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About Mark Casson

Mark Casson is Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Centre for Economic Institutions and Economic History at the University of Reading. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Arts and the Academy of International Business. He served on the council of the Royal Economic Society, 1985-90, and is a founder member of the History Committee of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a freeman of the City of London and chair of the Trustees of the Business Enterprise Heritage Trust. 

He has written or edited books on a range of topics relating to economics, history and culture. He is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurship (2006). His recent books include The World’s First Railway System (2009), Entrepreneurship: Theory, Networks, History (2010), Markets and Market Institutions (2011), The Entrepreneur in History (2016), Multinational Enterprise: Theory and History (2018) and Compassionate Capitalism: Business and Community in Medieval Cambridge (2020). He is consulting editor of Journal of World Business and International Business Review and a member of the editorial advisory boards of the various journals, including Business History, Journal of International Business Studies and Multinational Business Review. 

His hobbies include art, railways and local history. He is a member of the Oxford Historical Society, the Railway and Canal Historical Society, the Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, the Suffolk Records Society and the Pipe Roll Society. He has also served on the Oxford Diocesan Synod of the Church of England.