Questions and answers about coronavirus and the UK economy
Questions and answers about coronavirus and the UK economy


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University of Oxford

Carl Benedikt Frey

Carl Benedikt Frey is Oxford Martin Citi Fellow at Oxford University where he directs the programme on the Future of Work at the Oxford Martin School. Frey has served as an advisor and consultant to international organisations, think tanks, government and business, including the G20, the OECD, the European Commission, and the United Nations. He is also an op-ed contributor to the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, and the Wall Street Journal, where he has written on the economics of artificial intelligence, the history of technology, and the future of work.
His most recent book, The Technology Trap, was selected a Financial Times Best Books of the Year in 2019.

University of Warwick, UCLA

Roger E. A. Farmer

Roger Farmer is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Economics at UCLA. His primary interest is the connection between market psychology and macroeconomics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, Research Associate of the NBER, Research Fellow of the CEPR, and Fellow Commoner of Cambridge University. His articles appear in leading academic journals and his books have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and Hungarian.

University College London

Daisy Fancourt

Dr Daisy Fancourt is Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and a Wellcome Research Fellow at University College London. Her work focuses on the effects of social, cultural and community engagement on health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daisy is leading a team running the UK’s largest study into the psychological and social impact of the virus and is leading the COVID-MINDS Network: an international network of over 140 longitudinal studies exploring the global mental health impact of the pandemic.


Christine Farquharson

Christine joined the IFS in 2015 in the Education and Skills sector. Her work focuses on early intervention, child development, and programme evaluation. Current projects include assessing the impact Sure Start has on children’s health outcomes, piloting an early intervention programme in Peterborough, and modelling the relationship between parental labour supply, childcare choices, and child development.

Queen’s University Belfast

Mark Farrell

Dr Mark Farrell is a UK qualified Actuary (FIA) and Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Science at The Management School, Queen’s University Belfast. Mark’s research interests include Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Insurance Technology (Insurtech). Mark is also a Fulbright Scholar and blogs on technologies affecting the actuarial profession at

Francisco Ferreira

Francisco H. G. Ferreira is the Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and Director of the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. He is also affiliated with the Department of Social Policy and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre at LSE. Francisco, who is also a Research Fellow at IZA (Bonn), is an economist working on the measurement, causes and consequences of inequality and poverty, with an emphasis on developing countries in general and Latin America in particular. He holds a PhD in Economics from the LSE.