Andrew Lilico is an Economist, the Managing Director of Europe Economics, an economics consultancy. One of Europe’s top experts on financial regulation, he led the teams doing the European Parliament’s assessment of the impact of the Financial Services Action Plan, the European Commission’s assessment of the costs of complying with financial regulation, and the FSA’s assessment of the benefits of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. He also helped design the regulatory impact assessment processes used by the European Commission, Ofcom and Ofgem.
Projects he’s led that had a particularly high political profile have included the CPRE’s critique of the Treasury’s Barker Review of Housing Supply (about which Simon Jenkins, writing in the Evening Standard, commented “I have seldom read so devastating a demolition job”) and the UK government’s assessment of the impact on the housing market of introducing HIPs.
He is a member of the IEA/Sunday Times Shadow Monetary Policy Committee and a regular commentator on economic issues on BBC television and radio, and on Sky, Bloomberg and CNBC Europe.
He was a Conservative councillor in Welwyn Hatfield from 1999-2003, is the author of a large number of political pamphlets and articles, particularly for the Bow Group, the European Foundation and the IEA, and was the ConservativeHome Tuesday columnist from July to December 2007. Prior to working for Europe Economics he had a variety of previous careers, including being a mathematical chemist at ICI, an economist at the IFS, a business analyst at one plastics manufacturer in New Zealand and another in Florida, and as an opera singer. He has a doctorate in Game Theory, an MSc in Economics, an MA in Philosophy, and his first degree was in Philosophy and Economics. He lives in Hertfordshire, has five children, and is a committed Anglican Christian.