Roger Bootle

One of the City of London’s best-known economists, Roger Bootle runs the consultancy, Capital Economics, which specialises in macroeconomics and the economics of the property market. He is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called “Wise Men”.

Roger Bootle studied at Oxford University and then became a Lecturer in Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Most of his subsequent career has been spent in the City of London.

He has written many articles and several books on monetary economics. Roger’s latest book, The Trouble with Markets, analyses the deep causes of the recent financial crisis and discusses the threats to capitalism arising from it. His previous book, Money for Nothing, correctly anticipated the financial crisis and has been widely acclaimed. This followed the success of The Death of Inflation, published in 1996, which became a best-seller and was subsequently translated into nine languages. Initially dismissed as extreme, The Death of Inflation is now widely recognised as prophetic. Roger is also joint author of the book Theory of Money, and author of Index-Linked Gilts.

Roger is a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph and appears frequently on television and radio.

Deflation Research & Commentary by Roger Bootle

  • Wolfson Economics Prize 2012

    This article was originally published in Capital Economics July 5, 2012 Special Report. Summary of the winning entry A team from Capital Economics, led by Roger Bootle, has won the Wolfson Economics Prize 2012. The Prize, which is the second-biggest award to an economist after the Nobel Prize, sought to find the best answer to […]

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  • Outright Deflation

    Outright Deflation Definition

    This excerpt, which defines outright deflation, was originally published in Roger Bootle’s book, The Death of Inflation — Surviving & Thriving in the Zero Era, pages 15-16, London: Nicholas Brealy Publishing Ltd, 1996. I said above that one of the apparent advantages of a regime of steadily falling prices is that there could be greater […]

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  • The Zero Era

    This excerpt was originally published in Roger Bootle’s The Death of Inflation — Surviving & Thriving in the Zero Era, pages 2-5, London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd, 1996. Imagine a world without perpetual inflation: prices in the shops falling in some years, rising in others; pay rising by 2 or 3% in the good years, […]

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Books & Subscription Services by Roger Bootle

  • The Trouble with Markets — Saving Capitalism from Itself

    Roger Bootle challenges readers to look at the deep causes of the current financial crisis, what went wrong and how to fix it. Bootle blames the crisis not on bankers and regulators, but on the idea that financial markets can be left alone. The book examines a host of critical questions, including what investors should […]

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  • The Death of Inflation — Surviving and Thriving in the Zero Era

    Imagine a world without inflation: prices rising in some years but falling in others; pay rising by 2 or 3% inthe good years, but static or falling in the bad ones; house prices are likely to fall as to rise; interest rates in the range of 2-4%. A purely imaginary world? No.

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  • Money for Nothing: Real Wealth, Financial Fantasies and the Economy of the Future

    This title cuts through the hype of the internet revolution without denouncing its significance, it assesses the true nature of the intangible economy and shows that the changes in the world go right to the heart of economics – since what is changing is the very source of value and how it changes over time. […]

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