Jul 18 2018

Dr John Lane

We regret to announce the death of Dr John Lane, who passed away in Singapore earlier this year.

Dr John Lane

Dr John Lane

John gained his PhD at Stanford University, and joined the LSE Department of Economics as a lecturer in 1971. He also held visiting appointments at Wisconsin University, Yale University, the State University of New York, the University of California at San Diego, Queen’s University Canada, and the New Economic School in Moscow.

John taught mathematical economics, econometrics, and general equilibrium theory. His early research interests were in the areas of technological change, optimal growth theory and the economics of exhaustible resources. Later, he worked on health economics, particularly the economics of uncertainty as applied to medical decision making. His work was published in the International Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies and Econometrica, amongst others.

John retired from the LSE in September 2008, and relocated to Singapore, where he joined the Nanyang Technological University, teaching economic analysis, taxation and fiscal reform, labour and education policy, and applied mathematical economics in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. More recently, he taught on the Global Master of Finance Degree at Singapore Management University.

He continued to be engaged in the London University external (international) programme with particular reference to South East Asia, regularly returning to London to act as an external examiner.

In response to the sad news, Professor John Sutton said: “John was a wonderful colleague, invariably cheerful, with a keen sense of humour and never without a story to tell…it was always a joy to see him on his continuing summer visits, and all his old friends in the department will greatly miss seeing him approach along the corridor with that inimitable smile of recognition.”

July 2018

 

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4 Responses to Dr John Lane

  1. Dr G. Raul Diaz says:

    My condolence to Dr John Lane’s family and colleagues at the LSE. Though I personally do not know John Lane, he is an accomplished academic in the area of research as evidenced by his long record of service to the academia in Europe and Asia. We will surely miss Dr John Lane.

  2. John was a great lad. For several years we shared responsibility for a course at the LSE and he was always generous with his time and insightful in his suggestions. He was unpretentious, thorough and clever. Oh and just that little bit rebellious which made him very good fun to be with.

  3. Alan Marin says:

    I considered John a friend as well as a colleague throughout his time on the LSE staff, and after he left for Singapore we continued to try to meet when he visited London.
    One of his qualities was his helpfulness. This was particularly apparent in his care towards students, both in his teaching and tutoring. He was always ready to spend time listening to students and discussing their problems with them. He never took the view that helping them was less important than his own research and other activities.

  4. David LEE Kuo Chuen says:

    I was a student of Prof John Lane in 1982 and later his teaching assistant for three years. After he retired from the LSE, he came to Singapore to assist our universities and the GMF course. I was a director of the Master degree course and had another opportunity to work very closely with him for more than four years. John was not only brilliant, he was one of the best teachers and mentors that I know. He is dearly missed by his students, friends and colleagues here in Singapore.

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