Michael McMahon

  • Studentship: London School of Economics, 2001-02

Marjorie Deane’s influence on my career began much before the studentship; her book with Robert Pringle, “The Central Banks”, remains one of my most-read books and really inspired my interest in central banking and macroeconomic analysis. Fresh from undergraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin, the studentship helped me to complete an MSc in Economics at the LSE. With this training, I took a position as a monetary economist at the Bank of England, working there from 2001 to 2004. In 2004, I left my position at the Bank to return to the LSE for PhD studies which, along with the title “Dr”, enabled me to get my current position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick.

Although I never went into financial journalism, I find that as an academic there is scope for me to contribute to this field; I regularly speak to journalists and offer my opinion on economic developments. I also enjoy the continued links with other recipients of the award and the foundation trustees. Perhaps most importantly, I continue to read the book which remains surprisingly relevant despite 16 years of great change in financial markets and central banks since it was first published.

[February 2010]