|Born||14 September 1961
|Institution||London School of Economics|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Influences||James Mirrlees James M. Buchanan|
|Awards||Yrjö Jahnsson Award (2005) John von Neumann Award (2010)|
|Information at IDEAS/RePEc|
Timothy John Besley, FBA CBE served on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee from September 2006 to August 2009 and is School Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics, Director of the Suntory-Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD).
He attended Aylesbury Grammar School. He then studied at Oxford University, where he gained a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class) and an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. in Economics. At Oxford, he was one of the most successful students, evidenced by winning three George-Webb Medley Prizes for his BA and M.Phil research thesis.
He is also a research fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a member of the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
His research interests are focused on aspects of economic policy formation in developed and emerging market economies. He is one of the leading economists involved in restoring the study of political economy to prominence in mainstream economics.
He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and is a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past co-editor of American Economic Review—the first person to serve in this position not based at a US university. He is the 2010 president of the European Economic Association. In 2005, he won the Yrjö Jahnsson Award for European economics and he was awarded the 2010 John von Neumann Award by the Rajk László College for Advanced Studies at Corvinus University of Budapest. Besley was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.
He is married to Gillian Paull and has two sons called Thomas and Oliver. He lives in the Barnes area of London.
- Principled agents?: the political economy of good government, Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-19-927150-4
- Delivering on the promise of pro-poor growth: insights and lessons from country experiences, Editors Timothy Besley, Louise Cord, World Bank Publications, 2007, ISBN 978-0-8213-6515-1
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 2010.
-  Advisor List of Fair Observer
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|The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee|
|Governor: Mervyn King (June 2003–present)|
|September 2006:||King | Bean | Barker | Tucker | Lomax | Gieve | Blanchflower | Besley|
|October 2006 – June 2008:||King | Bean | Barker | Tucker | Lomax | Gieve | Blanchflower | Besley | Sentance|
|July 2008 – February 2009:||King | Bean | Barker | Tucker | Gieve | Blanchflower | Besley | Sentance | Dale|
|March 2009 – April 2009:||King | Bean | Barker | Tucker | Blanchflower | Besley | Sentance | Dale | Fisher|
|June 2009 – August 2009:||King | Bean | Barker | Tucker | Besley | Sentance | Dale | Fisher | Miles|