How to contact us

LSE Growth Commission,
London School of Economics,
Houghton Street,
London WC2A 2AE


Tel: +44 20 7955 7285
Fax : +44 20 7404 0612






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Tim Besley| (Co-chair of the commission)

Timothy Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University.

From September 2006 to August 2009, he served as an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is a program member of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Professor Besley is the 2005 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association which is granted every other year to an economist aged under 45 who has made a significant contribution to economics in Europe. His research, which mostly has a policy focus, is mainly in the areas of Development Economics, Public Economics and Political Economy.

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John van Reenen| (Co-chair of the commission) 

John Van Reenen has been a full Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance since 2003. He has served as a senior advisor to the UK Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Health, and the European Commission and in 2009 Professor Van Reenen was the winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association.

His research interests lie in the applied econometrics of industrial organization and labour economics, especially areas relating to productivity growth, management and organizational practices, R&D, anti-trust, intellectual property, policy evaluation and investment decisions.

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Philippe Aghion| 

Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University, having previously been Professor at University College London, an Official Fellow at Oxford’s Nuffield College, and an Assistant Professor at MIT.

His main research work is on growth and contract theory. With Peter Howitt, he developed the so-called Schumpeterian Paradigm, and extended the paradigm in several directions; much of the resulting work is summarised in his joint book with Howitt entitled Endogenous Growth Theory

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Lord John Browne| 

Lord Browne is Partner and Managing Director of Riverstone and co-head of Riverstone’s Renewable Energy Funds. Prior to joining Riverstone, he spent 41 years at BP serving in turn as Group Treasurer, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive of BP and Amoco.

Lord Browne also served as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006-2011, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the U.S. Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Francesco Caselli| 

Francesco Caselli is Professor of Economics and the London School of Economics and Director of Macro Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. Previous appointments include Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Professor Caselli is a member of the governing council of the European Economic Association, co-editor of the Journal of Economic Development, editor at large of Economica, and director of Review of Economic Studies, Ltd. His research interests include economic development and political economy. 


Sir Richard Lambert| 

Richard Lambert is Chancellor of the University of Warwick. From 2006-2011 he served as Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry. From 2003-2006 he was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, and from 1991-2001 was the Editor of the Financial Times.

In 2003, Sir Richard published the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration. The report made a series of recommendations which encouraged universities to identify distinctive strengths in research, and encouraged business to give a greater priority to understanding the opportunities for exploiting innovation and creativity through universities.

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Rachel Lomax| 

Rachel Lomax is a British economist who served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 until 2008 and was a top civil servant.

Before joining the Bank, Rachel was Permanent Secretary of three government departments between 1996 and 2002, including the Department of Work and Pensions and the Welsh Office as well as the Dept. for Transport. She was a Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank in 1995-6 and Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat at the Cabinet Office in 1994.

In 2008 Rachel was appointed as a non-executive director of HSBC where she is also a member of several audit and risk committees.

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Christopher Pissarides| 

Chris Pissarides is School Professor of Economic and Political Science the London School of Economics. His research interests focus on several topics of macroeconomics, notably labour, economic growth, and economic policy. In 2010, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics, jointly with Peter A. Diamond and Dale Mortensen, for his contributions to the theory of search frictions and macroeconomics.

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Lord Nicholas Stern| 

Lord Stern is the IG Patel Chair of Economics & Government, Director of the LSE Asia Research Centre and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute.

He has also served as Head of the Government Economic Service, Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty's Treasury, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank and Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

His research interests include the economics of climate change, economic development and growth, public policy, economic theory and tax reform.


Nitika Bagaria|  
Nitika is a PhD Student and Research Assistant at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE. Her research interests include applied Industrial Organization, SME sector development and productivity.


Novella Bottini   
Novella Bottini is a Research Consultant on the Productivity & Innovation Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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Miguel Coelho

Miguel is Senior Economist at the Institute for Government and LSE Growth Commission Secretary. He is an economist with extensive experience of working and influencing policy-focused environments. Miguel’s research interests lie in the drivers of income determination and growth; the economics of the welfare state; and the political economy of redistribution.