Alan Shipman is a lecturer in economics at the Open University. He returned to research and teaching on the economy after it crashed in 2008, having (mis)spent years as an emerging-markets analyst, consultant and business journalist. He was lucky enough to have been taught economics when capital controversies were still on the curriculum and rationality of expectations was open to debate.
His research is on personal finance, currently focusing on the disintegration of insurance pools and the disincentives to household saving. He has other active interests in Chinese multinational business, the impact of ‘academisation’ on knowledge, social economics, and the foundations of the market economy.