Wendy Carlin

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Wendy Carlin
SpouseAndrew Glyn
Academic career
InstitutionUniversity College London
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Andrea Boltho
AwardsCBE (2015)
Rhodes Scholarship
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Wendy Joan Carlin, CBE FBA (born 1957) is a professor of economics at University College London, expert advisor to the Office for Budget Responsibility, and research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.[1][2] Her research focuses on macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and the economics of transition.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Carlin was born in 1957, her father Brian Frederick Carlin was an agricultural scientist.[4] Carlin completed her undergraduate education at Murdoch University, Australia in 1978.[5][6] She then went on to study for a master's degree and PhD at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, finishing in 1987. Her thesis was entitled The development of the factor distribution of income and profitability in West Germany, 1945-1973 and was supervised by Andrea Boltho.[7] In her early academic career, Carlin focused on contemporary economics and economic history, and in particular, West Germany.[8][9] The statistician John Carlin is her brother.


During her PhD studies, Carlin was a lecturer in economics at Christ Church, Oxford.[10] After her PhD she moved to the Department of Economics at UCL where she has remained since.[11] She was appointed professor at UCL in 2002.[11]

In 2000, Carlin became a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.[11] Since 2011, Carlin has been a member of the expert advisory board to the Office for Budget Responsibility.[11] Between 2000 and 2015 she was co-managing editor (with Philippe Aghion) of Economics of Transition.[12]

In 2013, Carlin was one of the founders of Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics (CORE), for which she is now the director. CORE is a new introductory course in economics provided free to students and teachers,[13][14] hoping to "reform the undergraduate economics curriculum",[15] in which economists "will learn to use evidence from history, experiments and other data sources to test competing explanations and policies"[16] CORE is funded by grants from various organisations, including Open Society Foundations, Friends Provident Foundation and Nuffield Foundation[17] and is based in the Economics Department at University College London.[18] The CORE project has produced an interactive open-access e-book for an introductory course in economics, currently being used at universities around the world such as UCL, Sciences Po, Toulouse School of Economics, Humboldt University, and many more.[19]

In 2015, she became a member of the council of the Royal Economic Society.[11]

Carlin has written three books, all coauthored with David Soskice:[20]

  • Macroeconomics and the Wage Bargain: A Modern Approach to Employment, Inflation and the Exchange Rate (1990)
  • Macroeconomics: Imperfections, Institutions and Policies (2006)
  • Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability and the Financial System (2015)

The third book integrates the financial system into the macroeconomic model to allow for analysis of financial cycles as well as business cycles and growth.

Since 2019, Carlin has served as an External Professor to the Santa Fe Institute[21]

Awards and honours[edit]

In September 2014, Carlin was awarded an honorary degree in economics from Murdoch University.[22]

In 2016, Carlin was awarded a CBE in the new year honours, for services to economics and public finance.[23]

Carlin received the 2019 Economics Network Outstanding Career Achievement in Economics Education award.[24]

She is also a fellow of the European Economic Association[25] and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2023.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Carlin was married to University of Oxford economics lecturer Andrew Glyn, with whom she had two children. Glyn died in December 2007 from brain cancer.[4]


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  4. ^ a b "Glyn, Andrew John (1943–2007), economist and socialist | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/99345. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ "CV - Wendy Carlin - UCL Economics". sites.google.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Alumni profile: The Professor of common sense". media.murdoch.edu.au. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  7. ^ Wendy., Carlin (1987). "The development of the factor distribution of income and profitability in West Germany, 1945-1973". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Carlin, Wendy (1996). Post-war European Growth: West German growth and institutions, 1945-1990. Cambridge University Press. pp. 455–497.
  9. ^ Carlin, Wendy (2015). European Social Models From Crisis to Crisis: Employment and Inequality in the Era of Monetary Integration: The Transformation of the German Model. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  10. ^ "Alumni profile: The Professor of common sense". Murdoch University. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e Carlin, Wendy. "Curriculum Vitae". University College London. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Professor Wendy Carlin - RMIT University". www.rmit.edu.au. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Interview with Professor Wendy Carlin – Drayton Tribune". www.draytontribune.com. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  14. ^ "The Ronald Tress Memorial Lecture: Trump, Brexit and Economics". Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  15. ^ UCL (15 May 2018). "Professor Wendy Carlin". UCL European Institute. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  16. ^ Carlin, Wendy (2013). "Economics explains our world – but economics degrees don't". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Who funds CORE?". The CORE Project. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Contact us". The CORE Project. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Wendy Carlin - UCL Economics - CORE project". sites.google.com. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  20. ^ "Professor Wendy Carlin". www.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  21. ^ "SFI welcomes 11 new external researchers". www.santafe.edu/. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  22. ^ "Honorary degree for international economist". media.murdoch.edu.au. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Wendy Carlin awarded CBE in New Year's Honours list". University College London. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  24. ^ "Past award winners". Economics Network. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  25. ^ "Fellows | EEA". www.eeassoc.org. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  26. ^ "Professor Wendy Carlin FBA". The British Academy. Retrieved 21 October 2023.