Chief economics commentator, Financial Times
Finance & the financial crisis
The future of the eurozone
The British economy
China and India's economies
The productivity slowdown
The rise of populism
Martin Wolf is the FT's chief economics commentator and one of the world's most respected analysts of global economic issues.
He speaks with authority about the economic relationships underlying our complex financial systems, what we can learn from them, and what lies ahead for Europe, the US, and the rest of the world.
In his regular columns for the FT, Martin covers a wide range of economically relevant topics. In the recent past, these have included the state of the global, European and British economies; the “global savings glut” and “secular stagnation”; global monetary policies; the rise of populism; the political economy of Brexit; the future of the eurozone; the future of globalisation; the challenges to the Chinese and Indian economies; the past and future of the global financial system; radical monetary reform; the productivity slowdown and technological change; the economics of migration; the economics of climate change; reform of corporate governance; and the future of universities. For his “services to financial journalism”, Martin was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000.
Martin brings considerable practical experience to his writing. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Previously, he was a senior economist for ten years at the World Bank’s division of international trade. He has been a Forum Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999, where he has served as a moderator, and is a member of its International Media Council. He was Director of Studies at the Trade Policy Research Centre, London, and has advised governments and international organizations on trade and economic integration.
Martin has authored several highly regarded books on globalisation (Why Globalization Works, 2004) and the global financial system (Fixing Global Finance, 2008). Fixing Global Finance describes how the financial crisis developed and what we can do to help ensure future global financial stability. China Business News named it its Financial Book of the Year for 2009. His most recent book on the global financial crisis is The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned and Have Still to Learn from the Financial Crisis (2014).
Martin has won several prestigious awards for his journalism, including the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013; the James Cameron Memorial Award for 2012; a distinguished honorary fellowship by the European International Business Academy in 2012; and the 2012 International Ischia Journalism Prize (Italy’s most prestigious media award).
Other awards include the US Society of Business Writers and Editors 15th Annual Best Business Journalism award, and the "Ludwig-Erhard-Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik" ("Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary") from the Ludwig Erhard Stiftung (Foundation) for 2009. He won "Commentariat of the Year 2009" at the Comment Awards, sponsored by Editorial Intelligence, and the Decade of Excellence Award at the 2003 Business Journalists of the Year Awards.