Philip Jones


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Research interests

Philip Jones has been an academic at Bath for over 40 years and a Professor of Economics at Bath for over 20 years. 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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Research Output

Inconsistencies in the finance of public services: Government responses to excess demand

Abbott, A. & Jones, P., 30 Apr 2019, James M. Buchanan: a Theorist of Political Economy and Social Philosophy. Wagner, R. E. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 205-233 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)

The Cyclicality of Government Foreign-Aid Expenditure: Voter Awareness in “Good” Times and in “Bad”

Abbott, A. & Jones, P., 16 Dec 2019, In : Public Choice. p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Time Preference for Investment in the Environment: The Impact of Intrinsic Motivation

Barile, L., Cullis, J. & Jones, P., 30 Sep 2018, In : Economic Issues. 23, Part 2, p. 31-56 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
19 Downloads (Pure)

Incumbency and distributive politics: intergovernmental transfers in Mexico

Abbott, A., Cabral, R. & Jones, P., 1 Oct 2017, In : Southern Economic Journal. 84, 2, p. 484-503 12226.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    84 Downloads (Pure)

    'Individual failure' and a behavioural Public Sector economics

    Barile, L., Cullis, J. & Jones, P., 30 Nov 2017, The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour (2nd ed.). Lewis, A. (ed.). 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 452-478 (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
    112 Downloads (Pure)


    Corporate Tax Competition for Foreign Direct Investment: A Behavioural Approach

    Author: Pinheiro Alves, R., 1 Jun 2008

    Supervisor: Jones, P. (Supervisor) & Cullis, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Environmental Morale: An Application of Behavioural Economics

    Author: Barile, L., 9 Jan 2014

    Supervisor: Cullis, J. (Supervisor) & Jones, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Social Incidence of Indirect Taxation in Pakistan (1990 – 2001)

    Author: Refaqat, S., 1 Apr 2008

    Supervisor: Jones, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD