Thomas Smith

International Economic Advisor - International Directorate


Tom joined the Bank in 2006 with a BSc in Economics from Warwick and MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia.  He has spent the bulk of his career working on global economic issues, most recently co-authoring papers on the impact of EU withdrawal and the long-term drivers of global interest rates.  The latter paper has been reported widely in the press, blogosphere and among the central bank community.
Tom’s career at the Bank has also been interspersed with secondments at other institutions.  He spent two and a half years as the Deputy Chief Economist of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, one year as BP’s Global Oil Market Economist, and is currently on loan to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand where he works as a senior economic advisor.  

Thomas' selected academic publications

Towards a global narrative on long-term real interest rates, with L Rachel, VoxEU (2016)

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