Peter Warburton has worked as an applied economist in London since 1975, graduating from Warwick University with a Masters degree and gaining a doctorate from City University in 1988. He is the
director of Economic Perspectives Ltd, an international consultancy founded in 1996, and managing director of Halkin Services Ltd, an international risk analysis and asset allocation service, founded in 2002. He was economist to Ruffer LLP, an investment management company for 15 years and spent a similar length of time in the City as economic advisor and UK economist for the investment bank Robert Fleming and at Lehman Brothers. Previously, he was an economic researcher, forecaster and lecturer at the London Business School and what is now the Cass Business School. He is the author of Debt and Delusion, subtitled ‘central Bank follies that threaten economic disaster’, a critical analysis of the uses and abuses of debt in the global financial system, first published in 1999. He has been a member of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow Monetary Policy Committee since its inception in 1997. He is a contributor to the Practical History of Financial Markets course run by Didasko, an education company at Edinburgh University, and teaches occasionally at Cardiff Business School.