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Talking Economics What Next for Central Banks?

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A year on, Anna Valero revisits the 2021 discussion about the role of central banking.

We are delighted to welcome back Huw Pill, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, and Jagjit Chadha, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Together they reflect on the past 12 months and look ahead at what is to come.

Listen to the 2021 conversation:

Jagjit Chadha

Jagjit S Chadha is Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and an expert on financial markets and monetary policy, as well as aspects of monetary and financial history. Prior to joining NIESR, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Kent and at Cambridge. He has also held positions as Professor of Economics at the University of St Andrews and a Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, as well as working at the Bank of England on Monetary Policy, as Chief Quantitative Economist at BNP Paribas, and served as Chair of the Money, Macro, Finance Study Group. During his career he has acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and as an academic adviser to both the Bank of England and HM Treasury, as well as to many central banks and the Bank for International Settlements. In the City of London, he was the Mercers’ Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College from 2014-2018. He sits on the REF sub-panel for Economics, the ESRC SAN, and the Council of the Royal Economics Society (RES). He has written widely on the design of monetary, fiscal and financial policies. Details of his research and publications are available here.

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Huw Pill

Huw Pill is the Bank of England Chief Economist and Executive Director for Monetary Analysis and Research. He is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, reponsible for the analysis used to make monetary policy decisions. Previously, he was Chief European Economist at Goldman Sachs (2011-18). Before that, he worked at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. He served as its Deputy Director of Research (2009-11) and Head of its Monetary Policy Stance Division (2004-09), and he worked in its Strategic Policy Issues unit (1998-2001). He was also a member of the faculty at Harvard Business School (1995-98, 2001-04, 2019-21). At the start of his career, he worked as an economist in the Bank of England’s then Economics Division (1990-92).

Anna Sivropoulos-Valero

Anna Valero is Senior Policy Fellow at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, Deputy Director of the Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) and an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute. She completed an ESRC Innovation Fellowship in 2021, obtained a PhD in Economics at the LSE in 2018, and was a Research Director for the LSE Growth Commission in 2017. Previously, she was a Manager at Deloitte’s Economic Consulting practice where she qualified as an ACA.

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