Equity markets inquiry chief to speak in Aberdeen

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Top economist John Kay to address dinner

Top economist John Kay will be keynote speaker at a dinner in Aberdeen next month.

Professor Kay, who is currently heading a Government inquiry into the future of British equity markets, is a distinguished academic, a successful businessman, an adviser to companies and governments around the world, and an acclaimed columnist.

He was born and educated in Scotland he was elected a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford at the age of 21, a position which he still holds.

As research director and director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies he established it as one of Britain’s most respected think tanks.

Since then he has been a professor at the London Business School and the University of Oxford, and is currently a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He was the first director of Oxford University’s Said Business School.

In 1986 he founded London Economics, a consulting business, of which he was executive chairman until 1996. During this period it grew into Britain’s largest independent economic consultancy.

He is a frequent writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Two collections of his writings have been published, Everlasting Light Bulbs in 2004, and The Hare & the Tortoise in 2006. He is the author of Foundations of Corporate Success (1993), and The Business of Economics (1996). The Truth about Markets (2003) is a balanced assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of market organisation and of the role of financial markets in it. (A US version, Culture and Prosperity, appeared in 2004).

The Long and the Short of It, published in January 2009, is an explanation of how the

financial system operates, a critique of its provision for personal investors, a guide to the elements

He will be addressing the dinner on October 25 which has been organised by Linn Products founder Ivor Tiefenbrun to raise funds for the Cure Crohn’s Colitis charity.

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