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The Papers of Sir Alan Walters

Reference Code: GBR/0014/WTRS

Scope and Contents

Collected economic papers relating to his role working for the Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher MP), with later economic briefing and forecasting papers, academic papers, articles and press cuttings


  • Creation: 1953 - 2003

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is mostly open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Biographical / Historical

Alan Walters was born in Leicester in 1926. He studied statistics at University College, Leicester, and then took an MA in economics at Nuffield College, Oxford. On leaving Nuffield in 1951, Walters became a Lecturer in Econometrics at the University of Birmingham, and was later appointed Professor of Econometrics and Social Statistics. He remained at the University until 1968, before becoming the Sir Ernest Cassel Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, 1968-76. From 1968–70, Walters was also a member of the Roskill Commission on the Third London Airport. Later, he became an economic adviser to the World Bank, 1976-80 & 1984-88 and a Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, 1976-91. He was appointed as Chief Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher) from 1981-84 and, following his return from the United States, for a further period in 1989. He was knighted in 1983 and died in 2009.


35 archive box(es)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited by Lady Walters between November 2008 and April 2016


This collection level description and catalogue was prepared by Andrew Riley, between 2017 and 2023. Biographical information was obtained from the website of "Who's Who".


Walters, Professor Sir Alan Arthur, 1926-2009, Knight, economist

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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