Professor John Thanassoulis



John is the Professor of Financial Economics at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, and he is the lead academic responsible for the entirety of the strategic partnership between the Bank of England and the University of Warwick.  In addition John serves on the WBS Strategic Management Group and he is the Associate Dean for Executive Education.

John is also an Associate Member of the Oxford-Man Institute at the University of Oxford, and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford University. For nine years prior to this he was the Heyman/Moritz Official Student (Fellow) of Economics at Christ Church, Oxford and a University Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Oxford University. John is a member of the UK Competition Commission Academic Panel, an academic advisor to OFCOM, and Treasurer of the Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (charity number 288585). John was a Non-Executive Director of Oxford Investment Partners (OXIP) until its acquisition by Towers Watson, and sat on the steering panel for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills investigation into Metrics and Models for Long-Term Investment.

John was educated at both Oxford and Cambridge, studying Mathematics followed by Economics. At Oxford John ran the academic side of the Oxford University Business Economics Programme, and he explains current economic issues on radio and TV. John has been a visiting professor at the Bank of England, the Banque de France, and TSE, Toulouse. 

John is an economic theorist specialising in the scientific analysis of strategic decision making. He applies these tools to the fields of Executive Pay, Finance and Financial Stability, and Industrial Organization. His current major research projects are a study of the evolution of trust and culture and its relationship to pay in financial services; an analysis of optimal pricing over time, via bundling, or through the use of randomness; a study of distortions caused by shareholders selling out at critical points in the firm life-cycle.

After completion of his academic studies, and before returning to academia in 2004, John worked first in the telecommunications industry and then as an antitrust consultant. His antitrust and strategy work has covered sectors including finance, advertising, fmcg and transport.


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