Professor Stuart Sayer

Professor Sayer is Executive Director of the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

Prof Stuart Sayer

Professor of Economics Education

  • School of Economics

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Room 1.05, 31 Buccleuch Place

Areas of interest
Macroeconomic and monetary theory and policy
Economic policy making
Economics of Keynes


Stuart Sayer was an undergraduate and graduate scholar at the University of Oxford, and Lecturer at Mansfield College, Oxford, before moving to the University of Edinburgh in 1977.

He was the Head of Economics at Edinburgh from 2000 to 2008, and has been Executive Director of the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) since its creation in 2006.

He has held Visiting Professorships at Villanova University, PA, and Union College, NY. In 2005 he won the Outstanding Teaching Award of the Economics Network of the UK-wide Higher Education Academy.

He has been Editor of the Journal of Economic Surveys since 1987 and Managing Editor since 2003. His research is in macroeconomic and monetary theory and policy, political economy and economic policy-making.

His work spans a broad range from the economic analysis of frontier regions, through more abstract analyses of the economics of Keynes, macro-policy modelling, and central bank independence, to more applied work on UK fiscal and monetary policy and the market for economic advisors.

Selected publications

  • "Monetary, Financial and Macroeconomic Adjustment Policies: An Overview" (Journal of Economic Surveys 2004).
  • "Issues in New Political Economy: An Overview" (Journal of Economic Surveys 2000).

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