Charlie Bean (economist)

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Sir Charlie Bean
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Deputy Governor of the Bank of England for Monetary Policy
In office
2008 – 30 June 2014
GovernorMervyn King
Mark Carney
Preceded byRachel Lomax
Member of the Monetary Policy Committee
In office
October 2000 – 30 June 2014
GovernorSir Edward George (2000–2003)
Mervyn King (2003–2013)
Mark Carney (2013–2014)
Personal details
Born (1953-09-16) 16 September 1953 (age 66)
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ProfessionEconomist, Central Banker
Academic career
Robert Solow[1]
Fabrizio Zilibotti
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Sir Charles Richard Bean (born 16 September 1953) is a British economist and was Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England from 1 July 2008 until 30 June 2014.[2] From 2000 to 2008, he served as Chief Economist at the Bank.

Bean attended Brentwood School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and was a contemporary of the comedian Griff Rhys Jones at both and the writer, Douglas Adams, and the MP Fabian Hamilton at Brentwood School. He gained his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 with a thesis titled Essays in unemployment and economic activity under the supervision of Robert Solow.[3] In 1990 he was visiting Professor at Stanford University in 1990, and then a lecturer at the London School of Economics, becoming a professor in 1990 and head of the Economics Department in 1999.

He has published articles on European unemployment, the Economic and Monetary Union, and on macroeconomics generally. He was Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies from 1986 to 1990. Bean has also served in a variety of public policy roles, such as consultant to Her Majesty's Treasury and as special adviser to both the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons and to the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. He was a special adviser to the House of Lords enquiry into the European Central Bank.

He was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to monetary policy and central banking.[4][5]


  1. ^ Bean, Charles Richard (1982). Essays in unemployment and economic activity (Ph.D.). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Szu Ping Chan (14 March 2014). "Broadbent to replace Bean as BoE deputy governor and Nemat Shafik joins MPC - first woman in four years". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Essays in unemployment and economic activity / by Charles Richard Bean". MIT Library. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  4. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b2.
  5. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours List: deputy Bank of England governor Charlie Bean knighted". 13 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.

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