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Sir James Ball

Emeritus Professor of Economics

MA (Oxford), PhD (Pennsylvania), Hon DSc (Aston), Hon D Soc Sci (Manchester)

Sir James Ball (1933-2018) was Principal of LBS from 1972-1984.

He specialised in the formulation and application of macroeconomics policy. In addition to being Emeritus Professor of Economics London Business School, he was also an investment adviser to pension funds and charities.

He was the author of The British Economy at the Crossroads, The Economics of Wealth Creation, Money and Employment, Inflation and the Theory of Money and An econometric Model of the United Kingdom. He had numerous articles published in professional and public journals.

Sir James was a Senior Lecturer at Manchester University and a Chairman at Legal and General Group Plc and at the Royal Bank of Canada (UK).

He was a director of the following organisations: Ogilvy and Mather, TI Group, Barclays Bank Trust Co, National Freight Corporation, Legal and General Group Plc, IBM (UK), LASMO Plc and the Royal Bank of Canada.


Earnings quality in UK private firms: comparative loss recognition timeliness

Ball R J; Shivakumar L

Journal of Accounting and Economics 2005 Feb Vol 39:1 p 83-128


European single currency: a bad idea

Ball R J

New Europe, 1999

The British economy: the way forward

Ball R J

Economic Affairs 1999 September Vol 19:3 p 40-46


Britain at the crossroads: the single currency

Ball R J

Economic Affairs 1998 December Vol 18:4 p 37-39


European Union: the road to nowhere

Ball R J

European Business Journal 1996 Vol 8:1 p 8-31


World economy: trends and prospects for the next decade

Ball R J

British-North American Committee, 1994


Manufacturing industry and the balance of payments adjustment: the United Kingdom case

Ball R J; Robertson D C

Economic Outlook 1993 June Vol 17:9 p 39-49


Creation of wealth

Ball R J

In Ball R J ed., The economics of wealth creation, Edward Elgar, 1992

Economics of wealth creation

Ball R J, ed.

Edward Elgar, 1992

Markets and marketing

Ball R J

Chartered Institute of Marketing, 1992


Short-termism: myth or reality?

Ball R J

National Westminister Bank Quarterly Review 1991 August p 20-30


Financial institutions and their role as shareholders

Ball R J

In Creative tension?, The National Association of Pension Funds, 1990

Schooling society

Ball R J

Management Today 1990 February p 5

Macroeconometric model-building in the United Kingdom

Ball R J; Holly S

In Bodkin R G, Klein L R, and Marwah K eds., A history of macroeconometric modelling, Edward Elgar, 1990


Economic policy: fact and ambition

Ball R J

Economic Outlook 1989 Oct Vol 14/1 p 25-34

United Kingdom economy: miracle or mirage

Ball R J

National Westminster Bank Quarterly Review 1989 Feb p 43-59

Money, trade and payments: essays in honour of Professor Dennis

Ball R J

in Coppock ed., Manufacturing industry, economic growth and the balance of payments, Manchester University Press, 1989

Progress towards 1992

Ball R J

IBM Management Topics 1989 Sept p 12-14

Research Interests

  • The formulation and application of macroeconomics policy.