Dame Frances Anne Cairncross, DBE (born 30 August 1944 in Otley, England) is a British economist, journalist and academic. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy, UCLA. She chairs the Executive Committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Cairncross was on the staff of The Guardian from 1973-84, and before that spent periods on the financial staff of The Times, The Banker and The Observer. She was on the staff of The Economist for 20 years, most recently as management editor. She chaired the Economic and Social Research Council between 2001 and 2007 and was President of the British Science Association (2005–06).
Her book, The Company of the Future (ISBN 1861974051), was published in 2002 by Harvard Business School Press. In March 2003, she won the Institute of Internal Auditors' annual award for business and management journalism. Cairncross is also the author of The Death of Distance (ISBN 0875848060), a study of the economic and social effects of the global communications revolution, first published in 1997 and re-published in a new edition in 2001.
Education and personal life
In January 1988, Frances Cairncross and Mary Ellen Synon wrote an article from the Economist that depicted the Republic of Ireland as bureaucratic and impoverished.   This article caused anger among both the Fianna Fáil government of the time. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs also criticized the piece, stating that the Economist article "did serious damage to the image of Ireland overseas". 
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