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Professor Diane Coyle

Professor  Diane  Coyle

Office Phone: 01223 767263


Diane was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and has held a number of public service roles including Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (2006-2014), member of the Competition Commission (2001-2009), and member of the Migration Advisory Committee (2009-2014). She is currently a member of the Natural Capital Committee, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission and a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. She was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.


Research Interests

Economic statistics and the digital economy: lead researcher on the Measuring the Modern Economy programme at the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence; Economic Experts Working Group, Office for National Statistics.

Competition policy and digital markets. Economics of new technologies.

Natural capital; infrastructure. 

Key Publications

  • 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, forthcoming July 2018.
  • ‘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 Paradox of Popularity in Economics, Journal of Economic Methodology, Vol 19, No 3, September 2012, pp187-192.
  • Inequality, Public Perception and the Institutional Responses to Globalisation, with François Bourguignon, in Moneda y Credito, 216 (2003) ‘La Globalizacion y los Nuevos Retos de la Politica Economica’.
  • How not to educate the information age workforce, Critical Quarterly, Volume 43, No. 1, Spring 2001.    
  • ‘Making Sense of Economic Forecasts’ in Understanding Economic Forecasts ed David Hendry and Neil Ericsson, MIT Press, 2001.
  • ‘Unpredictability and Exclusion in the Weightless Economy’ in Social Inclusion: Possibilities and Tensions, ed Peter Askonas and Angus Stewart, Macmillan, 2000.