About the Progressive Economy Forum (PEF)

About us

The Progressive Economy Forum (PEF) brings together a Council of eminent economists and academics to launch a new macroeconomic programme. It seeks to develop and advocate progressive economic policy ideas, and to improve public understanding of key economic issues.

Patrick Allen is the founder and Chair of PEF. It was originally initiated in partnership with CLASS (the Centre for Labour and Social Studies). Prof John Weeks manages and coordinates the Council.

PEF is guided by the following principles:

  • Economically informed citizens are essential to effective policy-making in a democratic society.
  • A strong public sector that provides essential social services, such as health, education, transport and housing, is the foundation of a fair society.
  • Active macroeconomic management, fully accountable to citizens, is key to achieving an equitable, dynamic and sustainable economy.