Appointment of Robert Chote as Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility - Treasury Contents

Robert Chote CV

24 January 1968
Institute for Fiscal Studies, London (
Head of 50-person independent research institute, producing economic analysis of developments in public finances, tax, pensions, welfare state, income distribution, education, government expenditure, industrial and labour market policies in the UK, plus selected public policy issues in other industrial and developing economies. Responsible for overall strategy, management, quality control and communication of the institute's work.
During this period the IFS has twice been named "Think Tank of the Year" in the annual Prospect awards and was the most favourably regarded think-tank among MPs of all parties according to a 2004 survey by Communicate Research. A study of university and other economics institutions by the University of Connecticut in 2010 ranked the IFS in the top four in the UK and in the top 30 in the world, with those above it generally much larger institutions.
The Director's role includes extensive media appearances, written journalism and speaking engagements for a wide variety of audiences.
1999-2002:Adviser to the First Deputy Managing Director,
International Monetary Fund, Washington DC (
Writing and advising on issues including reform of the international financial system, globalization and national/regional/global economic developments for Stanley Fischer (1999-2001) and Anne Krueger (2001-02). Member of IMF taskforce on sovereign debt restructuring policy. Plus advising on the IMF's external relations strategy.
1995-1999:Economics Editor,
Financial Times, London (
Responsible for news and analytical coverage of the British and world economies, economic policy, financial markets and international economic institutions. Editor of the FT's annual World Economy publication. Occasional editorial writing. Leader of four person reporting team. Regular TV/radio contributions and other public speaking engagements.
1993-95:Economics Commentator and Correspondent,
The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, London
Weekly economics column for The Independent on Sunday. Plus responsibility for news and analytical coverage of the UK economy in the daily and Sunday titles. Editorial writing.
1990-93:City & Financial Reporter,
The Independent, London (
2009-presentUniversity of Cambridge
Member, Finance Committee
Member, Advisory Board
2007-09Options for Britain II, ESRC Research Project, Oxford University
Member, Advisory Group
2005-presentUK Centre for the Measurement of Government Activity, Office for National Statistics
Member, Advisory Board
2004-presentPublic Finance
Member, Editorial Board
2003-presentOxford Institute for Economic Policy (Oxonia)
Member, Academic and Policy Board
1997-presentNational Institute of Economic and Social Research
2004-07Chartered Institute of Taxation
Member, Tax Policy Sub-Committee
1998-99Office of National Statistics
Member, Statistics Advisory Committee
2001-02:Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, USA
Masters in International Public Policy (on leave of absence)
1989-90:City University, London, UK
Post-Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism

(joined The Independent before course completed)
1986-89:Queens' College, Cambridge University, UK
BA and MA, Economics.
1980-86:St Mary's College, Southampton, UK

AWARDSYoung Financial Journalist of the Year 1993 (Harold Wincott Foundation)

NON-IFS PUBLICATIONS ETC"Public Finances—the Constraints" in The Alternative Comprehensive Spending Review 2007

(Ed Colin Talbot and Matt Baker, Manchester University Press, 2007)

Performance Indicators for National Statistical Systems

(Report commissioned by United Nations Economic and Social Council 1999)

Debt Relief for Heavily-Indebted Poor Countries

(Report commissioned for Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting 1999)

An Expensive Lunch: The Political Economy of Britain's New Monetary Framework (Social Market Foundation 1997)

"Kairouan" and "Sousse" in Insight Guide to Tunisia

(ed Dorothy Stannard, APA 1990)

Exploring Nature in North Africa

(with Julian Cremona, Ashford Press 1989)

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