterns of intergenerational mobility?
  • What explains inequality in opportunity? Is it geography, education, income or race? Do policies that can improve economic opportunities exist?

Panel members: Amgad Salih (Black Excellence Network) and Chris Young (P&G)

Friday 13 November at 08:30am

‘Discrimination and Bank Lending’

Director of Research at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Ralph De Haas will give us a detailed look at the banking sector and will present his research on discrimination in bank lending, addressing these particular areas:

  • The types of discrimination and how prevalent they have become.
  • What banking institutions can do to reduce discriminatory behaviour.
  • How policies at the national level translate into action at the organisational level.

Panel members: Matt Mason (Asto) and Sheree Atcheson (Peakon)

Friday 27 November at 08:30am

‘Technology Innovation, Inequalities and Gender

’Associate Professor at Monash University, Michelle Rendall will look into gender gaps and inequalities in the changing labor market, transformed by technology.

  • Developed economies have experienced a rise in female labour market participation, a reversal of the gender education gap and a closing of the gender wage gap. Developing economies are following in stride.
  • How are these patterns linked to technology and the changing demands of the economy?
  • What do they mean for gender disparities on the labour market?
  • While much progress has been done in narrowing gender gaps, gaps remain all around the world. What are potential policy tools that could go some way in reducing the gap further?

Panel members: Katrine Marçal and Suki Fuller

OUBEP curates an immersive, rich and intense experience for participants. At its core, lies a combination of outstanding teaching with tutoring sessions in smaller groups. Participants are also able to take advantage of networking opportunities around drinks and dinner or whilst taking part in typical Oxford activities.

At the core of the Oxford University Business Economics Programme is an intensive, one-week development course for the next generation of senior leaders. By combining high-calibre academic tuition, industry-leading keynote speakers, and a diverse group of delegates, OUBEP creates a dynamic space to explore economic theory and applications to help solve problems and create strategic impact.

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