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Jonathan Haskel is Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London and Director of the Doctoral Programme at the School.  He was previously Professor and Head of Department at the Department of Economics, Queen Mary, University of London.  He has taught at the University of Bristol and London Business School and been a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA; Stern School of Business, New York University, USA;  and the Australian National University. 

He is an elected member of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) and a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, and the IZA, Bonn.

Since September 2015, he has been a member of the Financial Conduct Authority Competition Decisions Committee and the Payment System Regulator Enforcement and Competition Decisions Committee.

Since February 2016, he has been a non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority.

Between 2001-2010 was a Member, Reporting Panel of the Competition Commission (now the Competition and Markets Authority), on market inquiries into Mobile Phones, Home Credit and Airports, and the EMAP/ABI merger.

He has been on the editorial boards of Economica, Journal of Industrial Economics and Economic Policy.

Between 2013 and 2016, he was an elected member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society and between November 2012 and December 2015, a member of the "Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts" (RISE) high level group advising the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science on policy.

Short research statement: My main research interests are productivity, innovation, intangible investment and growth.  I currently study (a) how much firms investment in “intangible” or "knowledge" assets, such as software, R&D and new business processes (b) how much such investment contributes to economic growth as whole and (c) what public policy implications there might be, especially for science policy.  This work uses a mix of data at the levelsof company, individual, industry and whole economy.

My  work on the contribution of science to economic growth was kindly extensively quoted by ministers in the run up to the 2010 Spending Review where the science budget escaped large cutsHere is a video of me talking about why the science budget should be defended. 

Indigo Prize

In October 2017 I was the joint winner of the first Indigo Prize , for re-engineering GDP, in a team with Carol Corrado, Kevin Fox, Peter Goodridge, Cecilia Jona-Lasinio, Dan Sichel and Stian Westlake.  Links to our essay, coverage in the FT, Daily Telegraph, Imperial College.

Vox-EU podcast.

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BOOKS AND Papers in progress:


Haskel, J and Westlake, S, (2017), Capitalism without Capital: the Rise of the Intangible Economy.  Princeton University Press, Publication date: 6th December 2017. University Press site.  First chapter. Comments and partial summaries by Tyler Cowan, Marginal Revolution, on intangibles and profits here and venture capital here.  Summary of intangibles, inequality and superstar firms in Harvard Business Review here.

2min 40sec video summary.


The National, Scotland.


City AM.

ThenDoBetter blogpost.

Events and Videos

9 Nov 2017.  Institute for Government, London. VideoSoundcloud.
23 Nov 2017: Royal Society of Arts, LondonVideo.
28 Nov 2017. Official launch of book: Imperial College London.  Prelaunch: 2min 40sec video summary


Repec page Papers 

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Recent talks and seminars

RES/ONS/RSS meeting, “Challenges for Economic Statistics in the Digital Age”, Wednesday 05 July 2017, 3:00pm - 6:00pm, slides.

Talk to Imperial college Students, 6th Sept 2017, "Capitalism without Capital". Slides. YouTube video of talk, starts 2:40.10.  

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Jonathan’s C.V. 

My blog

My twitter account

Link to Google Scholar

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Full contact details

Prof. Jonathan Haskel
Imperial College Business School
South Kensingon Campus,
Tanaka Building, Room 296
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ
T:  44-20 7594 8563
T: 44-20 7594 1916(Administrator)
F:  44-20 7594 5915

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Corrado C, Haskel J, Jona-Lasinio C, Public intangibles: the public sector and economic growth in the SNA, Review of Income and Wealth, ISSN:1475-4991

Haskel J, Knowledge spillovers, ICT and productivity growth, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, ISSN:1468-0084

Haskel J, The Trade and Labour Approaches to Wage Inequality

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