Head of Economics and Social Policy
Warwick Lightfoot is Head of Economics and Social Policy at Policy Exchange. He is an economist, with specialist interests in monetary economics, labour markets, and public finance. He has served as Special Adviser to three Chancellors of the Exchequer, and a Secretary of State for Employment. Warwick was a treasury economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland, and has also been Economics Editor of The European. His many articles on economics and public policy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, and in specialist journals ranging from the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator, to the Investors Chronicle and Financial World. His books include Sorry We Have No Money — Britain’s Economic Problem.
Related Posts & Publications
by Warwick Lightfoot | Jan 8, 2018The key challenge that economists have when describing an economy is distinguishing between where the economy lies in the current economic cycle from the structural or secular trends that shape its medium and long-term performance. Above-trend growth in the mature...
by Warwick Lightfoot | Dec 12, 2017The British economy has for almost 40 years, since the abolition of foreign exchange controls in 1979, been an unusually open international economy. British domestic investors have been allowed to invest overseas and foreign investment has been welcomed – allowed into...
by Warwick Lightfoot | Nov 27, 2017The Great Recession was the biggest setback that market economies have experienced since the Great Depression and it inevitably continues to have complex economic, social and political consequences. In the first instance policy makers had to stabilise output and wider...
by Warwick Lightfoot | Oct 22, 2017The current debate surrounding the introduction of Universal Credit is an opportunity to think about the big questions in UK labour market policy and the support given to households of working age through the tax and benefit system. The context in which these...
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