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Professor David Bailey (born September 1966 in West Bromwich, England) is a British academic economist at Coventry University and Chair of the Regional Studies Association.

Bailey studied at Alsager School before studying Economics at the University of Birmingham, winning the Hargreaves-Beare Prize for best graduating student and graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 1988. This was followed by a Masters degree at Birmingham in Russian and East European Studies with Economics, and later a PhD at the Birmingham Business School. He has written extensively on industrial and regional policy and globalisation, especially in relation to the auto industry, and appears frequently in the local, national and international media. Bailey was recently principal investigator on an ESRC funded project with Alex de Ruyter, Caroline Chapain, Gill Bentley and Stephen Hall looking at the impact of the MG Rover closure on workers, families and communities, and the policy response to this. Bailey has held visiting posts at the University of Bologna, and in the US, Japan, France and Czech Republic.

Bailey took up his first post at the Birmingham Business School as a Research Associate working with George Harte and Roger Sugden, and was appointed a Professor in 2006 and Director of The Birmingham Business School in 2008. He moved to Coventry University Business School in 2009.

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