Andy Haldane: the funnyman central banker who’s not great at maths

Bank chief economist attracted attention with a quirky speech this week, but not for the first time

“I’m Andy, and I’m a central banker,” said Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, to a ripple of laughter as he began a TEDx talk in Glasgow. “It wasn’t actually a joke, but thank you,” he added.

Central bankers and economists are not known for their humour, but Haldane’s speech would have fitted in as easily at a standup club as among the neoclassical columns of the 324-year-old Bank of England.

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