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.

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

Joe Grice – Chair

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.

Martin Weale

Professor of Economics at King’s College, London. He was, until August 2016, an External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) 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 several countries over the years.

Thomas Crossley

Professor of Economics at the 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.

Diane Coyle

Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She was ONS Fellow for the 2016 to 2017 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.

Robert Heath

Robert previously worked at the International Monetary Fund (1995 to 2016) on many aspects of economic and financial statistics.

Following the global financial crisis, Robert took a leading role in the G20 Data Gaps Initiative (DGI), drafting the 20 recommendations. Later he chaired the Inter Agency Group on Economic and Financial Statistics (IAG), which manages the initiative at the international level and includes senior managers from various international and regional agencies, including the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Eurostat and the European Central Bank (ECB). He was instrumental in the signing-off of phase 2 through the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

In recent years he led a two-person mission to the Gulf on developing statistics for economic and monetary union (2017 to 2018) and is a former Deputy Director of the IMF Statistics Department.

Paul Mizen

Paul has been a member of the faculty in the School of Economics at the University of Nottingham since 1992 and is currently Professor of Monetary Economics and Director of the Centre for Finance and Credit Markets. He is a former Bank of England economist and has previously taught at the Economics Departments of the European University Institute, Florence and Princeton University. His research interests span monetary economics, corporate finance and central banking.

Professor Mizen has been a visiting scholar to the US Federal Reserve, the Deutsche Bundesbank, the European Central Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund and several other central banks and universities. He is regularly consulted for his views by central banks. He has published six books and more than 90 articles on various aspects of monetary economics. His work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. He is ranked in the top 10% of economists for 29 out of 37 research quality indicators by IDEAS. Paul is also the Treasurer of the Money, Macro and Finance Research Group.

Ana Galvao

Professor of Economic Modelling and Forecasting at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Ana joined Warwick in 2013 from the School of Economics and Finance of Queen Mary, University of London.

She was the principal investigator of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded research project on "Economic Forecasting under Macroeconomic Uncertainty" over the 2013 to 2015 period. Since April 2017, she has been working on a ONS-funded project on "Measuring and Communicating Data Uncertainty".

She is currently Associate Editor of the International Journal of Forecasting and the Economic Modelling, and is part of the team behind the Warwick Business School Forecasting System. Her teaching includes a novel postgraduate course in economics and business forecasting, with emphasis on their usefulness for decision-making under uncertainty. She was able to place her past PhD students in tenure-track jobs in academia and in policy institutions’ research positions.

Giuliana Batisti

Professor of Economics of Innovation at Warwick Business School. Giuliana 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.

Nick 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 to 2017 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.

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.

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.