Economic Experts Working Group

About

The Economic Experts Working Group (EEWG) is a non-statutory body, established by the National Statistician. It functions as a strategic, high-level advisory body offering independent advice from authoritative economic experts to both the National Statistician and the ONS on matters related to the measurement of the economy and the collection and presentation of economic data for the UK.

The EEWG meets formally six times a year and consists of five EEWG members appointed through open competition, the three ONS Fellows, the Group’s Chairman and senior level ONS representation. EEWG members also have a hands-on role working with ONS staff on specific issues and giving collective advice on strategic matters. The EEWG has an important role in the governance of economic research undertaken by or on behalf of ONS, providing advice on the relevance and direction of the research for ONS and economic statistics.

Aims

The Economic Experts Working Group (EEWG) provides independent advice on how best to ensure that official statistics on the UK economy are; accurate clearly presented, comprehensive, transparent, trustworthy and take into account the needs of users and providers.

Members of the EEWG have the following specific responsibilities.

Strategy

Collectively as a working group, to advise and make recommendations to the National Statistician on the strategy and priorities for the development of economic statistics. To review the ONS Economic Statistics Analysis Strategy (ESAS), an annual publication that provides users, stakeholders and researchers with clarity on how ONS is working to improve UK economic statistics, to shape and inform the priorities for ONS economic statistics for the coming year.

Providing expertise and assistance:

To work individually with ONS staff to provide expertise and assistance on particular key issues, as set out in the ESAS.

Advocacy

To act as effective advocates for the promotion of economic statistics and their development and as a two-way conduit of views and information between ONS and economic statistic users.

EEWG appointed members

Joe Grice

Chair of the ONS Economic Experts Working Group, following on from his appointment as ONS Director and Chief Economist. Joe spent most of his career at the Treasury, lastly as Chief Economist and Director of Public Services. On moving to ONS, he fulfilled a variety of roles, including responsibility for the production of economic and social statistics, and ending as the Chief Economist.

David Metcalf

Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is Director of Labour Market Enforcement, a Director of the Starting Price Regulatory Commission and a former member of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

Jill Leyland

Former vice-president of the Royal Statistical Society. She has previously worked for, among others, the World Gold Council, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the OECD, as well as the Government Statistical Service. She is also a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists and a member of the Advisory Panel on Consumer Prices.

Martin Weale

Professor of Economics at King’s College, London. He was, until August 2016, an External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England. Before joining the MPC he was Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Peter Sinclair

Appointed Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham in 1994, where he still works. Previously he had been a Fellow and Tutor in economics at Brasenose College, Oxford. In addition, he has served central banks and governments in a number of countries over the years.

Thomas Crossley

Professor of Economics at University of Essex and Associate Director of Understanding Society, the UK's major longitudinal household survey. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) where he was previously director of the consumption and saving research sector.

ONS Fellows

About

The ONS Fellowships are designed to bring together cutting-edge research and analysis with the day-to-day production of economic statistics by ONS. ONS Fellows use their expertise to help drive forward innovative solutions to challenging areas and support the transformation of key priority areas within economic statistics, as set out in the ONS Economic Statistics Analysis Strategy (ESAS). The roles are “hands-on” and include working collaboratively with ONS colleagues to deliver radical change where necessary.

As well as individual projects the ONS Fellows are also members of the Economic Experts Working Group, a non-statutory body, established by the National Statistician. It functions as a strategic, high level advisory body offering independent advice from authoritative economic experts to both the Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics and the ONS on matters related to the measurement of the economy and the collection and presentation of economic data for the UK.

Aims

The ONS Fellows contribute to the delivery programme highlighted in the ONS ESAS. Working collaboratively with ONS teams they assist with developing solutions to a range of areas across economic statistics, including:

  • the modern economy and national accounts
  • trade and international statistics
  • devolved, regional and local statistics
  • productivity and the supply of labour and capital
  • prices
  • beyond GDP – broader measures of welfare and activity

Current ONS fellows

Diane Coyle

Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She was ONS Fellow for the 2016/17 programme and has now been reappointed after a fair and open competition. She is a member of the Natural Capital Committee and was previously a BBC Trustee, serving as both Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the BBC Trust, a member of the Migration Advisory Committee, and of the Competition Commission.

Nicholas Oulton

Member of the Centre for Macroeconomics at the London School of Economics and a Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. He was ONS Fellow for the 2016/17 programme and has now been reappointed after a fair and open competition. Previously he worked at the Bank of England and is the author of over 50 articles in academic journals and books and is the co-author of a book on UK productivity.

Giuliana Battisti

Professor of Economics of Innovation at Warwick Business School. She is a member of the Council of the Royal Statistical Society and the co-chair of the British Network of Industrial Economists. Her research has appeared in a number of leading international journals such as Research Policy, Oxford Economic Papers, British Journal of Management, Harvard Business Review, Industrial and Corporate Change.

Past ONS fellows

Mary O'Mahony was an ONS Fellow for the 2016 to 2017 programme and is currently a Professor of Applied Economics at King's College, London. She joined King’s in May 2013 and was previously Professor at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She is currently a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London.