Professor Dame Diane Coyle CBE

Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the University’s Bennett Institute for Public Policy, heading research under the themes of progress and productivity.

Research Interests

Diane’s research focuses on the digital economy, including competition in digital markets, and measurement of the digital economy in the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence. Her latest book, ‘Markets, State and People – Economics for Public Policy’, examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources. Her previous book was the bestseller, GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History.


Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an expert adviser to the Competition and Markets Authority, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. She has previously held a number of public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee, and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester until March 2018.She served as chair of the NIESR Council until December 2020.  She was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in 2018.

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Twitter: @DianeCoyle1859 / @BennettInst

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Selected work:

  • “Cogs and Monsters: What Economics Is and What It Should Be”, Princeton University Press, October 2021.
  • “Crisis and state transformation: Covid-19, levelling-up and the UK’s Incoherent State” (with David Richards, Sam Warner, Martin Smith), Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 2022.
  • “Time Use, Wellbeing and Productivity” (with Leonard Nakamura), International Productivity Monitor, July 2022, 1-22.
  • “From Covid19 to green recovery with natural capital accounting” (with Michael Vardon & others), Ambio, 2022.
  • “Respecting the subject in wellbeing public policy: beyond the social planner perspective”, (with Mark Fabian, Anna Alexandrova, Matthew Agarwala & Marco Felici (2022) Journal of European Public
    Policy, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2022.2093947
  • “Telecoms Deflators: A Story of Volume and revenue Weights”, (with Abdirahman, M., Heys, R. & Stewart, W.) Economie et Statistique / Economics and Statistics, 530-31, 43–59. doii: 10.24187/ecostat.2022.530.2063
  • “Socializing Data”, Daedalus, 151 (2) Spring 2022 pp 348-359
  • “Shaping successful mega-project investments”, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 38, Issue 5, Spring 2022.
  • “The State and the Market”, Concurrences: revue des droits de la concurrence, 2022, Vol 1, pp5-9.
  • “The Public Option”, Philosophy, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 91, 39-52. doi:10.1017/S1358246121000394
  • “Capitalism: What Has Gone Wrong?” (with Paul Collier, Colin Mayer & Martin Wolf), Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 37, Issue 4, Winter 2021, Pages 637–649,
  • “Productivity in UK Healthcare During and After the Covid19 Pandemic” (with Kaya Dreesbeimdiek and Annabel Manley), National Institute Economic Review, 2021 258, 90-116. doi:10.1017/nie.2021.25
  • “English Devolution and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Governing Dilemmas in the Shadow of the Treasury” (with Sam Warner, Dave Richards & Martin Smith) The Political Quarterly, (2021) 92: 321-330.
  • “To Them That Hath: Economic Complexity and Local Industrial Strategy in the UK” (with Penny Mealy), International Tax and Public Finance, 2021. DOI :10.1007/s10797-021-09667-0