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Tim Besley

Tim Besley

Research Fellow

Timothy Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies at Stockholm University. From September 2006 to August 2009, he served as an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. He is also the Gluskin-Granovsky Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, and the European Economic Association. He is also a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 he served as the President of the European Economic Association. Professor Besley is a past co-editor of the American Economic Review, and a 2005 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association which is granted every other year to an economist aged under 45 who has made a significant contribution to economics in Europe. His research, which mostly has a policy focus, is mainly in the areas of Development Economics, Public Economics and Political Economy.

Academic outputs

Journal article | National Tax Journal
This article explains the proposals set out in the Mirrlees Review
Journal article
This paper provides a summary of the conclusions and recommendations of the Mirrlees Review of the UK tax system.

Reports and comment

External publication
This paper uses mortgage data to construct a measure of terms on which households access to external finance, and relates it to consumption at both the aggregate and cohort levels.
This report studies the demand for private health insurance in the UK using data from the British Social Attitudes Survey.


Presentation at Brussels Tax Forum
In this presentation, Professor Timothy Besley discusses some of the findings in and implications of his recent research looking at the link between the terms on which households can access credit and the behaviour of consumers.