1. What do consider to be your top achievement in your academic career?

Surviving. It is not easy being an academic. There are a lot of calls on your time and in England you have to be excellent at teaching and as good as possible at research. I have published over a 100 papers and to still be doing so now, is the source of satisfaction. My top papers would be the following in terms of citations:

 

Mosley, P., Hudson, J., & Horrell, S. (1987). Aid, the public sector and the market in less developed countries. The Economic Journal, 97(387), 616-641.

Hudson, J. (1996). Trends in multi-authored papers in economics. The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 10(3), 153-158.

Orviska, M., & Hudson, J. (2003). Tax evasion, civic duty and the law abiding citizen. European Journal of Political Economy, 19(1), 83-102.

Mosley, P., Hudson, J., & Verschoor, A. (2004). Aid, poverty reduction and the ‘new conditionality’. The Economic Journal, 114(496).

Hudson, J. (2006). Institutional trust and subjective well‐being across the EU. Kyklos, 59(1), 43-62.

 

But who knows? In 20 years time, something I have just written may have made an impact. That anticipation is one of the pleasures of being an academic.

 

2. What do you consider as your most important contribution in the area of research curricula at your university in your country?

I have done a lot of work on the way economists work and also how to evaluate research. I have analysed the impact of research, what it means and how to measure it. The paper in The Journal of Economic Perspectives was one of the first to analyse the growth of multiple authorship in academic journal papers. In the 1950s it was rare, in 2017 it is commonplace and in some disciplines there can be well over a 100 authors to a paper. Along with this I have analysed the determinants of citations, the differences in writing styles between different disciplines and how those differences can be used to categorise disciplines and how they impact on citations.

 

3. What is your research focus?

Any areas of economics or indeed social sciences and beyond. But I am an economist and bring the economist’s tool kit to any issue I analyse. Hence over my career I have analysed, inflation, unemployment, bankruptcies, tax evasion, taxation in general, aid to developing countries, political economy, innovation, wellbeing, quantitative easing and fiscal policy.

4. What is the relevance of the REPESEA project to you personally?

It is relevant to the areas of research that I have recently been pursuing. It is also satisfying to be able to help people whether they are young academics just starting out or people from countries without the same depth of research culture as in the UK. But it is always a two way process. In communicating with people you learn from them. Thus it was illuminating at the last REPESEA meeting when the representatives from the South Asian universities described their research cultures and practices, and I thought – yes we can learn from this too.

Interview

prof. John Hudson from University of Bath, UK

prof. John Hudson

Profile

John Hudson is a Professor in Economics. He joined the University of Bath in 1979. Prior to that he was a research assistant and lecturer at Durham and Sheffield Universities respectively and was also completing his Phd thesis at the University of Warwick. This thesis, which was on inflation, was eventually published in a book the American library journal Choice chose as one of its outstanding books of the year.

Research interests

  • Development

  • Bankruptcies

  • Informational asymmetry and signalling

  • Taxation

  • Standards

  • Law abidance

  • Macroeconomics

  • Altruism

  • Transition economies

  • Political economics interface

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