Soumaya Keynes

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Soumaya is economics columnist at the FT, and analyses monetary and fiscal policy. She was previously Britain economics editor and co-host of the Money Talks podcast at The Economic, and a Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal studies.


Soumaya Keynes is the economist columnist at the Financial Times. Previously she was the Britain economics editor for The Economist. Her writing about the British economy has covered Britain's struggle to get growth, the cost-of-living crisis, and the economics of Freeports. Soumaya analyses monetary and fiscal policy with analytical rigour and detail, whilst still being accessible. She was nominated for a Press Gazette award for her writing about Britain's productivity problem.

Soumaya also co-hosted The Economist's Money Talks podcast, which twice won Best Business Podcast at the British Podcast Awards. It covered in-depth reporting the benefits of pay transparency, Europe’s energy crisis, and snarled supply chains. With Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, she co-hosted the podcast Trade Talks. Tim Harford named it as one of the best economics podcasts, calling it a “nerdy (but witty) dive into the details of how trade negotiations and agreements work.”

In her work Soumaya has covered trade and globalisation. She wrote a special report exploring how trade policy is being used to achieve other objectives, including protecting the environment, promoting workers’ rights and national security. She won an Association of Business Journalists' award for comment for her writing on the costs of managed trade.

Previously, Soumaya was a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal studies, where she undertook academic research on the relationship between health and socioeconomic status, public finances and state pension reform. She was also a policy advisor at the Treasury.



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