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Exeter at Saïd: Tom Standage

Saïd Business School

Thursday, 8 November 2012 at 17:30 (GMT)

Exeter at Saïd: Tom Standage

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Exeter at Saïd is a series of collaborative events in which the Rector of Exeter College brings a high-level speaker to the Saïd Business School to give a seminar, followed by a drinks reception.

Tom Standage, Digital Editor of The Economist, will deliver his seminar at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford on Thursday 8 November 2012 on "Mobile Phones and Economic Growth".


Mobile Phones and Economic Growth

  • What can the price of sardines in India tell us about economic development?
  • Why do warlords leave mobile networks alone, even in war-torn countries?
  • Exactly how much extra economic growth does the spread of mobile phones provide?
  • And where will the next wave of mobile-driven development come from?

These are some of the questions Tom Standage, Digital Editor of The Economist, will address as he examines the economic impact of mobile phones.


About the Speaker

Tom Standage is digital editor at The Economist, overseeing the magazine’s website, Economist.com, and its smartphone, tablet and e-reader editions. Before that he was business affairs editor, running the back half of the magazine (business, finance, economics, science and technology), and he previously served as business editor, technology editor and science correspondent. He has been the editor of the Technology Quarterly supplement, which covers emerging technology, since 2003.

Tom is also the author of five history books, including An Edible History of Humanity (2009); A History of the World in Six Glasses (2005), a New York Times bestseller; and The Victorian Internet (1998), described by the Wall Street Journal as a “dot-com cult classic”.

He writes the video-game column for Intelligent Life, The Economist‘s lifestyle magazine, is a regular commentator on BBC radio, and has written for other publications including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times and Wired.

He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University.


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