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David Smith

Award Winning Author, Journalist and Speaker Specializing in Economics


David Smith is an award winning author, journalist and speaker specializing in economics and won the 'Economics Commentator Award' at The Comment Awards 2013.

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About David Smith


He has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is gifted in his ability to present complex economic issues in a straight forward manner, explaining everything from the global financial crisis to the state of Europe and the rise of the new economic giants. His new book "Something Will Turn Up: Britain's economy, past, present and future" was published in July 2015.

  • Economics Editor of The Sunday Times
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Wales
  • Author of straightforward books on understanding economics including "Something Will Turn Up: Britain's economy, past, present and future"
  • Winner of the Harold Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the year award

David Smith started his career as an Economic Report Writer for Lloyds Bank, before moving to the Henley Centre in a forecasting role. He then went into journalism, writing on Business and Economics for Now! Magazine and Financial Weekly before becoming Economics Correspondent of The Times in 1984. He went across to The Sunday Times in 1989 as Economics Editor and is now also their Policy Advisor and Assistant Editor. He writes a weekly column and is chief leader-writer. He also writes columns for the CBI's Business Voice, Tax Journal, Professional Investor, British Industry and The Manufacturer.

His website - EconomicsUK.com is home to his blog-style economic commentary.

He is a regular speaker at business and academic events and has written several books. His book Free Lunch is described as a clever and witty introduction to economics, while The Age of Instability sets the near collapse of the international financial markets and the banking system in a global and historical context.

He was born and brought up in the West Midlands and studied at the Universities of Wales, Oxford and London. He is a visiting professor at both Cardiff University and Nottingham University, and has lectured at Nottingham's Malaysia and Ningbo (China) campuses. In 2004 he was awarded the Harold Wincott Award for Senior Financial Journalist of the Year and was Highly Commended Feature Writer of the Year at the 2008 British Press Awards. In 2013, David was also awarded the Economics Commentator Award by Editorial Intelligence at The Comment Awards

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  • UK Current Economic Policy
  • The UK & Europe
  • The Economical Arena
  • The US Federal Reserve
  • Property

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Books By David Smith


  • North and South - Britain's Economic Divide (1994)
  • Mrs Thatcher?s Economics (1988)
  • The Rise and Fall of Monetarism (1991)
  • From Boom to Bust - Trial and Error in UK Economic Policy (1992)
  • Will Europe Work? (1999)
  • The Dragon and the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order (2007)
  • Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics (2008)
  • The Age of Instability: The Global Financial Crisis and What Comes Next. (2010)

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