How To Be A Successful Economist

Hosted by the School of Public Policy

Online and in-person public event (MAR.2.08, Marshall Building LSE)


Ian Harwood

Ian Harwood

Economic Adviser Redburn Partners

Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce

Chief Economic Adviser, Centre for Economics and Business Research

Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Visiting Professor, Birbeck University of London


Tony Travers

Tony Travers

Associate Dean, School of Public Policy

Join us to launch of How to be a Successful Economist, co-authored by  Vicky Pryce, Andy Ross, Alvin Birdi and Ian Harwood.

Exploring the wealth of career opportunities open to those with an interest in economics, Pryce, Ross, Birdi, and Harwood reflect on how students can become successful economists. An ideal complement to skills and employability modules on economics courses, or as pre-course reading, the authors explain the attributes that employers want and guide students to assemble the essential toolkit that all good economists need.

The content uniquely brings together chapters which demystify the roles and industries that typically recruit economists; explore the importance of strong communication, quantitative, and broader soft skills and how to develop these; and coaches readers through the application and interview process for graduate positions. Readers will benefit from candid reflections on the advantages and drawbacks of particular career paths as well as the insights contributed by the authors, recent graduates, and experienced industry professionals.

Professionals with experience working in industries such as financial services, government and policy, journalism, and consultancy participated in conversations with the authors about their careers. The valuable insights and advice they shared are included throughout the book and full video interviews can be found either in the e-book version of this title, or with the accompanying online resources.

Our Speakers and Chair

Ian Harwood is currently Economic Adviser at Redburn, a stockbroking firm providing research advice to institutional investors. He is a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists, and is currently a member of the Management Board of the South-Western Universities' Doctoral Training Partnership.

Vicky Pryce (@realVickyPryce) is Chief Economic Adviser, Centre for Economics and Business Research and an alumna of LSE. She is also the author of Women vs Capitalism: Why We Can't Have It All in a Free Market Economy among other publications.

Andy Ross (@andyrossecon) is an academic and practitioner economist best known for his time as a Deputy Director and Head of Professional Development in the Government Economic Service (GES). His previous posts include Visiting Professor at the University of Reading, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and Trustee and Director of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Tony Travers is Associate Dean of LSE School of Public Policy and Director of LSE London. His key research interests include local and regional government, elections and public service reform. Tony is chair of the British Government@LSE research group.

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