Gregory Thwaites

I am an economist at the Bank of England and a visiting fellow in the LSE Department of Economics. I spent the first 10 years of my career doing policy work at the Bank of England, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the Independent Commission on Banking (the ‘Vickers Commission’). In 2011 I began a PhD at LSE under the supervision of Silvana Tenreyro, which I finished in 2015. I have broad theoretical and empirical research interests in the macroeconomics of demographic and structural change, macroeconomic policy, financial stability, and inequality and distribution.

My email address is g.d.thwaites "at"

Bank of England website

Repec site

Published research

Pushing on a String: US Monetary Policy is Less Powerful in Recessions, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics Vol. 8 No. 4, October 2016 (with Silvana Tenreyro)
Abstract: We investigate how the response of the US economy to monetary policy shocks depends on the state of the business cycle. The effects of monetary policy are less powerful in recessions, especially for durables expenditure and business investment. The asymmetry relates to how fast the economy is growing, rather than to the level of resource utilization. There is some evidence that fiscal policy has counteracted monetary policy in recessions but reinforced it in booms. We also find evidence that contractionary policy shocks are more powerful than expansionary shocks, but contractionary shocks have not been more common in booms. So this asymmetry cannot explain our main finding. Vox EU post Data Set

Why Are Real Interest Rates So Low? The Role of the Relative Price of Investment Goods, IMF Economic Review October 2016 (with Rana Sajedi)
Abstract: Across the industrialised world, real interest rates and nominal investment rates have fallen, while house prices and household debt ratios have risen. We present a calibrated OLG model which quantifies how much of these four trends can be explained with a fifth—the widespread fall in the relative price of investment goods. Relative to other explanations for low real interest rates, this trend is important because it can also account for the fall in nominal investment rates. The model can reproduce a small but economically significant part of the observed fall in interest rates and rises in house prices and household debt, and a larger part of the fall in the investment rate. Working paper version


Recent working papers

The banks that said no: banking relationships, credit supply and productivity in the United Kingdom’ (with Jeremy Franklin and May Rostom), Bank of England staff paper no. 557, October 2015. BU post (Submitted)

 Monetary Policy Transmission in an Open Economy: New Data and Evidence from the United Kingdom’ (with Ambrogio Cesa-Bianchi and Alejandro Vicondoa) CfM discussion paper 2016-12 (Submitted)

Foreign booms, domestic busts: the global dimension of banking crises’ (with Ambrogio Cesa-Bianchi and Fernando Eguren Martin) Bank of England staff paper no. 644, January 2017 (Submitted)


Work in Progress

BoE-Nottingham-Stanford Decision Maker Panel with Nicholas Bloom, Phil Bunn, Paul Mizen and Garry Young

‘Credit policy and wealth distribution’ with Tobias Broer and Arthur Turrell

‘Policy options for small open economies in a world of secular stagnation’ with Giancarlo Corsetti, Eleonora Mavroeidi and Martin Wolf

‘The public channel of monetary policy’ with Andrea Alati and Silvana Tenreyro

‘Old dogs and new tricks: workforce aging and the global slowdown in TFP’ with Gee Hee Hong

‘Banks and exchange-rate determination’ with Ambrogio Cesa-Bianchi, Michael Kumhof and Andrej Sokol

‘Global cycles in inflation and interest rates’ with Ambrogio Cesa-Bianchi, Gene Kindberg-Hanlon and Benjamin Nelson

‘Demographic trends and the real interest rate’ with Noemie Lisack and Rana Sajedi

‘Monopoly power and global macro trends’ with Rana Sajedi



LSE EC532 (materials to follow)


Older working papers and published policy work

Independent Commission on Banking: Final Report

Independent Commission on Banking: Interim Report

‘The future of international capital flows’ (2011), (with Will Speller and Michelle Wright), Bank of England FS paper no. 12, featured in VoxEU and Gillian Tett’s FT column

‘Efficient frameworks for sovereign borrowing’ (2008), (with Gregor Irwin), Bank of England working paper no. 343

‘Optimal emerging-market fiscal policy when trend output growth is unobserved’ (2006), Bank of England working paper no. 308

‘Fiscal rules for debt sustainability in emerging markets – the impact of volatility and default risk’ (2006), (with Adrian Penalver), Bank of England working paper no. 307

‘Real world mortgages, consumption volatility and the low inflation environment’ (2005), (with Sebastian Barnes), Bank of England working paper no. 273

‘The Measurement of House Prices’ (2003) (with Rob Wood) Bank of England QB, Spring 2003



M.A. Economics, 2000, King’s College, Cambridge

M.Sc Economics, 2001, University College London

PhD Economics, 2015, London School of Economics