Welcome to my homepage

I am an economist and am currently a partner with Cobden Partners, London, and professor of finance and economics at Durham University.


I have had a lifelong interest in (and a classical liberal perspective on) monetary, financial and macroeconomics, and in economic policy issues generally. My main interest is in private money and free banking or laissez-faire financial and monetary systems, but I am also interested in financial regulation, central banking, financial risk management and, more recently, in risk disclosure, pensions and longevity risk.


My website is organised along the following topics. First, working papers, blog postings and online talks and presentations. Then some of my books: New Private Monies - a Bit-Part Player?Alchemists of Loss: How Modern Finance and Government Intervention Crashed the Financial System, co-authored with Martin Hutchinson, Abolire le Banche Centrali, Competition and Finance, Private Money and Measuring Market Risk. Then by subject  the current financial crisisprivate money, free banking, central banking and financial regulation; monetary economics and macroeconomics; political economy and policy analysis; financial risk management; risk disclosure; pensions, mortality and longevity risk; and various miscellaneous topics. 


Any feedback welcome!




Current affiliations:

  Cobden Partners, 23 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BL.

  Durham University Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB, United Kingdom.

  Fellow, Pensions Institute, Cass Business School, City University London.

  Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham.


I am also affiliated with the following policy institutes: Cato Institute (Washington), the Cobden Centre (London), the Institute of Economic Affairs (London), the Istituto Bruno Leoni (Turin), and the Taxpayers’ Alliance (London).


I am an associate editor or member of the editorial board of the following journals: Cato Journal; International Journal of Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance, and Management; Journal of Accounting and Finance; Journal of International and Global Economic Studies; Journal of Risk; Journal of Risk Model Validation; and Qualitative Research in Financial Markets.


About me


Education: BA (First Class Honours), University of Sheffield (1980); MA (Economics), University of Western Ontario (1981); PhD (Economics), University of Sheffield (1988).


I live in Sheffield, England, with my family.



Contact details


Durham University Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB, United Kingdom.

Phone: +44 (0)114 258 9451


Email: kevin.dowd@hotmail.co.uk; kdowd@cobdenpartners.co.uk; kevin.dowd@durham.ac.uk. 



Date: August 3 2014


Kevin's CV

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