James Ball (economist)

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James Ball
Born (1933-07-15)15 July 1933[1]
Died 15 January 2018(2018-01-15) (aged 84)
Institution London Business School[2]
Field Macroeconomics[2]
Alma mater

Sir Robert James Ball CBE (15 July 1933 – 15 January 2018) was a British academic, a professor of economics at the London Business School and a leader in the field of econometric modeling.[2][3][4]

Other positions[edit]

Ball was a trustee of The Economist.[5] He served on the Board of Governors for the Centre for Economic Policy Research.[6] He was the Chairman of Legal & General Group[7] from 1979 to 1994.


Ball was co-creator of the Oxford Econometric Model along with Lawrence Klein which led to an "explosion" of macroeconometric forecasting.[8]

Honors and awards[edit]

In June 1984 he was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 1994, the book Money, Inflation and Employment: Essays in Honour of James Ball was published to celebrate his contribution to the field of econometric modeling.[4]


Sir James Ball died on 15 January 2018, aged 84.[9]


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Independent. 15 July 1995.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jim Ball". Faculty Profiles. London Business School. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  3. ^ "BALL, JAMES". The International Academy of Management. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b Holly, Sean; et al. (1994). Money, Inflation and Employment: Essays in Honour of James Ball. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. ix. ISBN 978-1852787110.
  5. ^ Edwards, Ruth Dudley (1993). The Pursuit of Reason: The Economist, 1843–1993. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Press. p. 950. ISBN 978-0875846088.
  6. ^ Buiter, William H.; et al. (1985). International Economic Policy Coordination. Cambridge: Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge.
  7. ^ https://www.london.edu/news-and-events/news/remembering-sir-james-ball-1393
  8. ^ Wood, John Cunningham; et al. (2005). Critical Assessments of Contemporary Economists. New York: Routledge. p. 279. ISBN 978-0415310628.
  9. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thetimes-uk/obituary.aspx?pid=187934801