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John Kay

John Kay

Leading British Economist and Founder of the Institute for Fiscal Studies


United Kingdom

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Professor John Kay is a leading British economist, a successful businessman, accomplished author and columnist, distinguished academic and influential policy advisor. His main focus has been the application of economics to the analysis of changes in industry.

John Kay’s academic career started after his election as a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, at 21 years of age. He still holds this position.

He established on one of Britain’s most respected think tanks, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and has since then held numerous other positions. Amongst them are included the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the London Business School. His moist recent appointment was as chairperson of the government’s Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making.

John is also the founder of London Economics. The consulting business, with John as chairman for a period of ten years, grew to become the UK’s largest independent economic consultancy with offices on three continents. He was also a director of Halifax plc, and chairperson of Clear Capital.

An accomplished author, John has written a number of books pertaining to economics. Amongst these are included:

The writer and lecturer also contributes to a weekly column in the Financial Times.

John’s career has seen him the recipient of many awards. Amongst these are included:

John Kay – Speaker

John provides illuminating insights into all aspects of the economy, including investment, industry, government, and world finance.

“But my rationale for studying economics had, from the beginning, been concerned for application.” – Prof. John Kay

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  • “Because Professor Kay is one of the leading British economists of his generation, his voyage of discovery takes him into a crash course in economics. Here is a man who can explain Pareto efficiency in words that most of us can understand. He gives answers to those puzzling questions that nag the non-specialist.”

    Hamish Mcrae, The Independent

  • John Kay “Because Professor Kay is one of the leading British economists of his generation, his voyage of discovery takes him into a crash course in economics. Here is a man who can explain Pareto efficiency in words that most of us can understand. He gives answers to those puzzling questions that nag the non-specialist.”
    5 / 5
  • “…he skewers the pretensions of the finance sector and questions whether its high rewards reflect its true economic contribution.”

    The Economist

  • John Kay “…he skewers the pretensions of the finance sector and questions whether its high rewards reflect its true economic contribution.”
    5 / 5
  • “Kay is no populist. He will be known to Irish Times readers as an astute columnist and commentator on economic policy issues. He is also an influential economic policy adviser with impressive academic credentials, which he wears very lightly.”

    Patrick Honohan, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland

  • John Kay “Kay is no populist. He will be known to Irish Times readers as an astute columnist and commentator on economic policy issues. He is also an influential economic policy adviser with impressive academic credentials, which he wears very lightly.”
    5 / 5

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