Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist
Chapter 11: Spanning Spring to Autumn: Consultancy Work
Throughout my academic life, I have always managed to combine my scholarly research and teaching with a variety of consultancy assignments. The only rule I set myself (and indeed my colleagues at Reading) is that whatever I did, it should complement and, if possible, enrich my academic work. Over the past four decades I (or they) have strictly adhered to this principle. Inter alia, this is reﬂected in my (or their) publications. While much of my consultancy work, and particularly that undertaken for the Economists Advisory Group (EAG) and the United Nations (UN) (which I shall describe later in this chapter) was either not published or did not appear under my name, some of it, or a spillover from it, did. Looking through my list of publications since the 1960s I would estimate that a third of my monographs, and a ﬁfth of all my articles and chapters in books, were directly or indirectly the outcome of my consultancy assignments. I do not have the space, nor do I think it would be of great interest to my readers, to detail fully my career or experiences as a consultant. Suﬃce it to say, that over the past four decades most of the projects in which I have been involved were commissioned by local authorities, national governments and supranational entities. Not being a product of, or employed by, a business school (my appointment at Rutgers University was an exception) I have never developed close ties with particular business enterprises.1...
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