Philip Jones


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Research interests

Philip Jones is an Emeritus Professor of Economics.  He has been an academic at the University of Bath since 1978.  He was awarded a Personal Chair in 1998.

Philip has made a distinguished contribution to the life of the university by the research he has published. He has published in most of the leading economic journals (e.g. American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Public Choice, Journal of Economic Organisation and Behavior, Kyklos, Southern Economic Journal, Economics Letters). He has also published in leading politics journals (e.g. British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution) and in leading social policy journals (e.g. Journal of Social Policy).

The quality of his research has been recognised in the rankings of these journals and in the prizes that he has won.  In 1996 he was awarded the ‘Founders’ Prize’ by the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics for the paper (co-authored with J. G. Cullis and A. Lewis) that he presented at the Seventh International Conference on Social Economics, Washington DC., April 1995. In 2005 he was awarded the ‘Harrison Prize’ by the UK Political Studies Association for a sole-authored paper published in Political Studies.  The prize was awarded after assessment by an international jury.

In 2003 Philip was invited to join a distinguished panel of experts to undertake research for the United Nations on global public goods. The panel’s research was published in The New Public Finance: Responding to Global Challenges, Oxford University Press, 2006. This book received acclaim (including a very favourable review by Gordon Brown, as Chancellor of the Exchequer).

As a member of staff at Bath, Philip has served on a number of editorial boards, e.g. the Journal of Economic Psychology (currently edited at the University of Vienna]; Public Finance and Public Choice (currently edited at the University of Rome).

One of the books that Philip has published is a textbook (co-authored with John Cullis), Public Finance and Public Choice (Oxford University Press, 2009). This book is now in its third edition. The first edition was published in 1992. Since 1992 the book has been widely recommended in this country and throughout the world (for courses in Public Finance; Public Choice and Public Economics).

Teaching interests

Philip has taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate course units (e.g. the economics of taxation, public expenditure and public choice, international trade, international taxation) and at Bath University he has supervised PhD research in these areas

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Public Expenditure
  • Taxation
  • Public Choice

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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