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Roger Bootle

London, UK

One of Europe’s most respected economists

Winner, 2012 Wolfson Economics Prize

Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Treasury Committee

Roger Bootle is Managing Director of Capital Economics and a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He was formerly Group Chief Economist at HSBC and, before the change of government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of economic forecasters, the so-called ‘Wise Men’. He studied Economics at Oxford, and began his career in the academic world as a lecturer in Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Roger has written many articles and five books. “The Trouble with Markets” (2009), analyses the deep causes of the recent financial crisis and discusses the threats to capitalism arising from it. His previous book, “Money for Nothing” (2003), correctly anticipated the financial crisis and has been widely acclaimed. This followed the success of “The Death of Inflation” (1996), which though initially dismissed as extreme, is now widely recognised as prophetic.

In 2012, Roger won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize, the second biggest prize in economics after the Nobel, for his essay on how to solve the Eurozone crisis.

Roger is a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph. His latest book, “The Trouble with Europe” (2014), explains what is wrong with the European Union, how it could be reformed and what could take its place. It is aimed at the general reader and tries to help them make up their mind about the EU. A revised edition was published in 2015, with new material on mass-migration, the implications of Scottish nationalism, the Greek crisis and the policy conundrums facing the ECB.

Our Comment

"Roger has a long and distinguished record of successful forecasting of major events and market movements, often in contrast to the prevailing orthodoxy of the time. Greatly respected in his field, he has practical experience of economics in business and policy making. A highly effective and witty communicator, he is a hugely experienced speaker at business gatherings around the world."

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