Martin Sandbu London, UK

  • European Economics Commentator, Financial Times
  • Adviser on natural resources and economic development.
  • Author of "The Economics of Belonging' and 'Europe's Orphan- the future of the Euro'


Coronavirus: how to tackle the economic crisis
Coronavirus: how to tackle the economic crisis
The Year in Review - 2018 - FT
The Year in Review - 2018 - FT


Dr. Martin Sandbu is the European Economics Commentator at the Financial Times.  He is the author of the FT’s weekly newsletter  ‘Free Lunch’, an email briefing on the main economic issues of the day, available as part of their Premium service.  He also writes on aspects of the global economic policy debate.

Prior to this role, he was the FT’s Economics Leader Writer (2009-13). As part of the leader writing team he contributed to shaping the FT’s editorial line, with particular responsibility for international economic policy questions such as the eurozone sovereign debt crisis and the remaking of global financial regulation. He also contributes occasional longer pieces to the FT’s features and news pages.

Prior to joining the FT, Martin was an academic researcher and policy adviser on topics in economics, political economy, and philosophy. He spent two years at Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow in economic development, then three years as a lecturer in ethics and corporate responsibility at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development.  He remains a non-resident Senior Research Fellow at Wharton’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research.

His Wharton business ethics lectures were published in book form by Pearson Prentice Hall as Just Business: Arguments in Business Ethics in 2011. Martin’s book Europe’s Orphan, the Future of the Euro and the Politics of Debt‘ a defence of the Euro, was published by Princeton University Press in 2015 and updated in 2017.

In June 2020, Princeton University Press published  ‘The Economics of Belonging: A Radical Plan to Win Back the Left-Behind and Achieve Prosperity for All’.  This book outlines a radical new approach to economic policy that addresses the symptoms and causes of inequality in Western society today.   Martin offers real answers, for facing our most serious political issues and shows how a better economic system can work for all.  In her FT book review, Diane Coyle wrote that ”the real argument of the book comes in the second half, namely that a set of radical but feasible policies holds the solution to inequality. And, if they were implemented, Sandbu eloquently argues, more globalisation would benefit all and defang populist polarisation.

Martin holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University, and completed a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government at Harvard University in 2003. Martin appears regularly on the radio, as well as occasionally appearing on television. He is the co-founder of political think-tank Liberalt Laboratorium in Norway and of Nyctolopic, a London-based dance and theatre company.

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The Economics of Belonging
The Economics of Belonging
Europe's Orphan
Europe's Orphan

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