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Professor Mark Harris

Professor Mark Harris Professor Mark Harris

BA(Hons)(Sussex) PhD(Monash)

Position Professor
Faculty Curtin Business School (CBS)
School School of Economics and Finance
Department Department of Economics and Property
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 402.606
Phone 08 9266 9692


Mark joined Curtin University in 2011 as a Professor in the Department of Econometrics & Quantitative Modelling and is the acting Head of Research for the School of Economics and Finance. Prior to this, he held teaching and research appointments at Monash University and University of Melbourne.

Mark has made significant contributions to the field of Economics and was nominated by The Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts as 'expert of international standing'. His research and publication interests have been focused on the areas of applied economics and econometrics, in particular dynamic panel data models, and their application, as well as econometrics and applications of limited dependent variable models. Recently Mark has undertaken a significant amount of research into the broad area of Health Economics and trade flows.

Memberships, Awards and Training

ARC Grants

Threshold models in micro-econometrics with applications to empirical models of health

The aim of this project lead by Professor Mark Harris (with Professor David C Harris and Dr Brenda Gannon) is to develop and apply new statistical approaches to endogenously identify non-linear relationships between explanatory variable(s) and the response variable in non-linear econometric models and to illustrate these with applications important to empirical health economics. Literature proliferates in linear models with non-linear effects, but in health economics non-linear models dominate. We will generalise our techniques to allow for various forms of the threshold variable(s), including categorical and continuous, endogenous and exogenous, and those measured with error.

Modelling health: reporting behaviour and misclassification using survey data.

Professor Mark Harris, Dr Pratima P Srivastava, Professor Sarah Brown and Professor William H Greene

Empirical models based on large scale survey data sets are used by health economists to inform policymakers. However, in the case of sensitive topics, a potential for survey misreporting may lead to inaccurate estimates of aberrant behaviours. To date, little work has been done analysing the extent and consequences of inaccurate reporting, especially within health economics. By addressing areas where potential for misinformation is high, the overall quality of results will be enhanced. This research will be submitted to highly ranked health economics and econometrics journals to be made available to relevant policymakers intent on ensuring a healthy society.

Mis-reporting, Adaptation and Anchoring: the Implications for Self Assessed Health

Professor Mark Harris (with Professor Bruce Hollingsworth and Dr Paula Lorgelly, Monash) is co-leading research into self-assessed health status reporting. The project will examine if individuals accurately report or mis-report. This research is valuable for policy, as targeting of scarce resources depends on accurate measures of individual health status.

The Econometrics of Gravity Models of Trade: a Re-Assessment

Professor Mark Harris (with William Green, New York University, Laszlo Matyas Central Budapest University and Laszlo Konya, LaTrobe University) is leading research which applies cutting edge panel data econometric techniques to the popular Gravity model of international trade flows. These more appropriate techniques will shed more light on some previous puzzling findings, such that regional trade agreements had little or, effect on trade.

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Employment History

2006 – 2011  Professor, Department of Econometrics & Quantitative Modelling, Curtin University

2006 – 2011  Associate Professor, Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics, Monash University

2002 – 2005  Senior Lecturer, Department of Econometrics & Business  Statistics, Monash University

1999 - 2001   Senior Research Fellow (Level C), Melbourne Institute of Applied   Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

2000 – 2002  Assistant Professor, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

1996 - 2000   Research Fellow Grade 2 (Level B), Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

1992 – 1996  Assistant Lecturer (Part Time), Dept. of Econometrics, Monash University

1990 – 1992  Forecasting Economist, SEEBOARD plc (Regional Electricity Company), England

1989 – 1990  Forecasting Economist/Head of Forecasting, The Automobile Association, England

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Units taught:

• Introductory Econometrics

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Research Interests

Mark's research and publications have generally been in various areas of applied economics and econometrics. A major area has been in the area of dynamic panel data models, and their application, for example to neoclassical growth models.  Another theme has been in the econometrics and applications of limited dependent variable models.  This includes the use and application of existing models, and the development of new models.  Of late, there has been a growing development of research into the workings of the labour market and health economics.  While most of Mark's research has been in applied microeconomics, he has undertaken work on applied macroeconomic topics, such as growth models and trade flows.

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