Judit Kalman joined HAS CERS Institute of Economics in April 2009 as research fellow. Her primary research interests are in political economy, public finance, public policy evaluation, multi-level governance and welfare state. She is interested in applying these to several policy fields, social and spatial inequalities, labour market issues, development policy, EU cohesion policy – especially from an institutional perspective. Recently she is involved in well-being research – both macro (measurement of development beyond GDP) and micro level (externally funded projects on subjective wellbeing of the youth and on gender differences in SWB across different European welfare regimes). She has been teaching courses on her own and in collaboration at various Hungarian universities (ELTE, BME, Szechenyi Uni.), currently she teaches at Budapest Corvinus University, Department of Comparative and Institutional Economics.
Judit received her PhD in Political Science from the Central European University (Political Economy and Public Policy tracks) with Summa Cum Laude in 2008. Her dissertation was titled: Some Political Economy Insights to Multi-Level Government Financing Mechanisms in Hungary – Analysis of political budget cycles and partisanship in municipal investment activities and central grant distribution. Earlier she studied Public Administration at the Maxwell School in Syracuse, NY, USA in 1999/2000, and received her MA Economics degree from Budapest Corvinus University in 1995. Apart from academic and research activities Judit has been working for over 10 years as consultant or trainer on public finance, regional development and subnational financial management issues, in several USAID or World Bank technical assistance projects in Hungary and internationally. She was involved in several different types of policy related activities, such as evaluating a development program towards the most backward micro-regions, analyzing the intergovernmental transfer system in Hungary, designing and teaching a training program for municipal finance officers, evaluating 10 years of fiscal decentralization reforms overall in Hungary or surveying local governance practices etc. She is an evaluator for H2020 program calls for the European Research Executive Agency in Brussels and the COST program.