Laurie MacFarlane

Economist, Economy and Finance
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Team: Economy & Finance

Laurie joined the Economy and Finance team in early 2016. He is an economist whose work focuses on reforming the financial sector and the economy to align with long term interests of society. Most recently his work has focused on putting meaningful banking reform on the UK agenda, and he is also working on a joint-project examining options for monetary reform in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School. He has a particular interest in analysing the links between UK housing crisis, the finance system and inequality.

Prior to joining NEF Laurie was Head of Analysis at the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, an economic regulator which ensures that water customers receive value for money. Here he led a small team of economic analysts in formulating regulatory policy, undertaking economic and financial analysis and engaging with industry stakeholders. He also spent one year in the Markets and Economics division at Ofwat, the regulator of the industry in England and Wales, where he worked on establishing the recent water company price determinations.

He has also worked closely with Common Weal, a progressive Scottish think tank which aims to promote a new vision for economic, social and cultural development in Scotland. Here he co-authored a number of papers focusing on economic reform and contributed to the recently published book ‘Common Weal: A Book of ideas’. Laurie has a first class degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde.

Outside of work Laurie enjoys reading obscure non-fiction, cooking and seeing live music.

Blog post // August 5, 2016

RBS results: big losses require big changes

Breaking up the bank would protect our economy and invest in left-behind communities More

Blog post // July 14, 2016

5 priorities for the new Chancellor Philip Hammond

From creating good jobs across the UK, to making something of taxpayer-owned RBS More

Blog post // May 27, 2016

More evidence that the cuts have failed

Missed targets prove austerity's failed its own tests - and that we need a new strategy More