Founder, Capital Economics
Global macroeconomic trends
The UK economy and Brexit
Monetary and fiscal policy
Roger Bootle is one of the City of London’s best-known economists. As well as running Capital Economics, which he founded in 1999, Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called ‘Wise Men’. In 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.
Roger has written many articles and several books on monetary economics. His latest book, The Trouble with Europe (2015), analyses what has gone wrong with the EU and what needs to be done to put it right. This follows The Trouble with Markets (2012), which analyses the deep causes of the recent financial crisis and discusses the threats to capitalism arising from it. Like his previous book, Money for Nothing (2003), which correctly anticipated the financial crisis, it has been widely acclaimed. This followed the success of The Death of Inflation, published in 1996, which became a best-seller and was subsequently translated into nine languages.
Roger appears frequently on television and radio and is also a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In The Comment Awards 2012 he was named Economics Commentator of the year.
Known for his straight-talking style, Roger is perhaps Britain’s most prominent pro-Brexit economist. But his expertise ranges much wider, over all the key trends driving the world economy. He has a reputation for being one of the economic world’s most successful forecasters, correctly predicting major events and market movements, often against conventional wisdom. These include: the real estate bubble leading to the great recession; the impact of the credit crunch; the collapse of the dotcom bubble; predicting that the UK would be forced out of the ERM; and, perhaps most famously, the death of inflation”.