Paul  Donovan Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Paul Donovan

Chief Economist
UBS Global Wealth Management

I am an economist working in the financial markets, with a broad range of interests. I believe passionately that economics is something everyone can and should understand. We all make economic decisions all of the time.. I see my job as helping eople realise what they probably already know. I have written on environmental economics, inflation, and the dangers of prejudice in labour markets. I am also an amateur heavyweight boxer, a keen skier, and a part-time farmer.


I am the Chief Economist of UBS Global Wealth Management. I believe passionately that economics is something everyone can and should understand. We all make economic decisions all of the time. The problem is that economists tend to wrap economics in jargon and equations. We do not need to do that. It is my job to help people realise what they probably already know – by developing and explaining the UBS economic view in a clear way. To do this, I publish research and appear in various print and broadcast media.

I tend to think of myself as a political economist, not a mathematical economist. I get very excited about lots of things in economics. Diversity, inflation, education, trade, inequality, and social change are some of the topics I am very enthusiastic about.

I joined UBS back in 1992 as an intern economist working in our investment bank. Decades later, I am still working as an economist at UBS. That probably says something about me, being an economist, working for UBS, or all three. As Chief Economist I sit on the Global Investment Committee. I am a UBS Opinion Leader and a UBS Pride Ally. I am also part of the UBS Nobel Perspectives program, and a supporter of the UBS Women in Economics program.

I have an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. I am also an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford and sit on their investment committee and development board.

I publish books in a personal capacity, with the support of UBS.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    The economics and investment implications of prejudice.
    Inflation and inflation inequality.
    Global trade, globalisation and localisation.
    Environmental economics and the challenges of the environmental credit crunch.

Personal Interests

    Skier, amateur boxer, part-time farmer (on a very small scale).



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Profit and prejudice

Published: Oct 12, 2020

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