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Professor Richard Harris

Professor of Economics

BA, MA, PhD


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Professor of Economics in the Business SchoolMHL 168+44 (0) 191 33 45388

Biography

Before (re)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, Portsmouth and Queen's Belfast in the UK and Waikato in New Zealand. He holds degrees from the Universities of Belfast (Queen's), Lancaster and Kent.

To date (January 2023), he has published some 175 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. He was an inaugural member of the ESRC Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) Project Approvals Panel. Currently, he ia an academic member of the DIT Trade & Economy panel, a Research Affiliate of the New Zealand Productivity Commission, and a member of the Exporting Strategy Working Group for the NE LEP.

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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, Portsmouth and Queen's Belfast in the UK and Waikato in New Zealand. He holds degrees from the Universities of Belfast, (Queen's), Lancaster and Kent.

Research interests

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

Publications

Authored book

  • Harris, R. (1989). The Structure and Growth of the UK Regional Economy, 1963-85. Gower.

Chapter in book

  • 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., 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., 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). 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. (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). Income. In The Northern Ireland Economy: Growth in a Peripheral Region. Harris, R., Jefferson, C.W. & Spencer, J.E. Longmans. 217-251.
  • Harris, R. (1989). Relative Earnings in Northern Ireland, 1972-82. In Northern Ireland: Studies in Social and Economic Life. Jenkins, R. Gower. 126-148.

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. (1984). Regional Policy in Northern Ireland (in: European Community Policy in Northern Ireland - report for EC, Brussels).

Working Paper

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