John Turner

John Turner

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John Turner is a Professor of Finance and Financial History at Queen’s University Belfast. His current research is focused on the long-term development of banking, banking crises, financial markets, bubbles, and corporate law and finance. Turner is also an active blogger who writes about the past, present, and future of the economy and financial system. His work also emphasizes the significance of organizational form and unlimited liability to the stability of early banking systems. He is also keen on investor behavior in early capital markets and has written a series of articles on the topic.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • Turner believes that the past provides rich lessons for modern-day economists and social scientists. 
  • He helps economists understand how unlimited liability operated in the past and why limited liability is much ado about nothing. 
  • He has also developed a series of stock market indices for 19th-century Britain and Ireland
  • He also worked on wealth inequality and the effect of electoral franchise extension on property rights.
  • He has been a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England.
  • He has been a Chandler Fellow at Harvard Business School.
  • He is currently a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
  • He is an editor of The Economic History Review. 
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.
  • Current Works:
    1. Along with Gareth Campbell, he is looking at the Railway Mania.
    2. He is interested in the impact of the popularisation of democracy on wealth inequality and asset prices.
    3. Along with Qing Ye and Gareth Campbell, he is working on asset pricing in nascent financial markets.
    4. Along with Graeme Acheson, Gareth Campbell, and Nadia Vanteeva, he is looking at corporate ownership and control in the nineteenth century.