John A. Beath
John A. Beath
Emeritus Professor
Room: G21e
University of St Andrews,
School of Economics and Finance,
St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AR,
Scotland, U.K.
Office Hours
Tel: 2421
Email: jabst-andrews.ac.uk


Professor John Arnott Beath studied at the Universities of St. Andrews (Queen's College, Dundee), London and Pennsylvania (where he was a Thouron Scholar) and held academic posts at Cambridge and Bristol prior to coming to St. Andrews where he was Head of School between 1992 and 1997 and again from 2001-2003.  Having retired from teaching in 2009 he is now Professor Emeritus.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Arts, he was appointed Secretary-General of the Royal Economic Society in June 2008 (only the 9th post-holder in over 100 years). He will retire from this position in 2015.

Professor Beath has been a Council member of the ESRC, and served as Chair of ESRC Research Grants and Training and Skills Committees and is Chair of the Advisory Group on Future of UK and Scotland.

He was a Member of the subject panel in RAE 1996 and 2001 and has also been involved with the QAA on subject benchmarking and institutional assessment.   Most recently, he was an International panellist for Business, Economics and Finance in the 2014 RAE in Hong Kong (PRC).


He 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 focused on industrial organisation and competition policy.

Research Interests

He has a wide range of interests in economics but his research currently is focused on industrial organisation (especially the economics of R&D and knowledge) and on taxation.

Selected Publications

  • The Economic Theory of Product Differentiation, Cambridge University Press, 1991 (with Y.S. Katsoulacos).
  • "Target Profits, Cost Expectations and the Incidence of Corporate Income Tax", Review of Economic Studies, 46(3), 1979, 513-525.
  • "Sequential Product Innovation and Industry Evolution", Economic Journal, Vol. 97, 1987, 32-43 (with D.T. Ulph and Y.S. Katsoulacos).
  • "Policy Targetting in a New Welfare Framework with Poverty", in P.G. Hare (ed), Surveys in Public Sector Economics, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1988, 161-185. (with G.W.Lewis and D.T. Ulph).
  • "Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights and the Uruguay Round", The World Economy, Vol 13(3), September 1990, 411-426.
  • "Game-Theoretic Approaches to the Modelling of Technological Change", in P. Stoneman (ed.), Handbook of the Economics of Innovation and Technical Change, Blackwell, 1995, 132-181. (with Y.S. Katsoulacos and D.T. Ulph).
  • "Strategic R&D Policy", in D.B. Audretsch (ed.), Industrial Policy and Competitive Advantage, Vol 1, Vol. 84 of The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 1998.
  • "Organization Design and Information-Sharing in a Research Joint Venture with Spillovers", Bulletin of Economic Research, Vol. 50(1), 1998, 47-59 (with J. Poyago-Theotoky and D.T. Ulph).
  • "Universities and Fundamental Research: Reflections on the Growth of University-Industry Partnerships", Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol 18, No. 1, Spring 2002, 10-21. (With J. Poyago-Theotoky and D. Siegel).
  • "UK Industrial Policy: Old Tunes on New Instruments?", Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 18, No. 2, Summer 2002, 221-239.
  • "Optimal Incentives for Income-Generation within Universities: The Rule of Thumb for the Compton Tax", International Journal of Industrial Organization, Vol. 21, 2003, 1301-1322.

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