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Nicholas Oulton is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Until recently he also worked part time as a consultant to the Bank of England. He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics, University College London, from 2005 to 2009, and a Senior Economist at the Bank of England from 1998 to 2003. Prior to then he was a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 1987-1998. He is the co-author of a 1994 book on UK manufacturing and has published numerous articles on productivity and competitiveness at the company, industry and whole economy level.

's current areas of research are:

  • Nick's recent research focuses on three areas: 1. The role of ICT in explaining UK, US and European economic performance in the past and its likely importance in future growth.
  • 2. The impact of the financial crisis on productivity and employment. The main issue here is, will the crisis leave productivity and/or employment permanently lower or will most economies (including the UK's) eventually get back on to the track they were on before the crisis hit?
  • 3. The World Bank's latest estimates of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs)show that the world is (apparently) both richer and more equal than we thought based on the World Bank's own earlier estimates. Nick's work focuses on understanding why such discrepancies arise and determining how they can be reconciled.

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