Alec Chrystal joined City University in 1988 after being Professor of Economics at Sheffield University. During 1997-2001 he was working as a senior adviser in the monetary analysis wing of the Bank of England. Duties during this time included drafting the Bank's quarterly Inflation Report, editing the Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, editing the Bank's working paper series and writing briefing material for the Monetary Policy Committee. Alec returned to Cass in September 2001 to become Head of a newly merged Finance Faculty. He has research interests in monetary economics, international finance, political economy and household debt. Several books have been authored or co-authored, including the last four editions of a famous economics textbook with Richard G. Lipsey, and Controversies in British Macroeconomics (with Simon Price). He is a committee member of the Money, Macro and Finance Study Group, and a Vice-President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Section F (Economics).
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