Prof Peter Neary 1950-2021


“It is with great sadness that the Royal Economic Society received the news that J. Peter Neary, a former President, has passed away at the age of 71. Peter was an eminent trade economist with many influential contributions among them his classic paper on Deindustrialization and the Dutch Disease published in the Economic Journal. Peter was a much-valued member of the economics community in Ireland, the UK and Europe more generally. In 2014, he chaired the REF panel in Economics and Econometrics, a task that he handled with aplomb. Like everything that Peter did, he took on the role as President of the RES in 2017 with dedication, seeking ways to increase the relevance of the Society and enhancing its standing. A larger-than-life presence in any gathering that he joined, he will be missed by all who knew him. On behalf of the Society, I send our heartfelt condolences to his colleagues, friends and, above all, his family.”

The National University of Ireland has published Peter’s obituary.


Tim Besley, RES President

Peter Neary, RES President 2017-18