Roger Bootle is Executive Chairman of Capital Economics. He is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the last Conservative government in the UK, he was a member of the former Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called “Wise Men”. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph and also appears frequently on television and radio. He holds two degrees from Oxford University and his first job was as a Lecturer in Economics there, at St Anne’s College.
Roger’s latest book, The Trouble with Europe, published in April of this year in paperback, examines how the EU needs to be reformed and what could take its place if it fails to change. This book follows The Trouble with Markets and Money for Nothing, which were 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. Initially dismissed as extreme, The Death of Inflation is now widely recognised as prophetic. Roger is also joint author of the book Theory of Money, and author of Index-Linked Gilts.