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Professor of Finance & Director of Pensions Institute, City, University of London

Dr David Blake is Professor of Pension Economics at Cass Business School, City University, Director of the Pensions Institute and Chairman of Square Mile Consultants, a training and research consultancy. He is also: Co-Founder with JPMorgan and Towers Watson of the LifeMetrics Indices; Senior Research Associate, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics; Senior Consultant, UBS Pensions Research Centre, London School of Economics; and Research Associate, Centre for Risk & Insurance Studies, University of Nottingham Business School. Formerly Director of the Securities Industry Programme at City University Business School; Research Fellow at both the London Business School and the London School of Economics; and Professor of Financial Economics at Birkbeck College, University of London. David Blake was a student at the London School of Economics in the 1970s and early 1980s, gaining his PhD on UK pension fund investment behaviour in 1986. In 1996, he established the Pensions Institute (

David chaired the Independent Review of Retirement Income which published its Report (We Need a National Narrative: Building a Consensus around Retirement Income, and response to the consultation ( in March 2016.

Professor David Blake's independent review of the Treasury's two EU referendum models was published on 9 June 2016

The report entitled "Measurement without theory: on the extraordinary abuse of economic models in the EU referendum debate" can be found at


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    Professor of Finance & Director of Pensions Institute, City, University of London