A leading economist from the University of St Andrews has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list with an OBE for services to Economics.
Professor John Arnott Beath is currently Emeritus Professor in the School of Economics and Finance at the University where he began his academic career as an undergraduate (at Queen’s College, Dundee).
An expert in the economics of technology and innovation, the applications of game theory, and microeconomics as well as in taxation, public finance and industrial economics, Professor Beath has been recognised for more than four decades of contribution to academia and practice.
Professor Beath also studied in London and Pennsylvania where he was a Thouron Scholar and held academic posts at Cambridge and Bristol before coming to St Andrews where he was Head of School from 1992 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2003, eventually retiring in 2009.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of the Arts, he was appointed Secretary-General of the Royal Economic Society in June 2008, only the ninth person to hold the post in more than a century.
Professor Beath has been a Council member of the ESRC, and served as Chair of the ESRC Research Grants and Training and Skills Committees, and is Chair of the Advisory Group on the Future of the UK and Scotland.
He was a member of the subject panel in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 1996 and 2001 and has also been involved with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on subject bench marking and institutional assessment.
Most recently, he was an international panellist for Business, Economics and Finance in the 2014 RAE in Hong Kong and has also been a member of two Pay Review bodies: he served for two terms (six years) on the body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration and is currently a member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body. A member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal, he has a wide range of research interests in economics, most recently focusing on industrial organisation and competition policy.
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