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Former OBR chairman joins King's as visiting professor

A leading economist, who has served as chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility and advisor to the International Monetary Fund, is set to join King’s College London as a visiting professor.

Former OBR chairman, Robert Chote. Picture: NEWSNIGHT

Robert Chote will bring his extensive experience in the world of economics to his work with academics and researchers in the Department of Political Economy, which sits within the School of Politics and Economics.

Robert served as chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, the UK’s fiscal watchdog, from 2010 to 2020 and, from 2017 to 2020, he also chaired the OECD’s network of parliamentary budget officials and independent fiscal institutions.

Previously, Robert served as director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 2002 to 2010, as an advisor to senior management at the International Monetary Fund from 1999 to 2002, as Economics Editor of the Financial Times from 1995 to 1999, and as an economics and business writer on the Independent and Independent on Sunday from 1990 to 1994.

Dr Andrew Blick, head of the Department of Political Economy, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Robert to the department as visiting professor and look forward to working closely with him in the months ahead, drawing on his experience working with some of the foremost financial institutions in the UK and the international community.”

Robert studied economics at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he is now an honorary fellow, journalism at City University in London and public policy at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of York.

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Andrew  Blick

Andrew Blick

Head of the Department of Political Economy and Reader in Politics and Contemporary History