Andrew John

Professor of Economics

Andrew John joined Melbourne Business School in 2009 and is currently Professor of Economics.

After completing his Ph.D. at Yale University, Andrew held assistant professor positions at Michigan State University and University of Virginia and was Affiliate Professor/Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD, working at both the France and Singapore campuses. Andrew has extensive consulting experience in South-East Asia and Europe from his time as the Managing Director of AJK Consulting between 2002 and 2008.

Andrew’s research has been published in leading academic journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Marketing, Management Science, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Sloan Management Review. His research topics include macroeconomics, consumer boycotts, the economics of language, and economic growth and environmental quality.

Andrew teaches Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Business Economics in the MBA, Executive MBA, and Senior Executive MBA programs; he also teaches for MBS Executive Education.

Andrew is currently Associate Dean, Faculty (Melbourne Business School), and Head of Department of Business Administration (Faculty of Business of Economics, University of Melbourne) - positions that he also held from 2016-2019.


Economics: theory through applications, Cooper, R & John, A, Flat World Knowledge, 2011.

Most Notable Research

Linguistic Diversity in the Very Long Run’, John, A & Özgür, O, The Economic Journal, Volume 131, Issue 635, April 2021, Pages 1186–1214.

Secret Search’, John, A & King, I,  International Economic Review, 61, no. 1: 3-35.

Dynamic models of language evolution: the economic perspective’, in Ginsburgh, V & Weber, S (eds), Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language, 2015, pp. 101–120.

‘Steady-state equilibrium with state-dependent pricing’, John, A & Wolman, A, Journal of Monetary Economics, March 2008, vol. 55, no. 2, pp.383–405.

‘Why we boycott: consumer motivations for boycott participation’, Klein, J, Smith, NC, & John, A, Journal of Marketing, July 2004, vol.68, no.3, pp.92–109.

The boycott puzzle: Consumer motivations for sacrifice’, John, A & Klein, J, Management Science, 49 (9), 2003, pp. 1196-1209.

‘An overlapping generations model of growth and the environment’, John, A & Pecchenino, R, Economic Journal, November 1994, pp. 1393–1410.

The macroeconomics of Dr. Strangelove’, John, A, Pecchenino, R, & Schreft, S, American Economic Review, March 1993, 43-62.

‘Coordinating coordination failures in Keynesian models’, Cooper, R & John, A, Quarterly Journal of Economics, August 1988, pp. 441–63.