Peter J. N. Sinclair

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Peter James Niven Sinclair (born 18 September 1946)[1] is a British economist. He is Professor in Economics at the University of Birmingham. Previously, he was fellow and tutor at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Early life[edit]

Sinclair grew up in London and Norfolk and was educated at Gresham's School[1] and the University of Oxford, where he gained his BA and doctorate. His first job, before the university, was in the export department of Linde AG in Germany. This sharpened his lifelong interest in international economics.


Peter Sinclair taught at Oxford for twenty four years, mainly in economic theory, monetary policy and international economics, as fellow and tutor in economics at Brasenose College where he was a popular junior Dean. Since 1994 he has been Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham.

Sinclair has published widely on a range of economic subjects, including the optimal rate of inflation, central bank independence, the costs and benefits of monetary union, and international trade policy. He became Director of the Bank of England's Centre for Central Banking Studies in 2000[2] and contributed to their quarterly bulletin, often providing an academic's perspective on contemporary monetary issues.[3]

He is the author of numerous articles and books on economics, one written with his wife, the economist Shelagh Heffernan, who was Professor of Banking and Finance at the Cass Business School, City University London. His main research interests include inflation, unemployment and tax questions, often in the open economy setting. He has served as consultant to the Financial Services Authority, the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor. A former visiting professor at the University of British Columbia and Queen's University in Canada, he has also lectured in China, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lesotho, Poland, Russia and the United States. He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and University of Warwick, and chairman of the Royal Economic Society Easter School, and the International Economics Study Group. His non-economics interests include architecture, history and languages.

Former students[edit]

Sinclair's most notable former student is David Cameron.[4] Others include King Letsie III, Camilla Cavendish, Peter Conradi, Diane Coyle, Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson, Dave Ramsden and Guy Spier.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Old Greshamian Club Address Book (Cheverton & Son Ltd., Cromer, 1999) p. 43
  2. ^ "New Director for BOE Centre for Central Banking Studies". News Release. Bank of England. February 14, 2000. 
  3. ^ "Search Results for "Peter Sinclair" "Quarterly Bulletin"". Bank of England. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  4. ^ Elliott, Francis (2007). Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative. HarperCollins UK. p. 67. ISBN 9780007243662.