I have an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, a D Phil in Economics from the University of York, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Oxford.
- Economic adviser to the Royal Commission on the Constitution, 1971-72
- Economics master, Winchester College, 1972-78 (head of department from 1975)
- Lecturer in economics, University of Stirling, 1978-87
- Economic adviser to the Department of the Environment in London, 1987-88
- Senior lecturer in economics, University of Stirling, 1987-2002
- Personal chair in Public Economics, University of Stirling, 2002-09
- Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Stirling, since 2009
- Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, 1982 and 1992
- Consultant to the OECD
- Consultant to the World Bank
- Consultant to the Council of Europe
I taught on many core undergraduate modules in economics, including first year microeconomics and macroeconomics, second year macroeconomics, and third year microeconomics. I also taught money and banking, public sector economics, international trade theory and economic policy. I taught on a number of postgraduate programmes and was Director of the MSc in Banking and Finance from 2001-08.
On behalf of the OECD, I have advised governments and officials in Albania, Bulgaria, the former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal, the former Soviet Union, and the former Yugoslavia, and I have written numerous reports and contributed to several training programmes.
On behalf of the World Bank, I have advised governments and officials in Romania and the People’s Republic of China, and I was part of a team recommending the terms of a large loan to Kazakhstan.
On behalf of the Council of Europe, I have given advice to members of the Russian parliament, and I have written a report.
I have also been consulted by politicians and officials of the governments of Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and the UK.
I conducted the Stirling University Choir from 1990 to 2009. Also, I have written two books on the 18th century Scottish architects Robert and James Adam, initially at the request of the then Stirling University Press.