Richard Davies

Economist

About Richard Davis

RICHARD DAVIES is an economist and author. He is a Professor at Bristol University, a fellow at the London School of Economics and director of the UK's Economics Observatory. 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 first book,  Extreme Economies won the Stanford's/Lonely Planet prize for debut travel writing, and has been published in the UK (Penguin), US (FSG), 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, the London School of Economics and New York University's Stern School of Business.

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