Andrew Scott was educated at Firs Farm Primary School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Elstree. He attended Trinity College, Oxford where he graduated with a First with Prizes in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1987. He received a M.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1990 and was elected to a Prize Fellowship to All Souls College, Oxford in 1990. He was elected in the same year as philosopher Robert Rowland Smith and historian Scott Mandelbrote. He received his D.Phil (Essays in Aggregate Consumption) from Oxford in 1994. He worked briefly as an economist for Credit Suisse First Boston before holding research positions at London Business School and the London School of Economics. He then took up a lectureship at Oxford University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard before joining London Business School where he is currently Professor of Economics having previously served as Deputy Dean. Alongside his academic career Scott has been a Non-Executive Director for the UK’s Financial Services Authority and an advisor to the House of Commons, the Bank of England, and H.M.Treasury. He is currently on the advisory board of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility and a member of the Cabinet Office Honours Committee (Science and Technology). Most of Scott’s published academic work has focused on macroeconomic fluctuations – originally on business cycles (with a number of joint papers with Daron Acemoglu) then on monetary policy and most recently on fiscal policy and government debt management (with a number of joint papers with Albert Marcet). More recently his work has been on longevity and focusing on the positive economic, social and personal effects that arise from the fact that on average we are living longer and healthier for longer. This focus on the positive aspects of longevity is an offset to the focus on the negative aspects of an ageing society.