ED BALLS is to head to the United States for a new role as an academic researching global financial stability, it has been confirmed.
The former Morley MP and shadow chancellor, who was the most high-profile Tory scalp at the general election, has been made senior fellow at the prestigious Harvard university.
Mr Balls will be expected to be on campus for at least three to four weeks each term over the course of his year-long unpaid appointment at the Kennedy School.
His brief covers European integration, international patterns of economic growth, investment, productivity, wages and employment.
John Haigh, co-director of the centre and executive dean of Harvard Kennedy School, praised the former MP, a Harvard graduate, for the “enormous depth and breadth” of his work.
He said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ed Balls to the Mossavar-Rahmani Business and Government centre.”