Past Presidents

Prof Peter Neary

Immediate Past President (2017-18)

Peter Neary is a professor of economics at the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He was President of the Royal Economic Society in 2017-18. Peter also held the position of President at the European Economic Association in 2002 and President of the International Economics and Finance Society in 1999-2000.

Prof Andrew Chesher

RES President 2016-17

Andrew Chesher is the William Stanley Jevons Professor of Economics and Economic Measurement at University College London and the Director of the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice at the Institute for Fiscal Studies where he is a Research Fellow.

Sir Charles Bean

RES President 2013-15

Charles is a professor of economics at LSE and a member of the Budget Responsibility Committee at OBR. He previously served as Chief Economist (2000-8) and Deputy Governor (2008-14) at the Bank of England. He was President of RES from 2013 to 2015 and was knighted for services to monetary policy in 2014.

Sir Richard Blundell

RES President 2010-13

Richard is a Ricardo Professor of Political Economy at University College London and Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP) at the IFS.

Sir John Vickers

RES President 2007-10

John is a professor of economics at the University of Oxford and the Warden of All Souls College.

Prof John Sutton

RES President 2004-07

John is the Sir John Hicks Professor Emeritus of Economics at LSE, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He served as President of the RES from 2004 to 2007.

Sir Stephen Nickell

RES President 2001-04

Stephen is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.

Sir Partha Dasgupta

RES President 1998-01

Sir Partha Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society, Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Science, and recipient of the Volvo Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and the Tyler Prize.

Sir Anthony Barnes Atkinson

RES President 1995-98

Professor Anthony Barnes “Tony” Atkinson was an academic economist particularly concerned with issues of social justice and the design of public policy. He was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

Sir David Hendry

RES President 1992-95

David is a senior research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and a co-director of Climate Econometrics and of Economic Modelling in the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School.

Sir James Mirrlees

RES President 1989-92

Sir James Mirrlees (1936-2018) was a professor of political economy at the University of Cambridge and the recipient of a Nobel Prize in Economics in 1996.

Prof Frank Hahn

RES President 1986-89

Frank Hahn was a Professor at Cambridge University until 1992 and a distinguished professor of economics at the University of Siena. Much of his work focused on general equilibrium theoryand the term “Hahn’s problem” is named after him.

Prof Robin C O Matthews

RES President 1984-86

Robin Matthews was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, the Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford from 1965 to 1975 and the Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge from 1980 to 1991. He was known as a leading chess problemist, and specialised in the composition of directmate three-movers.

Prof George David Norman Worswick

RES President 1982-84

George David Worswick was the director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) from 1965 to 1982 and a fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1945 to 1965.

Prof Phyllis Deane

RES President 1980-82

Phyllis Deane was an editor of the Economic Journal from 1967 to 1975 and a professor at the University of Cambridge.

Sir John Richard Nicholas Stone

RES President 1978-80

Based in Cambridge, Sir Richard Stone received the Nobel prize in Economics in 1984 for developing an accounting model that could be used to track economic activities on a national and international scale.

Prof Arthur A J Brown

RES President 1976-78

Arthur Brown was a professor at Leeds University from 1947 to 1979. His work "The Great Inflation 1939-1951" predicted an inverse relationship between inflation and the unemployment rate, a theory that would be developed much later on as the Phillips Curve.

Prof Nicholas Kaldor

RES President 1974-76

Nicholas Kaldor was the Director of Research and Planning at the Economic Commission for Europe and an advisor to the Labour government from 1964. He is perhaps best known for developing the ‘Kaldor-Hicks efficiency’ in 1939 and his series of observations on economic growth, known as ‘Kaldor’s growth laws’.

Sir George Donald Alastair MacDougall

RES President 1972-74

Sir George Alastair Macdougall was head of the Government Economic Service between 1969 and 1973 and acted as chief economic adviser to Chancellors of the Exchequer Roy Jenkins, Iain Macleod and Anthony Barber.

Sir Henry Phelps Brown

RES President 1970-72

Henry Phelps Brown was a fellow of New College, Oxford from 1930 to 1947. Following this he took up the post of Professor of the Economics of Labour at the London School of Economics, where he remained until his retirement in 1968.

Sir Alexander Kirkland Cairncross

RES President 1968-70

Sir Alexander Cairncross served as the first editor of the Scottish Journal of Political Economy and was a driving force in the foundation of the Scottish Economic Society. He was the head of the Government Economic Service from 1964 to 1969 and Chancellor of the University of Glasgow from 1972 to 1996.

Sir Sydney Caine

RES President 1966-68

Sydney Caine was the financial secretary of Hong Kong from 1937 to 1940. He served as the Vice-Chancellor of the university of Malaya in Singapore between 1952 and 1957, and was the director of the LSE between 1957 and 1967.

Prof James E. Meade

RES President 1964-66

James Meade received the 1977 Nobel Prize in Economics and was the leading economist in the early year’s of Clement Attlee’s government. He became the professor of trade at the London School of Economics in 1947 and moved to the chair of political economy at the University of Cambridge in 1957.

Sir Henry Roy Forbes Harrod

RES President 1962-64

Sir Henry Harrod is perhaps best known for co-developing the Harrod-Domar model with American economist Evsey Domar. He wrote the first major biography of John Maynard Keynes (The Life of John Maynard Keynes), which was published in 1951.

Sir John Richard Hicks

RES President 1960-62

A Nobel prize winner in 1972, Sir John Richard Hicks lectured at the London School of Economics between 1926 and 1935 and became an Honorary Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford in later life. His 1932 work The Theory of Wages was a pivotal work in the discussion of wage theory within competitive markets.

Robert Lowe Hall, Baron Roberthall

RES President 1958-60

Robert Hall was born in Australia and served as the chief economic advisor to successive Chancellors of the Exchequer from 1953 to 1961. He was principal of Hertford College, Oxford from 1964 to 1967 and served actively in the House of lords in the 1970s and 1980s.

Sir Alexander Carr-Saunders

RES President 1956-58

Alexander Carr-Saunders was the director of the London School of Economics from 1937 to 1957. He is the author of the 1922 book The Population Problem, one of the first major historical studies in demography, and was knighted in the 1946 New Year Honours.

Lionel Charles Robbins, Baron Robbins

RES President 1954-56

Lionel Charles Robbins was a professor of economics at LSE from 1929 until 1961. He authored several influential papers, including the Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science, and was created a life peer as Barron Robbins in 1959.

Robert Henry Brand, 1st Baron Brand

RES President 1952-54

A Fellow of All Souls College Oxford, Robert was a member of Alfred Milner’s civil service in South Africa and served as a director of Lloyds bank.

Sir Hubert Douglas Henderson

RES President 1950-52

Hubert Douglas Henderson was Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford from 1945 to 1951. He stood for the general election as the Liberal candidate for Cambridge university in 1929, and was knighted in 1942.

Sir Dennis Holme Robertson

RES President 1948-50

Sir Dennis Robertson was a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1914 to 1938 and again from 1944 to 1963. In 1944 he became professor of political economy, which he held until his retirement in 1957.

Sir Ralph George Hawtrey

RES President 1946-48

Ralph George Hawtrey helped develop the multiplier concept found on macroeconomics. He worked in the UK Treasury from 1904 until his retirement in 1945.

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes

RES President 1945-46

One of the most influential economists of the twentieth century, John Maynard Keynes created a revolution in postwar economic thinking through his writing, most notably his 1936 publication The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. He was appointed editor of The Economic Journal in 1911.

Sir William Beveridge

RES President 1940-45

Sir William Beveridge was instrumental in the creation of the post-WWII welfare state, largely through the publication of his 1942 report Social Insurance and Allied Services. He was Director of the London School of Economics from 1919 until 1937, and wrote frequently on the subjects of unemployment and social security.

Prof Arthur Cecil Pigou

RES President 1937-1940

Arthur Pigou was the professor of political economy at the University of Cambridge from 1908 to 1943. In 1920 he published The Economics of Welfare, which became an instrumental text for modern environmental economic theory.

Prof William Robert Scott

RES President 1935-37

William Robert Scott was the Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy at the University of Glasgow from 1915 to 1940. Alongside being the President of the RES, he was also president of the Economic History Society in 1928 and the Royal Philosophical Society from 1931 to 1934.

Prof Edwin Cannan

RES President 1932-34

Edwin Cannan was a professor at the London School of Economics from 1895 to 1926. He was known for his criticism of classical economy theory, with his famous 1894 work A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution being seen as a logical dissection of many classical ideas.

Prof Herbert Somerton Foxwell

RES President 1929-32

Herbert Somerton Foxwell held the Chair of Economics at University College London from 1881 to 1927. In 1907 he became joint Professor of Political Economy in the University of London.

Richard Burdon Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane

RES President 1906-29

Richard Burdon Haldane was a Secretary of State for War from 1905 to 1912, and served as lord Chancellor in the first ever Labour Party administration in 1924. He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1914 for his writings on philosophy.

George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen

RES President 1891-06

George Joachim Goschen became Chancellor of the Exchequer in December 1886, following the resignation of Lord Randolph Churchill. He is known for designing the Goschen formula, which was used to allocate funding for services in Scotland and Ireland compared with England and Wales.