The Economics Member Interest Group (MIG) is led by the IFoA's Finance & Investment (F&I) Board to:
- Raise awareness and understanding within the profession of actuaries’ use of economic thought, theories and models, the current debate about these, and the importance for users of actuarial advice and society.
- Engage in meaningful discussions in various areas of economics, especially those relevant to our stakeholders. For example, in assessing implications for managing long term assets and liabilities and addressing the related risks and uncertainties.
- Engage with interested parties outside the actuarial profession, including academics, to deepen the level of understanding of MIG members, to help pose and investigate questions of importance to today’s rapidly changing world.
- Promote discussion and debate about the strengths and limitations of actuaries’ current use of economic thinking, and how existing and different approaches should be used by actuaries in future.
- Develop thinking to help establish the IFoA’s position, where appropriate, to allow it to contribute to the wider economic debate.
This MIG hopes to achieve these goals through blogs, webinars, discussion fora, educational materials, discussion articles in The Actuary and elsewhere, and live events. It is open to both actuaries and non-actuaries.
Management Committee of the Economics MIG
The MIG Managing Committee is set up to support the Chair develop and deliver the core objectives of the group. These individuals are:
- Oliver Bettis (Chair)
- Iain Clacher
- Nick Foster
- Steve Haberman
- Henry Leveson-Gower
- Lucy Saye
- Alex Waite
- Martin White
Keep informed of upcoming events and get involved by becoming a member of the MIG. Sign up by emailing the professional communities team via the link below. By signing up to this MIG you are confirming that your personal details can to be shared with the Managing Committee and members of the Economic MIG.
The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Digest 3 - 3 November 2020
The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Digest 2 - 13 October 2020
The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Digest 1- 30 September 2020
Webinar: Stimulating diverse economic thinking within the actuarial profession - 14 September 2020. Presentation slides
To be added in due course.
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