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Martin Wolf

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator (The Financial Times), Honorary Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 "for services to financial journalism". He was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011.

Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King's College, London. He is an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, New York, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr Wolf was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006, a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics, in December 2006, a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by Warwick University, in July 2009, a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Kingston University, in January 2010 and a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Macquarie University, in Australia, in 2012.

Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994. In 2006, he became the sixth winner of the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation). He won the "Commentator of the Year" award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy's list of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" in December 2009, 37th in the same list for 2010 and 55th for 2011. Mr Wolf won the "Ludwig-Erhard-Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik" ("Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary") for 2009. He won "Commentariat of the Year 2009" at the Comment Awards, sponsored by Editorial Intelligence. He was joint winner of the 2009 award for columns in "giant newspapers" at the 15th annual Best in Business Journalism competition of The Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He won the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012. He won the Overseas Press Club of America's prize for "best commentary on international news in any medium" for 2013.

His most recent publications are Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004), Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we've learned - and have still to learn - from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its "Financial Book of the Year" for 2009.

Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.

Research Summary

Selected Journal Publications

  1. "The Morality of Protection: the Case of Imports from Developing Countries" New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, (1993).
  2. "Co-operation or Conflict: The European Union in a Liberal Global Economy" International Affairs, Vol. 71, No. 2 (1995).
  3. "After the Crash" Foreign Policy, (2000).
  4. "Will the Nation-State Survive Globalization?", Foreign Affairs (2001).
  5. "Will technology and Global Capital Markets Change the Scope of Government?", CATO Journal (2001).
  6. "What the World Needs from the Multilateral Trading System" , in Gary Sampson (ed.), The Role of the World Trade Organization in Global Governance (New York, United Nations, 2001).

Selected Books:

  1. Textile Quotas Against Developing Countries (co-author Donald B. Keesing) (London: Trade Policy Research Centre, 1980).
  2. India's Exports (New York: Oxford University Press, for the World Bank, 1982).
  3. Costs of Protecting Jobs in Textiles and Clothing (London: Trade Policy Research Centre, 1984).
  4. Global Implications of the European Community's Programme for Completing the Internal Market (New York, Lehrman Institute, 1989).

Other Selected Publications:

  1. "The Political Economy of Emu" in Wolf, Hans-Eckert Scharrer and Christopher Johnson, The Politics and Economics of a Single Currency: Three Views, Discussion Paper 69, The Royal Institute of International Affairs (1997).
  2. "The Resistible Appeal of Fortress Europe", Rochester Paper 1 (London and Washington DC, Centre for Policy Studies and the American Enterprise Institute, 1994).

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