OECD Forum 2012: Stewart Lansley


Stewart Lansley

Economist and Author


Stewart Lansley is an academic economist and financial journalist. He has written widely on inequality, wealth and poverty for The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer and The Sunday Times and a number of weeklies such as The New Statesman. He has also published extensively in academic journals from the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society to Oxford Economic Papers.


He holds an honorary fellowship at Bristol University in the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research and has held academic posts at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, The Henley Centre and the Universities of Reading and Brunel. His latest book is The Cost of Inequality, Gibson Square, 2012. This argues that excessive levels of inequality weaken the real economy and intensify the economic cycle, and that the increased concentration of income from the early 1980s was the real cause of the 2008 Crash and the continuing economic crisis.


He is also the author (with Joanna Mack) of Poor Britain which developed a new conceptual approach to the study of poverty, one widely adopted including by the UK Government and the European Union. He is also the author of Rich Britain, of Top Man, a biography of the multi-billion pound retailer Philip Green, and of Londongrad, a study of the impact of Russian oligarchs on London.
















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