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Outstanding impact in public policy


NSE economist Dr John Gathergood has been shortlisted for the 2017 ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy. John’s nomination for the prize was supported by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), with which he has worked extensively on consumer financial protection. 

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John is an academic economist whose research specialises in consumer finance. In 2014 he worked with the FCA to design a price cap on payday lending in the UK. In 2016 he was commissioned by the FCA to produce the report ‘Can we predict which consumer credit users will suffer financial distress?’ which is contributing to the FCA’s policy development in the area of creditworthiness and financial distress. Additional research insights on consumer behaviour in the credit card market from an interdisciplinary research project with Neil Stewart (Psychology, University of Warwick) using 46 million credit card statements provided by five UK credit card issuers are also contributing to the FCA’s Credit Card Market study.

John is also a Co-Investigator of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science.


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Posted on Thursday 20th April 2017

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