Thomas Harris

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Tom Harris, PhD

Professor - State Specialist

Department of Center for Resource Economics
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 30
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 784-1681
Lab: 784-6499

Fax: 327-2225

Building: Ansari Business,  Office 512A
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Arlington High School in Texas, 1966
University of Texas at Arlington, BBA, Economics & Finance, 1970
Texas Tech University, MS, Agricultural Economics, 1972
Oklahoma State University, PhD, Agricultural Economics, 1981


  • APEC 310 - Economics of Resource Allocation
  • APEC 322 - Commodity and Futures Market
  • APEC 463/663 - Discrete Systems Simulation
  • APEC 468/668 - Economic and Fiscal Impact Modeling
  • APEC 472/672 - Regional Economic Analysis
  • APEC 750 - Quantitative Methods in Resource and Applied Economics


Harris, T. R., Mukhopadhyay, S., Wiseman, N. 2017, An Application of Difference-in-Difference-Difference Model Effects of Prevailing Wage Legislation in Mountain States of the United States, Public Works Management and Policy, Vol 22, Issue 2, 2017
Richardson, J., B. Herbst, T. Harris, and M. Helmar. 2014, Economic Analysis of Management Options Following a Range Fire in Elko County., Western Agricultural Economics Association Western Forum, 12(2): 12-19.
Kim, M.-K., Harris, T. R., Vusovic, S 2010, Efficiency Analysis of the United States Biotechnology Industry: Clustering Enhances Productivity, The Journal of Agrobiotechnology Management and Economics, 12(vol 3 and 4), 422-436

This paper attempts to identify the factors affecting location of biotechnology firms in the United States.  To achieve this goal, the regional efficiency in the biotech industry is measured using the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA); and the causal structure of the regional biotech industry performance and a set of other locational variables is investigated using the Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG).  Clustering the biotech industry directly enhances the regional industry efficiency, and the high-tech infrastructure and regional income directly affect the clustering the biotech industry.

Curtis, K. R., Cowee, M., Kim, M.-K., Harris, T. R. 2010, Evaluating Returns to Cool Seasin Quality Characteristics for Niche Equine Feed Markets., Journal of Agribusiness, 28(1), 1-18

The study examines the impacts of cool season grass quality characteristics on pricing and net returns in niche equine feed markets.

Hu, W., Cox, L., Harris, T. R., Wright, J. 2010, Understanding Firm’s Relocation Decisions Using Self-Reported Factor Importance Rating., The Review of Regional Studies, 38, 67-88.
Harris, T. R. 2008, Development and Initial Application of an Integrated Linear Programming/Social Accounting Model: Rangeland Livestock Application, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 2nd ed., vol. 40, pp. 727-728)
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Harris, T. R., Davis, R. L. 2010, Estimating Supply and Demand in Your Local Housing Market: A Housing Gap Analysis., University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Colton, B., Harris, T. R., Whitacre, B. 2010, High-Speed Telecommunications Infrastructure Growth and Market Penetration throughout Nevada and the Nation., University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Yolyan, R., Fadali, E., Harris, T. R. 2010, Beaverhead, Madison, Granite, and Powell Counties, Montana: Economic description., The University Center Technical Bulletin is part of a Community Business Matching Model analysis in the State of Montana.
Stewart, D., Harris, T. R. 2010, Nevada Horse Park: Analysis of the Economic Impacts to Douglas County., Douglas County

Estimated to potential economic and fiscal impacts to Douglas County from the building and operation of the proposed Nevada Horse Park.

Landis, M., Harris, T. R. 2010, The Impact of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, reno on the Economy of the State of Nevada., University of Nevada, Reno

Estimated the economic, employemnt, and household income impacts of expenditures by the UNR College of Engineering on the state of Nevada economy.

Technical Publication
Harris, T. 2016, The Economic Impacts of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on the Nevada County, California Economy., University Center for Economic Development Technical Report 2015/16-14
Richardson, J., B. Herbst, and T. Harris. 2014, Economic Analysis of Management Options Following a Closure of BLM Rangeland Options due to Sage Grouse Population in Elko County., University Center for Economic Development, University of Nevada, Reno, University Center for Economic Development Technical Report, UCED 2013-14-15.
Harris, T. R., Borden, G. 2014, Economic, Employment, and Labor Income Impacts of U.S. Ecology, Nevada Inc. on the Economy of the State of Nevada, UCED 2013/14-08. University Center for Economic Development
M. Mahmoudi, M. Landis, E. Fadali, T. Harris 2013, Nevada Trich Survey Results: Do you know where your cattle are tonight?, University of Nevada, Center for Economic Development
Book or Chapter(s) in Books
Harris, T. R., Deller, S., Goetz, S. 2014, Linkages of the Agricultural Sector Models and Precautions., In Neal van Alfen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 4. (pp. 148-155). Elsevier Inc..