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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. She was previously Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester. She has held a number of public service roles including Vice Chair of the BBC Trust (2006-2014), member of the Competition Commission (2001-2009), the Migration Advisory Committee (2009-2014), and the Natural Capital Committee (2016-2019). She was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.



The digital economy and economic statistics, including as 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. 

Economic welfare.

Economics Experts Working Group, Office for National Statistics.


Key publications: 
  • 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.


Teaching and Supervisions


Diane has three PhD students in 2019: Esma Akkilic, Hayane Dahmen and Gerard Keunning.

Professor  Diane   Coyle

Contact Details

Bennett Institute for Public Policy
01223 767263