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Professor John Kay FBA

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About this Fellow

John Kay is an economist whose career has spanned the academic world, business and public affairs. Currently, he is a visiting Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a director of several public companies and contributes a weekly column to the Financial Times. He recently chaired the Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making which reported to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in July 2012.



Current post

  • Economist; Fellow, St John's College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Economics, London Business School University of London, 1986 - 1996
  • Professor of Management and Director of the Said Business School, University of Oxford, 1997 - 1999
  • Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Unknown Unknown, 1981 - 1986


The British Tax System 1978

Foundations of Corporate Success 1993

The Business of Economics 1996

The Truth about Markets 2003

The Long and the Short of it 2009

Obliquity Obliquity 2010

Other People's Money: Masters of the universe or servants of the people? 2015 hardback, 2016 (autumn) paperback

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Financial Economics; corporate finance, asset pricing, financial innovation, comparative financial systems, financial crises, and financial regulation

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Professor Mark Casson

Economics of business: theories of entrepreneurship and international business, with historical applications to medieval towns and industries, Victorian railways and twentieth-century multinational firms

Professor James Poterba

The economics of taxation and government spending, with a particular focus on policies that affect retirement security and capital formation