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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Director of the Productivity Institute

Fellow of the Office for National Statistics

Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council


Professor Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity. Her latest book is 'Cogs and Monsters: What Economics Is, and What It Should Be’, exploring the challenges for economics particularly in the context of digital transformation. Her current research focuses on productivity and on economic measurement: what does it mean for economic policy to make the world ‘better’, and how would we know if it succeeds?

 Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, and an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission. She has served in public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester until March 2018 and was awarded a DBE for her contribution to economic policy in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours.  

Please click HERE for Diane's full CV. 


Economic statistics and the digital economy: lead researcher on the Measuring the Modern Economy programme at the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence.

Competition policy and digital markets. Economics of new technologies.

Natural capital; infrastructure. 


Key publications: 
  • Cogs and Monsters: What Economics Is and What It Should Be, Princeton University Press, October 2021.
  • Markets, State and People, Princeton University Press, February 2020.
  • GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, March 2014, Princeton University Press. Revised edition September 2015.
  • The Economics of Enough, Princeton University Press, March 2011.
  • The Soulful Science, Princeton University Press, March 2007, 2010.
  • 'Platform dominance: the shortcomings of antitrust policy’, in Digital Dominance: The Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, Eds Martin Moore and Damien Tambini, Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Practical Competition Policy Tools for Digital Platforms, Antitrust Law Journal,82-3, 2019.
  • The Imperial Treasury: appraisal methodology and regional economic performance in the UK(with Marianne Sensier), Regional Studies, May 2019.doi: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1606419
  • Homo Economicus, AIs, humans and rats: decision-making and economic welfare,Journal of Economic Methodology,October 2018. doi: 10.1080/1350178X.2018.1527135
  • Do-it-yourself Digital: the Production Boundary, the Productivity Puzzle and Economic Welfare. Economica August 2019. doi:10.1111/ecca.12289
  • ‘The Future of the National Accounts: Statistics and the Democratic Conversation, Review of Income and Wealth, November 2017.
  • ‘The Political Economy of National Statistics’ in Wealth eds. Kirk Hamilton and Cameron Hepburn, Oxford University Press, October 2017.
  • 'Precarious and Productive Work in the Digital Economy', National Institute Economic Review, Vol 240, Issue 1, 2017. 
  • ‘Modernising Economic Statistics: Why It matters’, National Institute Economic Review, Vol 234, Issue 1, 2015.


The Bennett Professor of Public Policy
Co-Director the Bennett Institute for Public Policy
University Teaching Officer

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Bennett Institute for Public Policy