Tim Leunig

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Timothy Charles Leunig (born 1971) is an economist at the London School of Economics's Department of Economic History.[1] He is currently[when?] on two years' leave to work as a Ministerial Policy Adviser at the Department for Education.

Early life[edit]

He gained a 1st class BA degree in Modern History and Economics[2] from The Queen's College, Oxford, then an MPhil in Economics in 1994, and a PhD in 1996 in Economics. He won the George Webb Medley Junior and Senior Prize in 1992 and 1994 at Oxford. From the Economic History Association he won their Alexander Gerschenkron prize in 1997.


In 1998 he joined the London School of Economics. From January 2011 to October 2012, he was Chief Economist at the think tank CentreForum.


Leunig was Editor of Explorations in Economic History between 2008 and 2012.

Economic research[edit]

He is interested in the productivity of Britain's labour force, from a current or historical perspective. He is known to compare the state of Britain's economy with Britain in the industrial revolution; he has the knowledge of both.

Personal life[edit]

He married Julia Cerutti in 1996 in north Oxfordshire, who attended St Hilda's College, Oxford from 1989-1992. He is a keen gardener and his garden, with a stream and waterfall, is part of the National Gardens Scheme.[3]


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Business positions
Preceded by
Richard H. Steckel
Editor of Explorations in Economic History
2008 –
Succeeded by