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Royal Economic Society and University of Warwick

Stefania Paredes Fuentes

MIT

Jonathan Parker

Jonathan A. Parker is the Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Finance, Head of the MIT Sloan Finance Department, and co-director of the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy. He has held numerous service positions and consulting positions, including Area Head of Economics, Finance and Accounting at Sloan, Editor of the NBER Macroeconomics Annual, and Special Adviser on Financial Stability for the Office of Financial Stability in the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2009. He currently serves as an Economic Adviser for the Congressional Budget Office, a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a Research Fellow at the JP Morgan Chase Institute, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. An expert in finance, macroeconomics, and household behavior, Professor Parker has published widely on topics such as macroeconomic risks and asset returns, fiscal stabilization policy, national saving, household financial decisions, the measurement of business cycles, and modeling human economic behaviour.

National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Urvish Patel

Urvish is a member of the Macroeconomics Team at NIESR, working on forecasting the UK economy and contributing to ongoing improvements in NIESR’s global macroeconomic model, NiGEM. He is also developing models for the devolved nations of the UK and has been focusing on the rising cost of living and subsequent squeeze on real incomes in the UK. His main research interests are in macroeconomic performance and policy, especially in India, and Central Banking, particularly macroprudential policy.

Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Raj Patel

Raj is the strategic lead for policy engagement and impact at Understanding Society. He was previously a Director at the Learning & Skills Network, where he ran a large commercial research function and an independent think tank. His career includes formulating strategy and policy at one of the UK’s largest campaigns to stimulate enterprise culture amongst young adults, and heading up Research and Development at the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now DLUHC). He has operated across government, business, academia, and the charity sector at a senior level.

University College London

Elise Paul

Dr Elise Paul joined the Institute of Epidemiology & Health at UCL in September 2020. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on psychosocial predictors of mental and physical health outcomes across the lifespan. She completed her PhD in 2017 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Her doctoral thesis examined predictors of self-harm ideation and behaviours in childhood and adolescence, with a particular focus on child abuse and neglect. Since then, she has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization implementing their global suicide prevention strategy. Elise is currently involved in several projects at UCL, including writing a review on loneliness and risk for cardiovascular disease.

Frontier Economics

Gillian Paull

Gillian Paull is a Senior Associate in the Public Policy practice at Frontier Economics. She undertakes research on the labour market and family-related policy for a variety of government departments and non-governmental organisations, with a particular focus on evaluating policy relating to childcare, mothers’ employment and poverty. Gillian has previously worked for the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and also served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare.