Vicky Pryce

Economist & Business Consultant

Vicky Pryce's recent posts have included: Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting; Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and Joint Head of the UK Government Economics Service where she was responsible for evidence based policy and for encouraging measures that promoted greater productivity in the UK economy. She had previously been Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG and earlier held chief economist positions in banking and the oil sector. Vicky co-founded GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility.

At various stages in her career she has been on the Council of the Royal Economic Society, on the Council of the University of Kent, on the board of trustees at the RSA, on the Court of the London School of Economics, a fellow of the Society of Business Economists, on the Executive Committee and the Council of the IFS, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Visiting Professor at the Cass Business School, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Adjunct Professor at Imperial College and Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London.

She is patron of ‘Pro-bono Economics’ and has served as Master of one of the City of London’s Livery Companies. She sits on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills' panel monitoring the economy and is on City AM's Shadow Monetary Policy Committee.

Books

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Women Vs Capitalism

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Hurst Publishers, 2019

Subtitled “why we can’t have it all in a free market economy”, Women Vs Capitalism is an urgent call to reform capitalism so that it “stops failing women”.

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Rachel Reeves wrote in The Observer that the 2019 book was “fantastic” and “shines a much-needed light on discrimination”. In the Guardian, Polly Toynbee said it was a “long overdue dissection of the vital subject of gender equality through Vicky Pryce’s forensic economic lens”.

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It's the economy, Stupid

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Biteback Publishing, 2015

This 2015 title sets out to be an incisive and accessible voter’s guide to the economy. It answers questions such as “does immigration help or harm the UK economy?” and “are austerity measures the best way to tackle a financial meltdown?”.

It was published by Biteback Publishing and was written with Andy Ross and Peter Urwin.

Why Women Need Quotas

Why Women Need Quotas

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Published in 2015 as part of Biteback Publishing’s Provocations series, edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Why Women Need Quotas was written with former Management Editor of the FT, Stefan Stern.

The book argues that by failing to remove the barriers to female progression, the UK is being “starved” of the talent it needs to grow and prosper to its full potential.

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Redesigning Manufacturing: Reimagining the Business of Making in the UK

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Co-authored with Michael Beverland and Beverley Nielsen, this 2015 book suggests that UK manufacturing has an “image problem”. It redresses the situation, which it suggests is more fiction than fact, by focusing on the real successes of the sector and the strategies used by makers to achieve sustainable results.

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Prisonomics

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Biteback Publishing, 2013

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Greekonomics: The Euro Crisis and Why Politicians Don’t Get It

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In October 2012, Biteback Publishing brought out her book Greekonomics, a discussion of the crises in the eurozone, with the focus on the country of her birth. Intended for a broad, not merely an academic, readership, the book discusses what Greek exit from the eurozone might mean. It was shortlisted for Spear’s best business book of the year award in 2013.

In early July 2013 Vicky Pryce appeared as an expert witness before the House of Lords cross-party subcommittee on economic and financial affairs, saying she saw no quick end to the eurozone crisis since structural reform would take a long time. Pryce favoured fiscal policy that included a stimulus package and wanted the European Central Bank to buy bonds.

© Vicky Pryce 2021

email: vickypryce [at] googlemail.com