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I am professor of finance and economics at Durham University Business School.


I am interested in 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, risk disclosure, pensions and longevity risk.


Recent projects include central bank stress tests, the War on Cash, digital currency, Napoleonic war finance, living with unreliable mortality data (a big problem in the life actuarial field), modelling socio-economic differences in Danish mortality and post-Brexit UK trade policy. 


My website is organised along the following topics. First, by subject: free banking, central banking and financial regulation; private money; monetary economics and macroeconomics; political economy and policy analysis; financial risk management; risk disclosure; pensions and PensionMetrics; mortality and longevity risk; cryptocurrenciescentral bank stress tests; the War on Cash; Brexit and various miscellaneous topics. 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 CentraliCompetition and Finance, Private Money and Measuring Market Risk. Finally, blog postings and newspaper lettersonline talks and presentations and TV appearances


Other affiliations  

I am also affiliated with the following policy institutes: I am a senior fellow of the Adam Smith Institute (London), an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute (Washington), a member of Economists for Free Trade (formerly Economists for Brexit), a research fellow of the Independent Institute (Oakland, CA), and a member of the academic advisory board of the Institute of Economic Affairs (London). I also work with Cobden Partners (London), the Istituto Bruno Leoni (Turin) and Sofia Business School (Sofia, Bulgaria).




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.


Contact details

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

Phone: +44 (0)114 258 9451


Email: kevin.dowd@outlook.com; kevin.dowd@durham.ac.uk. 


Date: 8 July 2017


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