Robert Chote

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Robert Chote
Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility
Assumed office
4 October 2010[1]
Preceded by Sir Alan Budd
Personal details
Born (1968-01-24) 24 January 1968 (age 49)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Sharon White (m.1997)
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge
City University, London
Johns Hopkins University

Robert Chote (born 24 January 1968)[2] is a British economist and current chairman of the Office of Budget Responsibility.[3]


Chote completed his secondary education at St Mary's College in Bitterne Park, Southampton.[4] In 1989 he graduated from Queens' College, Cambridge (where he was president of Cambridge University Social Democrats, and, after the merger of the SDP with the Liberals, chair of Cambridge University Social and Liberal Democrats). He then studied at City University, London, and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in the United States.[5]


Chote began his career as a reporter and columnist at The Independent, and was named Young Financial Journalist of the Year in 1993 when working for the Independent on Sunday by the Wincott Foundation. He then moved to the Financial Times to become Economics Editor in 1995.[5]

From 1999 he served as an adviser to the senior management of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he worked under Stanley Fischer and Anne Krueger. Chote was appointed director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies in October 2002.[5] He has also served as a member of the Statistics Advisory Committee of the Office for National Statistics.

In September 2010, he was appointed as chairman of the Office of Budget Responsibility, succeeding Sir Alan Budd. This appointment was subject to Parliamentary approval which was received.[6] He started as Chairman on 4 October 2010. As of 2015, Chote was paid a salary of between £150,000 and £154,999 by the department, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Since 1997 Robert Chote has been married to Sharon White,[8][9] Chief Executive of the UK communications regulator Ofcom.


  1. ^ "Today's Stock Market News and Analysis". Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Robert Chote CV". UK Parliament. Oct 2010. Retrieved 24 Jan 2014. 
  3. ^ "Robert Chote to head Office for Budget Responsibility". BBC News. 2010-09-09. 
  4. ^ "St Mary's College - Southampton Private Day School". 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  5. ^ a b c "Robert Chote". Institute for Fiscal Studies. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  6. ^ Aldrick, Philip (2010-09-17). "Robert Chote tells MPs: open OBR to all parties". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  7. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  8. ^ McElwee, M (2000) The Great and the Good? The rise of the new class, p, 55. London: Centre for Policy Studies.
  9. ^ "We've never seen public finances get so bad in such a short time". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 

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