Liam Halligan

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Liam James Halligan
Born (1969-04-29) 29 April 1969 (age 50)
EducationJohn Lyon School
University of Warwick
St Antony's College, Oxford
OccupationEconomist, journalist, broadcaster
EmployerThe Economist, Financial Times, Channel Four News, GQ, Telegraph Media Group
Spouse(s)Lucy Ward
Children2 daughters, 1 son
AwardsBritish Press Award, Wincott Award, Business Journalist of the Year Award – see below
WebsiteOfficial website

Liam Halligan is a British economist, journalist and broadcaster.

Since 2003, Halligan has written his weekly "Economics Agenda" column in The Sunday Telegraph.[1][2]


Halligan was born and grew up in Kingsbury, London NW9, into an Irish Catholic family.[citation needed] He won an entrance scholarship to The John Lyon School.[citation needed] He holds graduated in Economics from the University of Warwick and an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford,[3] While at Oxford, he was a member of the Oxford University Boat Club and rowed in the 1994 Isis (2nd Boat) Race crew which lost to Cambridge.[4]


In 1994, after his graduate degree, Halligan moved to Moscow – where he co-founded Russian Economic Trends, an independent source of data and commentary, and the Russian European Centre for Economic Policy, which advised the Russian government.[citation needed] Halligan wrote a weekly column for The Moscow Times and covered Russia for The Economist and The Economist Intelligence Unit, while also writing on the Former Soviet Union for The Wall Street Journal and Euromoney.[citation needed]

In 1996, Halligan returned to the UK to become Political Correspondent at the Financial Times.[citation needed] He then moved to Channel 4 News.[citation needed]

Between 1999 and 2002, he wrote a weekly column for Sunday Business, before moving to The Sunday Telegraph in 2003. In 2006/07, Halligan was Economics Editor at The Sunday Telegraph.

Halligan has also written for The Spectator, the New Statesman,[5] Prospect,[6] House Magazine and the Parliamentary Monitor, as well as presenting Wake up to Money on BBC Radio Five Live.


  • 1998 – Wincott Business Broadcaster of the Year Award [7]
  • 2005 – Best Broadcast Story, Business Journalist of the Year Awards – How Safe is Your Pension?, made with Mentorn/RawTV [8]
  • 2006 – Best Broadcast Story, Business Journalist of the Year Awards – £30bn pensions black hole, made with Old Street Films [9]
  • 2007 – Workworld Columnist of the Year [10]
  • 2007 – British Press Awards – Business Commentator of the Year [2]

Irish Ties[edit]

In 2012, Halligan was asked by the Republic of Ireland's Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Eamon Gilmore to join the Global Irish Network – a high-level advisory board of Irish nationals living outside the island of Ireland.[11]

Other Activities[edit]

Halligan sits on the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation.[12] He is also on the Advisory Panel of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, an ESRC-funded research centre based within the Economics Department of the University of Warwick.[13]


  1. ^ "Telegraph Economic Commentator: Liam Halligan". Sunday Telegraph.
  2. ^ a b "Press Gazette: British Press Award Winners, 2007". Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Antonian Magazine: Michaelmas 2010" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. ^ Media., OUBC and Holywell. "Oxford University Boat Club – 1994 Isis crew list available on this site". OUBC.
  5. ^ Halligan, Liam (24 October 2005). "The Debt Pandemic". New Statesman. London. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Prospect Author: Liam Halligan". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Wincott Business Broadcaster Award: Previous Winners". Harold Wincott Foundation.
  8. ^ "Business Journalism Award Winners". The Guardian. London. 11 March 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Business Press Awards Winners 2006". Press Gazette. London. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Halligan sees double at Workworld Awards". Press Gazette. London. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Global Irish Network Forum 2013 – List of Participants". Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Social Market Foundation: Policy Advisory Panel". Social Market Foundation: Policy Advisory Board. SMF. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  13. ^ "CAGE Visiting Fellows". University of Warwick. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012.

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