Richard Davies


About Richard Davis

I'm an economist interested in writing, policy and research. A formal bio and contact details are below.

Conference bio

RICHARD DAVIES is an economist and author. He teaches macroeconomics at the University of Chicago, heading up the department's new Economics for Everyone initiative. His is the founding director of the UK's Economics Observatory, holds a chair at Bristol University and is a visiting Professor at the Centre for Economic Performance, part of the London School of Economics. He has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, an economist and speechwriter at the Bank of England, and economics editor of The Economist.

Richard's recent book,  Extreme Economies won the Lonely Planet/Stanford's prize for debut travel writing, and has been published in the UK, US, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. He wrote and edited The Economist’s recent guide to economics, and his articles have featured in The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Times, Wired and 1843 Magazine.

An active researcher, Richard is interested in using large scale micro data to answer questions about aggregate puzzles, including inflation, productivity, and wages. He studied economics at Oxford (PPE), the London School of Economics (MSc) and holds a PhD from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Richard is engaged pro-bono in a number projects that aim to improve and broaden public understanding and access to economics. He is co-director of the Festival of Economics, gives talks in state schools with Speakers for Schools, and was a founding director and founding trustee of CORE, a charity which provides open-access resources for economics teachers and students in universities across the world.


If you'd like to work with me please get in touch. For academic conferences or policy events my Chicago or LSE emails are best.

If you would like to book me for any speaking engagements, please contact Karen O'Donnell at Chartwell Speakers:

My literary agent is Caroline Michel at Peters Fraser + Dunlop: