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 2001-09. I also taught a half-module on the Scottish architect Robert Adam.
In 2018 I was invited to meetings at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government in London, advising about local government finance reform in England. 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. On behalf of the OECD, I participated in short training programmes for officials from countries in transition. These courses were provided in Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Ankara (Turkey), Kiev (Ukraine) and Vienna (Austria).
There was a feature article about my work, headed 'A man for all seasons', in the Times Higher Education Supplement 23 September 2005.
Other University activities
I conducted the Stirling University Choir from 1990 to 2009. We had around 80 members and performed one concert each semester in Dunblane Cathedral with professional soloists and instrumentalists. 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 and published in association with the University.
2011-13. I was initially consultant and, subsequently, principal investigator in a research project into the feasibility of the replacement of the Barnett Formula by needs assessment. This project was chiefly funded by a £220,000 grant from the ESRC.
I undertook a study on local income taxes for the Liberal Democrat Party, chiefly to estimate the income tax rates which each local authority would then have set if the Party’s proposed local income tax rate had been in operation. The project was financed by a grant from Edward Davey MP, then shadow deputy prime minister for the Liberal Democrats, with funds from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
1998-2000. Together with the late Prof Rob Ball, Management and Organisation, I received a grant of £53,300 from the Leverhulme Trust to look at the Private Sector Initiative.
I have presented many papers in the UK, and also abroad, including the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, China (for the Ministry of Finance in Kunming), Eire, France (for the OECD, Paris), Greece (at the Ministry of Finance, Athens), Italy, Kazakhstan (at the World Bank Resident Mission, Almaty), Spain, Ukraine and the United States (at the White House, Washington, D.C.).
King DN & Eiser D (2017) Allocating Grant to the UK's Devolved Territories by Needs Assessment: Lessons from School Funding Formulae in England and Scotland. Fiscal Studies, 38 (1), pp. 81-109. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-5890.12088
Ball R, Eiser D & King DN (2015) Assessing relative spending needs of devolved government: the case of healthcare spending in the UK. Regional Studies, 49 (2), pp. 323-336. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2013.779660
Ball R, King DN & Eiser D (2012) Replacing the Barnett Formula by needs assessment: lessons from school funding formulae in England and Scotland. http://www.barnett-or-needs.stir.ac.uk/documents/educationpaper1Nov2012web_000.pdf
Ball R, King DN & Eiser D (2012) Assessing the relative health care spending needs of the UK's devolved territories: A Scottish perspective. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 30 (2), pp. 322-346. https://doi.org/10.1068/c11204r
King DN (2009) Memorandum, pages 47 to 53 in The Barnett Formula: Report with Evidence: House of Lords Select Committee on the Barnett Formula, 1st Report of Session 2008-09. HL Paper, 139. The Stationery Office, London. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldselect/ldbarnett/139/139.pdf
Ball R, Heafey M & King DN (2007) The Private Finance Initiative in the UK: A value for money and economic analysis. Public Management Review, 9 (2), pp. 289-310. https://doi.org/10.1080/14719030701340507
King DN (2006) Local Government Organisation and Finance: United Kingdom. In: Shah A (ed.) Local governance in industrial countries. First ed. Public sector, governance and accountability series. Washington DC, USA: World Bank, pp. 265-312. https://publications.worldbank.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=22284
King DN, Pashley M & Ball R (2004) An English Assessment of Scotland's Education Spending Needs. Fiscal Studies, 25 (4), pp. 439-466. http://www-scopus-com.ezproxy.stir.ac.uk/record/display.url?eid=2-s2.0-11444255787&origin=resultslist&sort=plf-f&src=s&st1=10.1111%2fj.1475-5890.2004.tb00546.x&sid=F378058BA5BB4D379217DCE03CA09A48.y7ESLndDIsN8cE7qwvy6w%3a60&sot=b&sdt=b&sl=39&s=DOI%2810.111; https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5890.2004.tb00546.x
Ball R, Heafey M & King D (2004) Risk Management and the Private Finance Initiative. In: Ghobadian A, Gallear D, O’Regan N & Viney H (eds.) Public-Private Partnerships. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 179-188.
King DN, Heafey M & Ball R (2003) Risk transfer and value for money in pfi projects. Public Management Review, 5 (2), pp. 279-290. https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85012488567&doi=10.1080%2f1461667032000066444&partnerID=40&md5=04b0b2db3c6d7a59615153bea7ff88aa; https://doi.org/10.1080/1461667032000066444
King DN & Ma Y (2001) Decentralisation and Macroeconomic Management: The Experience of OECD Countries. In: Libro de Resúmenes de las 34 Jornados Internacionales de Finanzas Públicas. Cordoba: Universidad Nacional (Facultad de Ciencias Económicas).
King DN, Heafey M & Ball R (2001) Private Finance Initiative - A good deal for the public purse or a drain on future generations?. Policy and Politics, 29 (1), pp. 95-108. https://doi.org/10.1332/0305573012501224
King DN & Ma Y (2001) Fiscal decentralization, central bank independence, and inflation. Economics Letters, 72 (1), pp. 95-98. http://www-scopus-com.ezproxy.stir.ac.uk/record/display.url?eid=2-s2.0-0035630849&origin=resultslist&sort=plf-f&src=s&st1=Fiscal+decentralization%2c+central+bank+independence%2c+and+inflation&sid=F378058BA5BB4D379217DCE03CA09A48.y7ESLndDIsN8cE7qwvy6w%3a120; https://doi.org/10.1016/S0165-1765%2801%2900405-0
Ball R, Heafey M & King D (2000) Managerial and Economic Implications of the Private Finance Initiative. In: The Fourth International Symposium on Public Management Abstracts. Rotterdam: Erasmus University, pp. 14-16.
King DN & Ma Y (2000) Central Government Control over Local Authority Expenditure: The Overseas Experience. In: Managing the Public’s Money: A Local Perspective. London: Local Government Information Unit, pp. 33-43.
Ball R, Heafey M & King D (2000) Managing and Concluding the Pfi Process for a New High School: Room for improvement?. Public Management: An International Journal of Research and Theory, 2 (2), pp. 159-180. https://doi.org/10.1080/14719030000000008
King DN & Ma Y (2000) Local Authority Size in Theory and Practice. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 18 (3), pp. 255-270. http://www-scopus-com.ezproxy.stir.ac.uk/record/display.url?eid=2-s2.0-0034126579&origin=resultslist&sort=plf-f&src=s&st1=Local+Authority+Size+in+Theory+and+Practice&sid=F378058BA5BB4D379217DCE03CA09A48.y7ESLndDIsN8cE7qwvy6w%3a220&sot=b&sdt=b&sl=50&s=TITLE; https://doi.org/10.1068/c9856
King DN & Ma Y (2000) Local authority provision versus club provision. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 18 (2), pp. 207-223. http://www-scopus-com.ezproxy.stir.ac.uk/record/display.url?eid=2-s2.0-0034013097&origin=resultslist&sort=plf-f&src=s&st1=Local+authority+provision+versus+club+provision&sid=F378058BA5BB4D379217DCE03CA09A48.y7ESLndDIsN8cE7qwvy6w%3a320&sot=b&sdt=b&sl=54&s=T; https://doi.org/10.1068/c9855
King DN & Ma Y (2000) Decentralization and macroeconomic performance. Applied Economics Letters, 7 (1), pp. 11-14. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-0040354379&md5=083a8e1859be37c1f5f5e4e186e09d32; https://doi.org/10.1080/135048500352013
King DN & Jequier R (1997) Report by the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Authorities (CDLR)
on local finance in Europe. In: Council of Europe (ed.) Local finance in Europe [also published in 1997 in French as Les Finances Locales en Europe]. First ed. Local and Regional Authorities in Europe, 61. Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe Publishing, pp. 9-65. https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=1388051&Site=COE
King DN (1993) Australian Reform Options: A European View. In: Collins D (ed.) Vertical fiscal imbalance and the allocation of taxing powers: papers from a conference organised by the Australian Tax Research Foundation. Conference series (Australian Tax Research Foundation), 13. Vertical fiscal imbalance and the allocation of taxing powers, 04.11.1993-05.11.1993. Sydney: Australian Tax Foundation, pp. 265-299.
King DN (1992) Conversando com Aníbal Cavaco Silva. In: Silva A & das Neves J (eds.) Finanças Públicas e Política Macroeconómica. Lisbon: Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Faculdade de Economia), pp. 293-299.
King DN (1990) Gains and losses from the changes in the system of grants paid to English local authorities. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 8 (1), pp. 69-86. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-0025131770&md5=54b4d92d4d2d4f7f1cb23d4bbe69f273; https://doi.org/10.1068/c080069
King D (1989) Govern Regional I Local al Regne Unit. In: Sole Vilanova J (ed.) Govern Central i Governs Locals a la Gran Bretanya. Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya (Institut d’Estudis Autonomics), pp. 45-76.