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.
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.