Simon Kirby

Simon is a Senior Manager at the Bank of England. Previously he was Head of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting at NIESR.

Research Interests

Simon’s research interests include empirical macroeconomics and forecasting.


Simon has an MSc (Econ) in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from Birkbeck College, as well as a BA in Economics and Human Resource Management from Keele University.


  • Senior Manager, Bank of England, 2018 – present
  • Senior Economist, Bank of England, 2017 – 2018
  • Head of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting, NIESR, 2014-2017
  • Principal Research Fellow, NIESR, 2011-2014
  • Research Fellow, NIESR, 2007-2011
  • Senior Research Officer, NIESR, 2005-2007
  • Research Officer, NIESR, 1999-2005

Additional Information


  • Kirby, S. (2015) ‘Commentary: the macroeconomic implications of the parties’ fiscal plans’, National Institute Economic Review, No. 231, pp. F4-F11.
  • Riley, R., Bewley, H., Kirby, S., Rincon-Aznar, A., George, A., (2011) The introduction of Jobcentre Plus: An evaluation of labour market impacts, Department for Work and Pensions Research Report No 781.
  • Holland, D., Kirby, S. and Orazgani, A. (2011) ‘Modelling the sovereign debt crisis in Europe’, National Institute Economic Review, No. 217 pp. F37-F45.
  • Barrell R, Davis E P, Fic T., Holland D., Kirby S., and Liadze I (2009) ‘Optimal regulation of bank capital and liquidity: how to calibrate new international standards’ FSA Occasional Paper no. 38, October.
  • Barrell, R., Hurst, A.I. and Kirby, S. (2009) ‘The macroeconomic implications of pension reform’, in Franco, D. (ed.), Pension Reform, Fiscal Policy and Economic Performance, Bank of Italy, pp. 503–14.
  • Kirby, S., Riley, R., (2008) ‘The external returns to education: UK evidence using repeated cross-sections’, Labour Economics, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 619-630.
  • Barrell, R., Kirby, S and Riley, R. (2006) ‘Pensions, Saving and the UK Economy’, Report for the Pensions Commission.
  • Bryson, A., Forth, J. and Kirby, S. (2005)  ‘High Involvement Management Practices, Trade Union Representation and Workplace Performance in Britain’, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 451-91.
  • Kirby, S. and Riley, R. (2004)  ‘Compulsory work-focused interviews for inactive benefit claimants: an evaluation of the British ONE pilots’, Labour Economics, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 415-29.