Early life and background
Legrain was born on 29 October 1973. His father is French and his mother Estonian American. They met in New York and married in 1969. They moved to London where Phillippe was born and he considers himself British though cosmopolitan in outlook. He likes house and electro music and his favourite DJs are Mark Westhenry and Sander Kleinenberg.
Philippe is the author of three books: Open World: The Truth about Globalisation, which is a counter-argument to Naomi Klein's No Logo; Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them was shortlisted for the 2007 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and Aftershock: Reshaping the World Economy After the Crisis.
In February 2011, the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, appointed him as a principal adviser and head of the analysis team at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers, the president's personal think-tank.
Before that, Philippe was a visiting fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics, a senior fellow at the Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal and a contributing editor to Prospect magazine. A commentator for BBC TV and radio, he has written for various newspapers and magazines, including the FT, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, the Wall Street Journal Europe and the New Statesman. He is a major advocate of freer international migration, globalisation, the euro and a land value tax.
Philippe has also been trade and economics correspondent for The Economist, special adviser to WTO director-general Mike Moore, and chief economist and director of policy for the pro-European pressure group, Britain in Europe.
He holds a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Politics of the World Economy, both from the London School of Economics.
- Open World: The Truth about Globalisation (2002) Philippe Legrain ISBN 0-349-11529-X ISBN 978-0349115290
- Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them (2007) Philippe Legrain ISBN 0-316-73248-6 ISBN 978-0316732482
- Aftershock: Reshaping the World Economy After the Crisis (2010) Philippe Legrain ISBN 1-4087-0223-1 ISBN 978-1408702239
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