The Economy of Wales

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The Economy of Wales

An MP3 and Powerpoint of a lecture given by Prof Andy Henley in March 2016 on Thinking Biblically about the Economy of Wales.

The session commenced with Andy talking to the first 4 slides (not on the podcast), on some examples of economics in the Bible, followed by a discussion in groups about the question on slide 5 – some ‘wicked economic problems’.  The postcast commences from that point with Andy giving some answers on slide 6, and continuing to the end of the presentation (58mins).




(If you wish to download the podcast, then right-click on the bar above, and save to an appropriate folder).


Wales is regarded as one of the poorest parts of the UK, and is now in receipt of its third programme of European Structural Funds support. Yet politicians in Wales appear to have struggled since the creation of the Welsh Assembly to achieve any significant improvement in this record.

Public spending austerity is hitting hard as the UK struggles to get to grips with the long lasting aftermath of the global financial crisis. And it is hitting some harder than others.

How can we think Christianly about these complex issues? Does the Bible have anything to say which speaks into the bewilderingly complex world of modern economics? And what issues should Christians be reflecting on as they think about how to cast their vote in the next Assembly elections?

Andrew Henley Staff Picture copyAndy Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development at Aberystwyth University, where he is also the Director of the Institute of Management, Law and Information Science. Previously he was Head of the School of Business and Economics at Swansea University, and served for 10 years as a member of the First Minister’s Economic Research Advisory Panel. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Warwick.

He has extensively published research in economics over a 30 year career, focusing on a range of topics including the labour market, entrepreneurship, industrial economics and the housing market, as well working with small businesses in Wales. He has written and published on Christian ethics and economics.

Andy is married to Sue, who is churchwarden of St Michael’s Aberystwyth, where they have both been in leadership for 20 years. They have three children; James, their eldest, is a pioneer curate in the Diocese of Monmouth and heads up the Lab Newport.