What do we know about the way economies work? According to leading economist and former Bank of England governor Mervyn King, far less than we think. The co-author of Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future draws on biography, history, mathematics, economics and philosophy to highlight the most successful – and the most short-sighted – methods of dealing with an unknowable future. On stage with ABC’s Emma Alberici, Mervyn discusses a book that explores the limits of numbers and celebrates human instinct and wisdom.

Mervyn King (International)

Mervyn King

Mervyn King was Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to 2013 and is currently Professor of Economics and Law at New York University and Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. Lord King was made a life peer in 2013 and appointed by the Queen a Knight of the Garter in 2014. He is the author of The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy and his most recent book is Radical Uncertainty: Decision-making for an unknowable future written with John Kay. He was President of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and a Trustee of the National Gallery in London.

Emma Alberici (Australian)

Emma Alberici

Emma Alberici is the ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent and a roving foreign correspondent. Her career began at News Limited's Herald Sun before moving to the Nine Network for 10 years. In 2002 she took a job at the ABC where she’s been 7.30's Finance Editor, a senior reporter on radio and the Europe Correspondent based in London for four years. Emma returned to Australia to host ABC TV's Lateline, which she presented for six years until December 2017. She is the author of three editions of The Small Business Book and is currently writing a memoir.