Liam Halligan

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Liam James Halligan
Born (1969-04-29) 29 April 1969 (age 48)
London, England
Nationality British/Irish
Education John Lyon School
University of Warwick
St Antony's College, Oxford
Occupation Economist, journalist, broadcaster
Employer The Economist, Financial Times, Channel Four News, GQ, Telegraph Media Group
Spouse(s) Lucy Ward
Children 2 daughters, 1 son
Awards British Press Award, Wincott Award, Business Journalist of the Year Award – see below
Website Official website

Liam Halligan is a British economist, journalist and broadcaster.

Since 2003, Halligan has written his weekly "Economics Agenda" column in The Sunday Telegraph – which has been recognised with a British Press Award.[1][2]

Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management, the world’s largest Russia/CIS-focused asset manager, controlling investments worth over $4bn for a range of institutional clients from Europe, the US and the Middle East, including pension funds, insurance companies, charities and sovereign wealth funds.


Halligan was born and grew up in Kingsbury, London NW9. He won an entrance scholarship to The John Lyon School – where he was Head Boy. He holds a first-class BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Warwick and an M.Phil in Economics from St Antony's College, Oxford,[3] where he was financed by an ESRC competition award. 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]


On completing his undergraduate degree in 1991, Halligan became a research intern at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC. He was a summer intern at the International Monetary Fund in 1992 and 1993, where he worked at the Fiscal Affairs Department under Vito Tanzi. He also spent a full academic year as Head of Research at The Social Market Foundation, a Westminster-based think-tank, where he worked with David Owen, SMF Chairman Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky and Directors Daniel Finkelstein and Rick Nye.

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. During that period, he worked closely with London School of Economics Professor Richard Layard, as well as Russian Deputy Economics Minister Sergei Vasilliev and the Russian economist Andrei Illarionov, who later became an advisor to President Vladimir Putin. Halligan then 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.

In 1996, Halligan returned to the UK to become Political Correspondent at the Financial Times, based at the House of Commons. He then moved to Channel 4 News – where, until 2006, he was the programme’s Economics Correspondent.

While at Channel 4 News, Halligan established himself as an economics/business print commentator. 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. From 2008 to 2010, he had a monthly column in GQ Magazine.

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. He regularly appears on TV and radio to comment on UK and global economic and business trends. His credits include the BBC's Newsnight, Question Time and the Today programme, as well as Sky News, Jeff Randall Live, Frost over the World, CNN's Global Exchange, CNBC Squawk Box, and The Keiser Report.


While at Channel Four News, Halligan researched, wrote and presented several documentaries for the Channel Four Dispatches strand:

February 2007 – "NHS: Where did all the money go?" [7][8]

August 2006 – "Public Service, Private Profit – Investigating PFI" [9][10][11]

January 2006 – "Whose Pension are you Paying?" [12][13]

January 2004 – "How Safe is Your Pension?" [14][15]

In October 2013, he researched, wrote and presented an Analysis for BBC Radio 4 - "Quantitative Easing: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Addiction" [16]

Writing/Broadcasting Awards[edit]

2007 – British Press Awards – Business Commentator of the Year [2]

2007 – Workworld TV Programme of the Year – NHS Dispatches, made with Mentorn Television [17]

2007 – Workworld Columnist of the Year [17]

2006 – Wincott Business Programme of the Year Award – PFI Dispatches, made with Steve Boulton Productions [18]

2006 – Best Broadcast Story, Business Journalist of the Year Awards - £30bn pensions black hole, made with Old Street Films [19]

2005 – Best Broadcast Story, Business Journalist of the Year Awards – How Safe is Your Pension?, made with Mentorn/RawTV [20]

2004 – Workworld TV Programme of the Year – Channel Four News

2003 – Bradford & Bingley Personal Finance Programme of the Year Award – Channel Four News at Noon [21]

2003 – Workworld TV Programme of the Year – Channel Four News

2001 – Workworld TV Programme of the Year – Channel Four News

2001 – Wincott Business Programme of the Year Award – Channel Four News [18]

1999 – Industrial Society Programme of the Year – Channel Four News

1998 – Wincott Business Broadcaster of the Year Award [22]


Outside journalism, Halligan has written chapters, pamphlets and short books with, among others Frank Field and Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky.

2012 - "Africa: The Last True investment Frontier" in The EU and Africa, A. Adebajo & K Whiteman (Eds.) [23]

2009 - "Keynes: Economic Prospects for our Grandchildren", in "Well-being: How to live the good life and how government can help" S. Griffiths and R. Reeves (Eds.) [24]

2006 - "No Choice but Compulsion: Why we should be forced to save for old age", in "Defusing the Pension Time Bomb", Terence O'Dwyer (Ed) [25]

1998 - "Lessons from Attempted Macroeconomic Stabilisations in Russia, with Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky, Social Market Foundation [26]

1997 - "Consumer Price Reforms & Safety Nets in Transition Economies", with Dr Ehtisham Ahmad, in Essays in Honor of Vito Tanzi, Blejer M. & Ter-Minassian T (Eds.) [27]

1997 - "Investment Disincentives in Russia", with Dr Pavel Teplukhin, in Communist Economies and Economic Transformation, Winter 1997 [28]

1995 - "A Guide to Russia's Parliamentary Elections," Economist Intelligence Unit, Vienna.

1994 - "Europe Isn't Working", with Frank Field and Matthew Owen, London: Institute of Community Studies [29]

1993 - "Beyond Unemployment", with Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky, Social Market Foundation [30]

1992 - "Another Great Depression?" with Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky, Social Market Foundation [31]

Irish Citizenship[edit]

As well as being a UK citizen, Halligan is also a citizen of the Republic of Ireland. He regularly appears on Irish radio/TV to comment on UK economics and politics.

In 2012, Halligan was asked by Ireland's Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Eamonn Gilmore to join the Global Irish Network – a high-level advisory board of Irish nationals living outside the Republic of Ireland [32]

In October 2013, Halligan was a panellist at the Kilkenomics economics/comedy festival, held in Kilkenny.[33][34]

Other Activities[edit]

Halligan sits on the Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation.[35] 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.[36]


  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 29 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Antonian Magazine: Michaelmas 2010" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Media., OUBC and Holywell. "Oxford University Boat Club – 1994 Isis crew list available on this site". OUBC. 
  5. ^ "Britain's Debt Pandemic – Cover Story". The New Statesman. Retrieved 24 October 2005. 
  6. ^ "Prospect Author: Liam Halligan". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 27 November 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "NHS: Where did all the money go?". Channel Four. Retrieved 26 February 2007. 
  8. ^ "That is an absolute insult: Patricia Hewitt meets Liam Halligan". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 25 February 2007. 
  9. ^ "Public Service, Private Profit – An Investigation into PFI". Channel 4 Television. Retrieved 14 August 2006. 
  10. ^ "A conspiracy of silence on PFI". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 13 August 2006. 
  11. ^ "TV: Dispatches – Public Service, Private Profit". British Medical Journal. 333 (7564): 402. doi:10.1136/bmj.333.7564.402-a. PMC 1550449Freely accessible. 
  12. ^ "Whose Pension are you Paying?". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2006. 
  13. ^ "26% of council tax goes on public sector pensions". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2006. 
  14. ^ "Smith admits public may have been misled on pension safety". Money Marketing. Retrieved 13 May 2004. 
  15. ^ "How Safe is Your Pension – by Liam Halligan". Episode Calendar. Retrieved 1 May 2004. 
  16. ^ "Analysis: "Quantitative Easing": Miracle Cure or Dangerous Addiction"". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Halligan sees double at Workworld Awards". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2007. 
  18. ^ a b "Wincott Business Television Programme Award: Previous Winners". Harold Wincott Foundation. 
  19. ^ "Business Press Awards Winners 2006". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2006. 
  20. ^ "Business Journalism Award Winners". Guardian Newspapers. Retrieved 11 March 2005. 
  21. ^ "Top Finance Award Winners". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2003. 
  22. ^ "Wincott Business Broadcaster Award: Previous Winners". Harold Wincott Foundation. 
  23. ^ "Africa: The Last True Investment Frontier". Centre for Conflict Resolution: Wits University Press. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Keynes – Economics Possibilities for our Grandchildren" (PDF). Social Market Foundation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  25. ^ "Defusing the Pension Timebomb" (PDF). Stockholm Network. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2006. 
  26. ^ "Lessons from Attempted Macroeconomic Stabilisations in Russia". SMF: Centre for Transition Economies. Retrieved 13 June 1998.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  27. ^ Essays in Honor of Vito Tanzi. Routledge/IMF. Retrieved 15 July 1997.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  28. ^ "Investment Disincentives in Russia". Communist Economies and Economic Transformation. 8: 29–51. doi:10.1080/14631379608427843. Retrieved 14 November 1996.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  29. ^ "Europe Isn't Working". Institute of Community Studies. Retrieved 8 June 1994.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  30. ^ "Beyond Unemployment". Social Market Foundation Occasional Paper No.5. Retrieved 15 June 1993.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  31. ^ Another Great Depression? A polemic for our times. Social Market Foundation, Report No.2. Retrieved 22 October 1992.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  32. ^ "Global Irish Network Forum 2013 – List of Participants". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "Kilkenomics Profile: Liam Halligan". Kilkenomics. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Emerging from debt has been no joke for the Irish". Sunday Telegraph. 16 November 2013. 
  35. ^ "Social Market Foundation: Policy Advisory Panel". Social Market Foundation: Policy Advisory Board. SMF. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. 
  36. ^ "CAGE Visiting Fellows". University of Warwick. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. 

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