Ian Harwood is a practising macro-economist who has worked in the City for the past forty years including as Chief Economist of major banks and is a Trustee of PEP. He is also one of the volunteers who run the Society of Business Economists, an organisation of professional economists whose membership encompasses both the public and private sectors. In this capacity, Ian has ensured that the employers of Economics graduates represented by the Society of Business Economists have played a leading role in the debate about Economics curriculum reform which has been underway since the financial crisis exposed the inadequacies of the way in which Economics is taught in British universities.
Two distinct ideas are being promoted to help fix Britain’s broken social security system and badly depleted public services. The first idea – of basic income (BI) – seeks a