Larry Elliott

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Larry Elliott is an English journalist and author who focuses on economic issues. He is the economics editor at The Guardian, and has published seven books on related issues, six of them in partnership with Dan Atkinson.

Life and career[edit]

Elliott was educated at St Albans School,[1] an independent school for boys in St Albans in Hertfordshire in southern England, followed by Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he read History.[2]

Journalistic career[edit]

Elliott's areas of particular interest are globalisation, trade, Europe, development, and the interface between economics and the environment. He is on the editorial board of Catalyst, on the board of the Scott Trust, a council member of the Overseas Development Institute, and a visiting fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

Elliott's book Fantasy Island (2007) argued that the British economy was weaker than it appeared and a recession could dramatically damage its base of services.[3][4] He supported Britain leaving the European Union[5][6] after having voted to leave the EEC in 1975.[7] Elliott is an outspoken critic of the European Union, authoring articles for the Guardian such as “Brexit is a rejection of Globalisation,”[8] saying that the decision of the UK population to leave the European Union in 2016, is testament to the failure of the E.U. to act on promises it previously made to protect its member states from the worst extends of Globalisation. In Elliott's view, these include the funding of more affordable homes, and the provision of more employment opportunities. [9]


  • Europe Didn't Work by Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson (Yale University Press, 2017).
  • Europe Isn't Working by Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson (Yale University Press, 2016).
  • Going South: Why Britain will have a Third World Economy by 2014 by Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • The Gods that Failed: How Blind Faith in Markets has Cost us Our Future by Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson (The Bodley Head, 2008) ISBN 978-1-84792-030-0.
  • Fantasy Island by Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson (Constable, 2007) ISBN 1-84529-605-2.
  • In or Out: Labour and the Euro by Larry Elliott, Andrew Gamble, Janet Bush (Fabian Society, 2002) ISBN 0-7163-0601-8.
  • The Age of Insecurity by Larry Elliott, Dan Atkinson (Verso Books, 1998) ISBN 0-18-598484-3.


  1. ^ Gillespie, Jonathan (29 June 2017). "Headmaster's Notes: Building Futures". OA Bulletin (Summer 2017). St Albans School Development Office. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Larry Elliott lecture online". Fitzwilliam College. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  3. ^ Randall, Jeff (16 May 2007). "Blair's 'Fantasy Island' should face same scrutiny as company directors". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  4. ^ Atkinson, Dan (26 May 2007). "Fantasy Island - Blair's 'devastating' legacy". Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  5. ^ Elliott, Larry (20 May 2016). "Brexit may be the best answer to a dying eurozone: Staying in the EU means hitching ourselves to an undemocratic project run by and for a remote elite". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Anna. "Larry Elliott: 'Economics is not a hard science, it's really more like a form of medieval witchcraft'". Varsity. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  7. ^ "'The establishment is trying to keep us in the EU'". Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  8. ^ "'Brexit is a rejection of globalisation". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  9. ^ "'Brexit is a rejection of globalisation". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2020.

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