Gerard Lyons

Gerard Lyons
Dr Gerard Lyons is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange. He is a leading expert on the world economy, global financial markets, and economic and regulatory policy. Formerly he was Chief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and he also has 27 years’ experience in The City in senior roles with leading international banks, including Standard Chartered, DKB International, and Swiss Bank, where he had an excellent forecasting record. He is also Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments, and sits on the advisory boards at both Warwick Business School, and the Grantham Institute at the LSE and Imperial College. He co-founded Economists for Brexit, and his ebook, The UK Referendum: An Easy Guide to Leaving the EU, was released by Amazon. His first book, The Consolations of Economics, was serialised in the Daily Telegraph, and he is a regular press and television commentator. He frequently speaks at major domestic and global economic and financial conferences.

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Gerard Lyons discusses the future of the City in BBC's In the Balance

Gerard Lyons took part in the debate 'Brexit: what next for the City' on the BBC World Service radio programme, 'In the Balance'.

Gerard Lyons: Why Mark Carney Has My Vote to Retain the Role of Governor of the Bank of England

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Policy Exchange's Chief Economic Adviser points out the five issues to consider regarding Mark Carney's continued presence as the Governor of the Bank of England

Gerard Lyons Discusses GDP and Brexit on Radio 4's The World Tonight

Listen to Policy Exchange's Chief Economic Adviser on the programme

Gerard Lyons Discusses "Messy" v "Clean" Brexit

On BBC Radio 4, Policy Exchange's Chief Economic Adviser sets out the case for a clean Brexit.

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Helping more people become First Time Buyers

Download Publication Online Reader One of the critical areas for a new Prime Minister is to address the challenges in the housing market, and to help turn Generation Rent into Generation Buy. Addressing the housing crisis should be a central feature of economic policy over the remainder of this Parliament and into the next. Related Publications

The City and UK Financial Services

A Strategy Paper Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Download Publication Read Online A policy of ‘benign neglect’ towards the City and the UK’s financial services sector since 2016 is no longer enough to maintain its competitiveness in the face of an aggressive EU and intense global competition, warns Gerard Lyons. But the former Chief Economic Adviser to […]

Helping Generation Rent become Generation Buy:

Download Publication Online Reader This paper’s contribution to the housing policy debate is to outline the policies that are needed on the demand side. Too often, on the demand side, the Government’s policy interventions have resulted in higher house prices, exacerbating the challenge facing buyers. Now, there needs to be a shift away from direct interventions such as help to buy or temporary freezes in stamp duty, says Gerard Lyons. […]

Fiscal principles for the future

Download Publication Online Reader This paper calls for a pro-growth economic strategy as the best way to address Britain’s fiscal position. Fiscal principles for the future is co-authored by Gerard Lyons, Graham Gudgin, Warwick Lightfoot and Jan Zeber. Dr Gerard Lyons, Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, said: “It is right to use fiscal policy as a shock absorber, to avoid premature tightening and to direct spending towards capital investment and […]

Why the Government should spend more on capital

This paper argues that the Government should spend more on capital investment. The case was already strong before the Covid-19 crisis and has been strengthened since, as its financing has become more affordable. The paper highlights the importance of taking advantage of the present macro-economic environment afforded by low borrowing costs to provide stable – and sizeable – funding for new infrastructure through an increase in capital spending by the public sector. Additional capital spending, in excess of the fiscal rules, would be sustainable and affordable

A pro-growth economic strategy

The UK is enduring a health and economic crisis. Despite near-term uncertainties, we believe that a new macro-economic framework can help the UK achieve stronger future growth. A new macro-economic policy framework is needed, as outlined here, based on the three arrows: of credible fiscal activism; monetary and financial stability based on a new remit for the Bank of England; and a supply-side agenda. Low borrowing costs create a likely lengthy window of opportunity to emerge from this crisis without being panicked into policy measures such as austerity, but it is possible that inflation and yields could rise, so it is not a risk-free option. Success depends upon a clear and credible policy approach.

Helping Britain’s start-ups

The Government has outlined an audacious package of measures aimed protecting as much of the UK’s productive potential as possible. But it is an outlier among comparable European economies in that it is yet to announce measures to help start-ups and pre-revenue firms. Jan Zeber and Dr Gerard Lyons outline the unique challenges faced by those firms and what can be done to support them.

Speed, Scale and Simplicity

The government has outlined an audacious package of measures aimed at dealing with the economic consequences of COVID-19, but in a fast- moving environment, it should be no surprise that policy has to continue to evolve. There have already been four fiscal packages in recent weeks, beginning with the Budget, then one focused on the corporate sector, the next on employees and last week’s targeting the self-employed. This has been supported by monetary policy. Despite this, further action is needed supported by another fiscal boost and further monetary action. It is not only the scale of the stimulus that needs to increase, but the execution of the policies. Also, the policy reaction on job protection has been impressively large, but the lack of any precedent means we cannot be certain how the measures will work.

Limiting the Economic Impact of the Covid-19 Virus

On Thursday, the Chancellor unveiled his fourth round of policy measures to boost the economy during the Coronavirus crisis. He announced what he called a coherent, coordinated and comprehensive scheme for the self-employed. This positive approach from the Chancellor, and the speed of the Government’s response, is worthy of congratulations. Yet inevitably, in this fast-moving crisis, there remain some areas to iron out, largely linked to the policies’ likely execution and administration. The biggest challenge is the delay, as the measures unveiled will take a couple of months to implement, and the strain that this may place on those self-employed who do not have access to income during this time.

Clean Brexit

With a foreword by former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, and a postscript by former Foreign Secretary David Owen, this major contribution to the public debate sets out proposals for a ‘Clean Brexit’. It is written by Policy Exchange’s Chief Economic Advisor, Dr Gerard Lyons, and leading Telegraph economics commentator, Liam Halligan

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How the Bank of England has failed to control inflation. And what should be done to reform it.

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Sunak should raise the lower tax threshold this autumn to put more money in people’s pockets

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Sunak’s task tomorrow. The best way of reducing the deficit is to go for growth

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To ensure that the City continues to flourish, we need to make the most of Brexit

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Will there be a sterling devaluation this year?

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The UK government and intervention

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How to turn renters into homeowners

“My Government will help more people to own their own home whilst enhancing the rights of those who rent.” These words, from Her Majesty, during the Queen’s Speech, reflect an important focus for the Government. It was only last autumn that the Prime Minister outlined his intention to help Generation Rent become Generation Buy. In the wake of the Queen’s Speech it seemed appropriate to return to some of the […]

The Lessons of 1976 and Relevance for Now

Gerard Lyons — Policy Exchange's Chief Economic Adviser — reflects upon a discussion hosted by HM Treasury, which examined the UK's IMF crisis and the economic background that resulted in the 1976 abandonment of the post-war Keynesian consensus

Gerard Lyons comments on the Autumn Statement

Policy Exchange's Chief Economic Adviser writes in the FT and the New Statesman, and speaks on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight

Sterling: A View

Gerard Lyons, Policy Exchange's Chief Economic Adviser, considers 'measures the authorities could take to guard against a sterling crisis', contending that 'the most important of these' is to 'provide policy clarity on what lies ahead'

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