The financial crisis may have been a tough time for most of the City, but one group did pretty well out of it. There's no doubt about it: economics has got sexy, as the popularity of everything from Thomas Piketty's missive on inequality to "economics made easy" books such as The Undercover Economist, shows.
Whether they're applying complex theories to everyday life, or finding a way to make numbers beautiful, suddenly everyone wants to hear what economists think. But be warned - egg-heads, this lot are not...
|1.||Danny Blanchflower||@D_Blanchflower||Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research|
Done with my broken ankle. Economist, Dartmouth professor, ex MPC. University of Stirling, Peterson Institute, The Independent and Bloomberg
|2.||Andrew Sentance||@asentance||Senior economic adviser, PwC|
Business economist, now with PwC, formerly member of Bank of England MPC. Part-time rock musician.
|3.||Jonathan Portes||@jdportes||Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research|
Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Economics, especially fiscal policy, labour markets and immigration.
|4.||Ros Altman||@rosaltmann||Chair, Lord Chancellor's Strategic Investment Board|
Independent pensions & investment expert. UK Business Champion for Older Workers. Cares about ordinary people & social justice. Finance for the many not the few.
|5.||John Philpott||@JobsEconomist||Former chief economic adviser, CIPD|
Economist and labour market analyst, former director of Employment Policy Institute and former Chief Economic Adviser at the CIPD.
|6.||Diane Coyle||@diane1859||Professor of economics, University of Manchester|
The Enlightened Economist. Professor of Economics, University of Manchester. Founder of Enlightenment Economics.
|7.||Sam Bowman||@s8mb||Deputy director, Adam Smith Institute|
Irish preference utilitarian market monetarist libertarian poptimist. Deputy Director of @ASI.
|8.||Andrew Lilico||@AndrewLilico||Executive director and principle, Europe Economics||No bio|
|9.||Noreena Hertz||@noreenahertz||Professor of decision science, University College London||Bestselling Author and Thinker.|
|10.||Tim Harford||@TimHarford||Senior columnist, Financial Times|
Author of Adapt; Undercover Economist at the FT; presenter of More or Less, Radio 4. (Email v/ website is best for important messages.) Views my own, of course.
Leader of the awesomeness liberation front.
|12.||Stephen King||@KingEconomist||Chief economist, HSBC||Chief Economist at HSBC, author of When the Money Runs Out (http://tinyurl.com/apj5doj ) & Losing Control (http://amzn.to/TVt4Yr ). Part-time pianist.|
|13.||Ian Shepherdson||@IanShepherdson||Chief economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics|
Chief Economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics. I flit between the US and the UK.
|14.||Lucrezia Reichlin||@LucreziaReichli||Professor of economics, London Business School|
Professor of Economics at London Business School, co-founder of Now-Casting Economics, non-executive director of UniCredit Banking and AGEAS Insurance
|15.||Bridget Rosewell||@brosewell||Senior partner, Volterra Partners||Economist, painter and stirrer.|
|16.||Stephanie Flanders||@MyStephanomics||Chief market strategist, UK and Europe, JP Morgan Asset Management||I used to be BBC Economics Editor. Now I am Chief Market Strategist for UK and Europe at J P Morgan Asset Management.|
|17.||Simon Kirby||@SimonNIESR||Economist, NIESR||Economist at National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).|
|18.||Vicky Pryce||@iamvickypryce||Adviser to BIS and CEBR|
Economist, Author, Columnist, Fighting injustice against women wherever it raises its ugly head!
|19.||Kate Barker||@Barker4Kate||Non-executive member of the Office for Budget Responsibility||Economist and stoke city fan.|
|20.||Andrew Smith||@AndrewSmithEcon||Chief economist, KPMG||Economist|
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