I have been honoured by being asked to write a biographical chapter exploring the life and work of Professor Nicholas Barr – friend and mentor – and hugely eminent Professor of Public Economics at the London School of Economics.

The chapter details his academic life and his tussles in the world of public policy on pension reform and higher education funding. I explore his great work on ‘Economics of the Welfare State’ and his collaborations with the Nobel Prize winner, Peter Diamond, taking great steps forward in the economics of pension reform while anchoring the work in pragmatic applicability.

The work is contained in Bob Cord’s edited volume ‘The Palgrave Companion to LSE Economics’: details can be found here.

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