Professor Diane Coyle

Bennett Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy

Professor Coyle co-directs the Institute with Professor Kenny. She is heading research under the progress and productivity themes.


Professor Dame Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity. Her latest book is ‘Cogs and Monsters: What Economics Is, and What It Should Be‘ on how economics needs to change to keep pace with the twenty-first century and the digital economy.

Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. She has served in public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester until March 2018 and was awarded a DBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2023 for her invaluable contributions to economic policy and practice, as well as her unwavering commitment to public service.

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Research Interests

Economic statistics and the digital economy: lead researcher on the Measuring the Modern Economy programme at the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence.

Competition policy and digital markets. Economics of new technologies.

Natural capital; infrastructure.

Key Publications

Key Books

Cogs and Monsters: What Economics Is, and What It Should Be, Princeton University Press, October 2021

Markets, State, and People: Economics for Public Policy, Princeton University Press, January 2020.

GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, March 2014, Princeton University Press, revised edition 2015.

The Economics of Enough, Princeton University Press, March 2011.

The Soulful Science, Princeton University Press, March 2007, revised edition 2010.

The Weightless World, Capstone, November 1997 (MIT Press, Fall 1998).

 Recent Papers

‘Explaining’ machine learning reveals policy challenges (with Adrian Weller), Science, 26 June 2020, Vol. 368, Issue 6498, pp. 1433-1434  (Summary / Reprint  / Full text)

No plant, no problem? Factoryless manufacturing, economic measurement and national manufacturing policies (with David Nguyen), Review of International Political Economy, online June 2020 DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2020.1778502

Economists, Collaborate, Nature 582, 9 (2020); doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-01505-3

Practical Competition Policy Tools for Digital Platforms, Antitrust Law Journal, 82-3, pp835-860, 2019

The Imperial Treasury: appraisal methodology and regional economic performance in the UK (with Marianne Sensier), Regional Studies, May 2019. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1606419

Homo Economicus, AIs, humans and rats: decision-making and economic welfare, Journal of Economic Methodology, 2019, 26:1, 2-12. doi: 10.1080/1350178X.2018.1527135

Do‐it‐yourself Digital: the Production Boundary, the Productivity Puzzle and Economic Welfare. Economica 2019, vol. 86(344), pages 750-774..doi 10.1111/ecca.12289

The Future of the National Accounts: Statistics and the Democratic Conversation, Review of Income and Wealth, 63: S223-S237, December 2017

Precarious and Productive Work in the Digital Economy, National Institute Economic Review, 240(1), R5–R14, May 2017.

Modernising Economic Statistics: why it matters, National Institute Economic Review, 234(1), F4–F7, November 2015

Related projects

The Value of Data – policy implications. Main report. February 2020. (In partnership with the ODI and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.)

The Value of Data. How is the value of data created, captired and distributed? Summary report. February 2020. (In partnership with the ODI and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.)

Valuing Wealth, Building Prosperity. The Wealth Economy Project on Natural and Social Capital, One Year Report, 2020. Funded by LetterOne

Measuring wealth,delivering prosperity The Wealth Economy Project on Natural and Social Capital, Interim Report for LetterOne, 2019

Heads up Measuring Wellbeing, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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