Professor Colm Harmon

Vice Principal (Students) and Professor of Applied Economics


Colm Harmon is Vice Principal and Professor of Applied Economics at University of Edinburgh. He received his BA and MA in Economics from University College Dublin, and his PhD from the University of Keele in 1997.  Prior to Edinburgh he was Professor and Vice Provost at the University of Sydney, and Professor of Economics at University College Dublin. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University, University College London, Australian National University, University of Chicago, and the University of Warwick. 

He has, together with colleagues, published papers in the American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Economica, Economic and Social Review, European Economic Review, Fiscal Studies, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Health Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Labour Economics amongst others, and has made a number of policy related contributions locally and internationally. He is a co-Editor of Economics of Education Review.  He joined IZA as a research fellow in November 2000


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Research summary

Colm is an applied economist with interests in the broad field of the economics of education and applied labour economics.    His research has focused on topics such as the economic returns to education, intergenerational models of educational attainment, and topics such as the long term impact of bullying or language skills on labour market outcomes.

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