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More on Danny Blanchflower, Superstar

As always it is great fun to follow the exploits of Dartmouth’s most visible faculty member: Economics Professor Danny Blanchflower. A profile in the U.K.’s The First Post yesterday includes the following:

Having left the Bank [of England]’s monetary policy committee in June this year, Blanchflower has become left-leaning New Statesman’s economics columnist, encouraging more allegations of political bias from some on the right. But his views on the economy hold considerable sway in the City.

A banking executive told The First Post: “I don’t really know who disagrees with him. He went out on a limb by calling for a dramatic cut in interest rates when the other MPC members were putting them up. He saw the tsunami coming when they didn’t.”

Unlike the usual pointy-heads at the Bank of England, Blanchflower is a well-rounded individual whose previous works have concerned such topics as the economics of happiness and the value of a good sex life.

In the last week, Blanchflower had columns in The Daily Express, The Guardian, The Mirror and The New Statesman, and he was quoted in The Times today.

Note: A few years back, Blanchflower had a one-year run as Associate Dean of the Social Sciences. Word is that he stayed for such a brief period because he did not meet Jim Wright’s standards for that position. Say no more.


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