David Smith

David Smith

Economics Editor, The Sunday Times


Alongside Sunday Times responsibilities and columns in Professional Investor and Industrial Review, David has updated Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics. He expects UK growth to persist in 2014, with some recovery in real incomes and a long-awaited upturn in business investment; but with ground to make up, he sees no rate rise until 2016. In the long run-up to the General Election, David expects a Miliband pledge to return to a 50% top tax rate.


David Smith is Economics Editor of The Sunday Times, as well as the paper’s Assistant Editor and Policy Advisor, and a regular contributor to CBI’s Business Voice. Amongst the first to predict a V-shaped recovery, he was careful to say that it would take time to become discernible.

A widely respected economics commentator, David is the author of several books, including From Boom to Bust, Will Europe Work?, The Age of Instability, and The Dragon and the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order. His most recent work, Free Lunch, is a guide to economics for the lay-person now that it seems essential we all understand the subject.

Before moving to the nation’s most widely read Sunday broadsheet, David worked for The Times and Financial Weekly - as well as the Henley Centre for Forecasting and Lloyds Bank. He has won a number of prizes, including the Harold Wincott Award for Financial Journalist of the Year.

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