David is a Research Economist in the Trade, Investment & Productivity directorate at NIESR, and a Research Associate at the Economic Statistics Center of Excellence (ESCoE). His main research interest is to analyse, measure and understand modern economies. Together with Prof. Diane Coyle he is working on improving measurements of GDP and welfare, focussing on the importance of intangible inputs in an increasingly digital economy (e.g. cloud services, AI, data). Related to this he also works on the servitisation of the manufacturing sector, and the phenomenon of ‘factoryless’ manufacturing. Further, David is interested in international linkages via trade, migration and foreign investment. As an Economic Geographer he is concerned with how these are spatially manifested and can result in disadvantages for people living in certain places.
He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics, and graduated with an MSc in Local Economic Development from the same institution. Further, he graduated with a BSc in Economics from Utrecht University and also studied Business Economics during an exchange at LUISS. Previously he has worked as a consultant in London, helping governments to attract foreign investment and as an intern in the economic research centre of the Bundesbank. During his PhD he worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant and lecturer at LSE across various courses, including the Political Economy of Europe, Economics of European Integration, and Introduction to Quantitative Analysis.
PhD in Economic Geography, London School of Economics, 2013 – 2018
MSc in Local Economic Development, London School of Economics, 2012
BSc in Economics and Business Economics, Utrecht University, 2011
2017 - present, Research Associate, Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence
2017 - present, Economist, NIESR
2013 – 2017, Graduate Teaching Assistant / Research Assistant / Lecturer, London School of Economics
2012 – Junior Consultant, GDP Global Development