Andrew John

Professor of Economics

Andrew John is Professor of Economics, Melbourne Business School.

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 Managerial Ethics & Social Responsibility and Global Business Economics in the MBA, Executive MBA, and Senior Executive MBA programs; he also teaches for MBS Executive Education. He is a winner of the MBS Teaching Excellence award for his teaching in the Senior Executive MBA Program.

Andrew joined MBS in 2009 and held the positions of Associate Dean, Faculty, from 2016-2019 and 2021-2022, and Deputy Dean Academic (Acting) from April to October 2022.


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.