Ed Balls

Ed Balls is the Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury in the UK. He is Chairman of the IMF Committee Deputies’ Committee and represents the UK as the Chancellor’s Deputy at the G20. A student at Keble College, Oxford and Harvard University, he joined the staff of the Financial Times as an economics leader writer and columnist in 1990. In 1994, he left the Financial Times to become Economic Adviser to the Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown MP, and from May 1997 he was the Chancellor’s Economic Adviser.

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Why The Five Economic Tests?
Author: Ed Balls

Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, Ed Balls, sets out the government’s approach to making the decision about British membership of a single European currency in an historical context. The basis for deciding whether there is a clear and unambiguous economic case to join the single currency is the Treasury’s detailed assessment of the ‘five economic tests’. The tests are designed to avoid past failures of politicians and policymakers who paid insufficient attention to the economics in making key decisions affecting the national interest. Balls reflects upon historical examples of such failures and lessons to be learned, with a particular historical focus on 1925 and the decision to re-enter the Gold Standard.

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