John Kay

John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists. His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business.  His career has spanned academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies.

John’s main current interest is in writing and he publishes a weekly column in the Financial Times. His latest book, Obliquity – how our goals are best pursued indirectly – has just been published by Profile at the end of March 2010. The Long and the Short of It – finance and investment for normally intelligent people who are not in the industry was published in January 2009 and his major work on the operation of market economies, The Truth about Markets, appeared in 2003 (a US version, Culture and Prosperity, was published in 2004). Two collections of his FT columns are available – Everlasting Light Bulbs covers economic subjects, while The Hare and the Tortoise has a business focus.

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