The 100 City people you need to follow on Twitter this year, day four: Economists

Emma Haslett
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Economics has become increasingly popular since the beginning of the downturn

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_BlanchflowerResearch 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@asentanceSenior economic adviser, PwC
Business economist, now with PwC, formerly member of Bank of England MPC. Part-time rock musician.
3.Jonathan Portes@jdportesDirector, 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@rosaltmannChair, 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@JobsEconomistFormer 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@diane1859Professor of economics, University of Manchester
The Enlightened Economist. Professor of Economics, University of Manchester. Founder of Enlightenment Economics.
7.Sam Bowman@s8mbDeputy director, Adam Smith Institute
Irish preference utilitarian market monetarist libertarian poptimist. Deputy Director of @ASI.
8.Andrew Lilico@AndrewLilicoExecutive director and principle, Europe EconomicsNo bio
9.Noreena Hertz@noreenahertzProfessor of decision science, University College LondonBestselling Author and Thinker.
10.Tim Harford@TimHarfordSenior 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.
11.Umair Haque@umairhAuthor
Leader of the awesomeness liberation front.
12.Stephen King@KingEconomistChief economist, HSBCChief Economist at HSBC, author of When the Money Runs Out ( ) & Losing Control ( ). Part-time pianist.
13.Ian Shepherdson@IanShepherdsonChief economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics
Chief Economist, Pantheon Macroeconomics. I flit between the US and the UK.
14.Lucrezia Reichlin@LucreziaReichliProfessor 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@brosewellSenior partner, Volterra PartnersEconomist, painter and stirrer.
16.Stephanie Flanders@MyStephanomicsChief market strategist, UK and Europe, JP Morgan Asset ManagementI 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@SimonNIESREconomist, NIESREconomist at National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
18.Vicky Pryce@iamvickypryceAdviser to BIS and CEBR
Economist, Author, Columnist, Fighting injustice against women wherever it raises its ugly head!
19.Kate Barker@Barker4KateNon-executive member of the Office for Budget ResponsibilityEconomist and stoke city fan.
20.Andrew Smith @AndrewSmithEconChief economist, KPMGEconomist

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