Tim Leunig

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Timothy Charles Leunig (born 26 February 1971) [1] is an economist at the London School of Economics's Department of Economic History. [2] After a long career as a Special Advisor, he became a Director at the economic consultants Public First.


Early life

Leunig attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, a boy's grammar school in Rochester, Kent.[ citation needed ]

Leunig gained a 1st class BA degree in Modern History and Economics, [3] and then an MPhil in Economics in 1994, and a DPhil in Economics in 1996, all from Oxford University. He won the George Webb Medley Junior and Senior Prize in 1992 and 1994 at Oxford. From the Economic History Association, he won their Alexander Gerschenkron prize in 1997.


In 1998, Leunig joined the London School of Economics. From January 2011 to October 2012, he was Chief Economist at the think tank CentreForum. [4]

Leunig has written for Financial Times , Prospect and Inside Housing . [5]


Leunig was the Editor of Explorations in Economic History between 2008 and 2012.

Economic research

Leunig is interested in the productivity of Britain's labour force, from a current or historical perspective. He is known to compare the state of Britain's economy with Britain in the industrial revolution; he has knowledge of both.

Special adviser

Leunig was the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Education between 2014-17. From 7 September 2023 to 6 October 2023 he was the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Education. [6]

Personal life

Leunig married Julia Cerutti in 1996 in north Oxfordshire, who attended St Hilda's College, Oxford, from 1989 to 1992.

He is a keen gardener, and his garden, with a stream and waterfall, is part of the National Garden Scheme. [7]

He has been[ when? ] supportive of the Kingston upon Thames Liberal Democrats. [8] [ better source needed ]

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  1. "Timothy Charles LEUNIG - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk.
  2. Science, London School of Economics and Political. "Department of Economic History".
  3. "History & Economics". Archived from the original on 10 March 2012.
  4. Response from Tim Leunig, Social Market Foundation, 21 February 2012
  5. Helen Margetts; Perri 6; Christopher Hood, eds. (17 June 2010). Paradoxes of Modernization. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN   978-0-19-161444-6 . Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  6. https://www.gov.uk/government/people/tim-leunig
  7. "Your chance to view couple's high-profile garden in Surbiton - Surrey Comet". www.surreycomet.co.uk.
  8. "Kingston Liberal Democrats - Greater Fairness and Opportunity for All in Kingston Upon Thames". 10 October 2013.
Business positions
Preceded by Editor of Explorations in Economic History
2008 –
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