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Professor Richard Harris, BA, MA, PhD

Deputy Dean (Research), Professor of Economics in the Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45388
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 45201
Room number: MHL 168

Contact Professor Richard Harris (email at r.i.d.harris@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Before joining Durham University Business School in September 2012, Richard held the positions of Alec Cairncross Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at Glasgow University. He previously worked at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Portsmouth in the UK and Waikato in New Zealand. He holds degrees from the Universities of Belfast, Lancaster and Kent.

To date (August 2016), he has published some 151 journal articles, book chapters, and books. He has undertaken a significant amount of public policy research, including extensive work for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) involving acting as an External Advisor on Trade Development Activities and the Asia Task Force project. In 2012-13 he was a member of the BIS/Foresight Lead Expert Group that reported in October 2013 on ‘The Future of Manufacturing in the UK’; and a Special Advisor to the UK Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. Currently he is a member of the ESRC Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) Project Approvals Panel.

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Before joining Durham University Business School in September 2012, Richard held the positions of Alec Cairncross Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at Glasgow University. He previously worked at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Portsmouth in the UK and Waikato in New Zealand. He holds degrees from the Universities of Belfast, Lancaster and Kent.

Research Groups

Business School

Research Interests

  • Micro-analysis of firm/plant level productivity in the UK using panel data
  • Differences in (UK) regional performance
  • Evaluation of government industrial policy
  • Relative performance of UK SMEs
  • Evaluation methodology for impact of government assistance on TFP
  • Relative performance of family-owned SMEs

Publications

Authored book

  • Harris, R. & Sollis, R. (2003). Applied Time Series Modelling and Forecasting. Chichester: John Wiley.
  • Harris, R. (1995). Using Cointegration Analysis in Econometric Modelling. Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf.
  • Harris, R. & Daldy, B. (1994). Labour Market Adjustment in New Zealand. Avebury.
  • Harris, R. (1991). Harris, Richard Regional Economic Policy in Northern Ireland 1945-1988. Avebury.
  • Harris, R. (1989). The Structure and Growth of the UK Regional Economy, 1963-85. Gower.

Chapter in book

  • Harris, R., Siegel, D. & Wright, M. (2008). Assessing the Impact of Management Buyouts on Economic Efficiency: Plant-Level Evidence from the United Kingdom. In Private Equity and management Buy-outs. Wright, M. & Bruining, H. Edward Elgar. 293-305.
  • Harris, R. & Reid, R. (2008). Barriers to Growth in Family-owned Smaller Businesses. In International Handbook of Entrepreneurship and HRM. Barrett, R. & Mayson, S. Edward Elgar. 260-284.
  • Harris, R., Chapple, S. & Silverstone, B. (1996). Unemployment. In A Study of Economic Reform: The Case of New Zealand. Silverstone, B., Bollard, A. & Lattimore, R. Amsterdam: North Holland. 139-172.
  • Harris, R. (1993). Interrelated Demand for the Factors of Production in the UK Engineering Industry, 1968-81. In Dynamic Labor Demand and Adjustment Costs. Galeazzi, G. & Hamermesh, D. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Harris, R. (1993). Retreat From Policy: The Rationale and Effectiveness of Automatic Capital Grants. In Spatial Policy in a Divided Nation. Harrison, R.T. & Hart, M. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 64-84.
  • Harris, R. & Beaumont, P.B. (1990). Collective Bargaining and Relative Wages. In A Portrait of Pay, 1970-1982: An Analysis of the New Earnings Survey. Gregory, M.B. & Thomson, A.W.J. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Harris, R. (1990). Income. In The Northern Ireland Economy: Growth in a Peripheral Region. Harris, R., Jefferson, C.W. & Spencer, J.E. Longmans. 217-251.
  • Harris, R. (1990). Manufacturing Industry. In The Northern Ireland Economy: Growth in a Peripheral Region. Harris, R., Jefferson, C.W. & Spencer, J.E. Longmand. 48-78.
  • Harris, R. (1990). Regional Earnings Differentials. In A Portrait of Pay, 1970-1982: An Analysis of the New Earnings Survey. Gregory, M.B. & Thomson, A.W.J. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 238-273.
  • Harris, R. (1989). Relative Earnings in Northern Ireland, 1972-82. In Northern Ireland: Studies in Social and Economic Life. Jenkins, R. Gower. 126-148.
  • Harris, R. & Taylor, J. (1987). Trends-Through-Peaks Methods of Estimating Capacity Utilization. In Working Below Capacity. Bosworth, D.L. & Heathfield, D.F. London: Macmillan.

Edited book

  • Harris, R., Jefferson, C.W. & Spencer, J.E. (1990). The Northern Ireland Economy: Growth in a Peripheral Region. Longmans.

Journal Article

Report

  • Harris, R. (1999). Incidence of Imperfect Competition in UK Sectors and Regions. Reports to The Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment. Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions.
  • Harris, R. (1988). Regional Policy in Northern Ireland (in: European Community Policy in Northern Ireland - report for EC, Brussels).
  • Harris, R. (1984). Regional Policy in Northern Ireland (in: European Community Policy in Northern Ireland - report for EC, Brussels).
  • Harris, R. (1984). The Impact of EC Membership on Environmental Issues in Northern Ireland (in: European Community Policy in Northern Ireland - report for EC, Brussels).

Working Paper

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