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. Here he was Head of School between 1991 and 1999 and again from 2001-03. 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). Professor Beath was appointed to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues in September 2009, having been actively involved with the ESRC on a number of its Boards and Committees. 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. He has also worked for HM Treasury and as a consultant to industry. He chairs the Board of Management of the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ERINI) and has been a member of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration. He has a wide range of research interests in economics most recently focused on industrial organisation in particular knowledge transfer between firms and universities, and on taxation 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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