David Henderson 1927-2018 – OECD


04/10/2018 – David Henderson, Chief Economist of the OECD from 1983 until his retirement in 1992, died on 30 September 2018, aged 91.

A graduate, Fellow and later a Proctor of Oxford University, David Henderson went on to become economic advisor at the UK Treasury in the 1950s, Chief Economist at the Ministry of Aviation in the 1960s and  Director of the Economics Department at the World Bank between 1969-75. He took up the Chair of Political Economy at University College London in 1975 before becoming Head of what was then OECD’s Economics and Statistics Department.

In 1985 he gave the BBC Reith Lectures, which were published in the book Innocence and Design: The Influence of Economic Ideas on Policy (Blackwell, 1986).

After leaving the OECD, David Henderson continued to work as an author and consultant, including for the OECD Development Centre. He was engaged as a visiting fellow or professor at a number of universities and institutions in Belgium, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Most recently he was a member of the academic advisory council of the UK-based Global Warming Policy Foundation. 

He became Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford and in 1992 he was made Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).

David Henderson will be much missed by his family and also by those who remember working with him and for his leading contribution to economic analysis and policy advice at the OECD.



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