Mark Harrison holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and an economics degree (First Class Honours) from the Australian National University. Mark has over 35 years experience in undertaking applied economic research and providing policy advice as a public servant, academic and consultant
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University of Chicago
Mark Harrison holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and an economics degree (First Class Honours) from the Australian National University.
Mark has over 35 years experience in undertaking applied economic research and providing policy advice as a public servant, academic and consultant. He has taught economics for over fifteen years at the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Chicago. From 1990 to 1999 he was a lecturer in the Department of Economics, The Faculties, ANU. Since then he has been an independent economic consultant. He has been a visiting researcher at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU, the George Stigler Centre for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago and the Productivity Commission and Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Australian Government and worked as a Director for Deloitte, helping set up a new economics branch in Canberra. From 2011 to 2014 he was a Senior Research Fellow (50% appointment) at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong doing policy relevant economic research on infrastructure. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in law and economics, cost benefit analysis and microeconomics at the Department of Economics, ANU (since 2009).
Doctor of Philosophy Department of Economics, University of Chicago, conferred 1992. Thesis Committee: Gary Becker, Sherwin Rosen and Robert Willis. Teaching Assistant for Gary Becker. Prelim exams in Industrial Organisation and Labour Economics.
Master of Arts, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, conferred 1987.
Bachelor of Economics (1st Class Honours) Australian National University, conferred 1983. Also studied law.
Consulting experience Consulting experience in competition, regulatory and taxation policy, cost benefit analysis and education – including telecommunication regulation, merger and acquisitions review, regulatory asset base valuation, intellectual property (dealing with internet piracy), national access regimes, road pricing, the regulatory asset base, tobacco regulation and taxation, land tax, and shopping hours deregulation. Clients served include Telstra, Infrastructure Australia, National Australia Bank, Freehills, IPART, BHP-Billiton, AGL, Google, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Minerals Council of Australia, Department of Education Employment, and Workplace Relations, Defence Materiel Organisation, the ACT Auditor-General’s Office, New Zealand Business Roundtable, Higher Education Sub committee of the Industry Taskforce on Leadership and Management Skills (Karpin Committee), Oman Ministry of Higher Education, Oman Council of Higher Education, Tourism ACT, ACT Corrective Services, New Zealand Treasury, New Zealand Education Forum, Philip Morris International, ABARE, Freightcorp, New Zealand Ministry of Education, and the Review of Higher Education Financing and Policy (the West Review) , AUSAID, ACT Liberal Party, the Royal Australian Mint and the Asian Development Bank.