Robert Rowthorn

Professor of Economics

University of Cambridge, Faculty of Economics and Politics

Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DD
Phone: 44-(0) 1223-335230

Robert Rowthorn is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of King's College, and Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. He is the author of a number of books and academic articles on economic growth, structural change and employment and a frequent consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the UN Commission on Trade and Development and the International Labour organisation, as well as to British government departments and a variety of private sector firms and organisations. He is also a regular participant in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's seminar on macroeconomic issues.

Of particular interest to Professor Rowthorn is the relationship between manufacturing and services in advanced economies. This was the subject of his book "De-industrialisation and Foreign Trade" (CUP 1987), written jointly with the late John Wells and of a number of later articles. He was one of the first economists to argue that manufacturing employment in the UK was too large for its needs and that sustained economic growth would involve a transfer of people from manufacturing jobs into service employment. However, he now believes that the decline of manufacturing employment in the UK has been excessive, both in comparison with other country and in relation to our current needs.

Focus: Development, Jobs, Trade, United Kingdom, Europe

Related Resources:


Unemployment and inequality, Economic growth, Economics of the family

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006

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