Philip Booth

Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics, St. Mary's University, Twickenham and Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of Notre Dame Australia


  • Biography

    Philip Booth Director of Catholic Mission and Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is also Director of the Vinson Centre for the Public Understanding of Economics at the University of Buckingham and Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. From 2002-2015 he was Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School. Philip Booth previously worked for the Bank of England as a financial stability advisor and was also Associate Dean of Cass Business School. He also held various academic positions at City University, worked in the investment department of Axa Equity and Law and was involved in various initiatives to establish the actuarial professions in Central and Eastern Europe.

    Philip Booth has published widely, including books on investment, finance, social security, and pension systems, as well as the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. He is on the advisory board of a number of think tanks. Philip edits the Catholic social thought blog at: Home - Catholic Social Thought

  • Teaching areas

    Catholic social teaching economics, public finance, investment

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    The relationship between Catholic social thought and economics and public policy; social insurance; public finance and the tax system

  • Books

    • 2014 Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy, St. Pauls Publishing, London ISBN 978-0854398379
    • 2010 Christian Perspectives on the Financial Crhash, St. Pauls Publishing, London ISBN  978-0854397679
    • 2016 Dottrina sociale cattolica ed economia di mercato (Catholic social teaching and the market economy - Italian edition). liberlibri, Milano, Italia. ISBN 978-88-98094-29-5
    • 2016 In Focus - the case for privatising the BBC. Hobart Paberback (182). Institute of Economic Affairs, London. ISBN 978-0-255-36726-4
    • 2015 Federal Britain - the case for decentralisation. Readings in Political Economy (3). Institute of Economic Affairs/LPP, London. ISBN 978-0255367134
    • 2005 Modern Actuarial Theory and Practice, Routledge ISBN 9781584883685
    • 2003 Investment Mathematics, Wiley ISBN: 978-0-470-85918-6
  • Book Chapters

    • Booth, Philip Mark (2121) A Catholic understanding of economics - economics without boundaries. In: Franchi, Leonardo; Convery, Ronnie and Valero, Jack, (eds.) Reclaiming the Piazza III: Communicating Catholic culture. Gracewing, UK, pp. 145-174. ISBN 9780852449523
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2021) Attacks on freedom to speak and pray. In: Shackleton, J R, (ed.) Having your say: threats to free speech in the 21st century. Institute of Economic Affairs, London, UK, pp. 157-179. ISBN 9780255368018
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2021) Subsidiarity and the Role of Regulation in the Financial Sector. In: Crane, Daniel and Gregg, Samuel, (eds.) Christianity and Market Regulation: an introduction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 136-159. ISBN 9781108860932

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  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • Booth, Philip Mark (2020) Whither Global Governance? Pastoral Review, 17 (1).
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2020) The Future of Public Service Broadcasting and the Funding and Ownership of the BBC. Economic Affairs, 40 (3).
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2020) Ethics in Economics: Lessons and Themes for Further Development from Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones. Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 17 (2). pp. 325-345. ISSN 1548-0712 DOI:
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2020) Should the Universal Church support a universal basic income? Pastoral Review, 16 (4). (In Press)
    • Booth, Philip Mark and Petersen, Matias (2020) Catholic social teaching and Hayek’s critique of social justice. Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 23 (1). ISSN 1091-6687 DOI:
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2017) Property Rights and Conservation - the missing theme of Laudato si'. Independent Review, 21 (3). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1086 1653

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  • Conference Papers

    • Booth, Philip Mark (2020) Submission to APPG inquiry into the role of the UK parliament in the future regulatory framework for financial services.

      Booth, Philip Mark (2020) Evidence to Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Broadcasting held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, House of Commons Select Committee.
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2019) Submission to House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, inquiry into “Public service broadcasting in the age of video on demand”
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2020) Tax after coronavirus – evidence to Treasury Select Committee inquiry. In: Treasury Select Committee Inquiry, Oral Evidence presented 1/9/2020, .
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2019) The scourge of housing costs – causes and solutions. In: The scourge of housing costs – causes and solutions, 23rd January 2019, Palace of Westminster.
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2018) Ethics and the financial system – extending the themes of the Vatican’s 2018 letter, and lessons for educators and professional development. In: Centesimus Annus Foundation Dublin Process, 31st January 2019, Notre Dame, London.
    • Booth, Philip Mark (2018) Regulation as a product of entrepreneurship. In: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Gran Canaria.
    • Booth, Philip Mark and Petersen, Matias (2018) Social justice, the role of business and the common good. In: Building Institutions for the Common Good - The Purpose and Practice of Business in an Inclusive Economy June 21-23, 2018 Schulze Hall, University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus, 21st-23rd June, USA.
  • In the Media

    Comments regularly in the media and writes for, for example, The Daily Telegraph. Also appears regularly on broadcast media, for example on Radio 4's Moral Maze:

  • Professional Affiliations

    Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries; Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

  • Community Engagement

    Former school governor, secretary of local Catholic scout group