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Professor Richard Harris

Deputy Executive Dean (Research), Professor of Economics

BA, MA, PhD


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Deputy Executive Dean (Research), Professor of Economics in the Business SchoolMHL 168+44 (0) 191 33 45388

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 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

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.

Journal Article

Working Paper

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