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Lord Mervyn King

Lord Mervyn King

Joined Stern 2014

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012



Lord Mervyn King joined New York University Stern School of Business in September 2014 as a Professor of Economics and Law, a joint appointment with New York University School of Law. He was previously a distinguished visiting professor at both schools during the fall 2013 semester.

Lord King served as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013. He had been Deputy Governor from 1998 to 2003, Chief Economist and Executive Director from 1991, and a non-executive director of the Bank from 1990 to 1991.

Lord King was knighted (GBE) in 2011, made a life peer in 2013 and appointed by the Queen a Knight of the Garter in 2014. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of Kings and St. John's Colleges, Cambridge, and holds honorary degrees from Cambridge, Birmingham, City of London, Edinburgh, London Guildhall (now London Metropolitan University), London School of Economics, Wolverhampton, Worcester and Helsinki Universities. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A graduate of King's College, Cambridge with a first-class degree in economics, Lord King also studied at St. John's College, Cambridge. He was a Kennedy scholar at Harvard University.

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Lord Mervyn King cautions that it would be a mistake for UK Finance minister Rishi Sunak to reduce the contribution the British government pays towards furloughed staff’s wages to 60% from 80%

Lord Mervyn King explains how governments can end the coronavirus crisis lockdowns while noting that governments must suspend the process of businesses going under and whystate loans may have to be converted into grants for companies

The Perils of Bogus Quantification

Takeaways on the need for qualitative “narratives” from Lord Mervyn King's recent book, "Radical Uncertainty," are cited

Lord Mervyn King explains why the economic recovery following the peak in the coronavirus pandemic will depend critically on the policies governments put in place

Lord Mervyn King warns against viewing the coming economic downturn in the U.K. like a conventional recession or depression, noting that the government is deliberately pressing down on economic activity to deal with the coronavirus crisis

Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers

Lord Mervyn King discusses how the coronavirus outbreak impacts decisions made by Central Banks, noting that the situation is much more difficult than dealing with the financial crisis

Areas of Expertise


  • Economics of Institutions
  • Growth of the World Economy
  • Monetary Policy