Professor Don Harding has received an accolade for having the most citations for economics in Australia

Professor Don Harding has received an accolade for having the most citations for economics in Australia

03 Apr 2008

Professor Don Harding of the Economics Department has been awarded one of the prestigious Thompson Scientific Citation Awards for 2008.

Presented at the National Press Club in Canberra on April 3, the accolade places Professor Harding in the top ten cited researchers in Australia. Of his 5 research papers, he was cited 64 times, with 12.8 citations per paper, making him the leader in his field of economics.

"I am absolutely delighted with award," Prof. Harding said. "It really reflects the strength of the Economics Department, which wouldn't be possible with out the continued support from La Trobe University."

Professor Harding also acknowledged the contribution that his PHD Supervisor, Professor Adrian Pagan from Queensland University of Technology has had in his achievement.

Professor Harding is the highly respected co-creator of a widely used and accurate monthly measure of Australian inflation, and he lists macroeconomics, econometrics and the business cycle as some of research interests.

Selection of the Thompson Scientific Research Award recipient, is based on the citation statistics which reflect the level of impact and influence the research has in the subject.

According to Thompson Scientific data, in 2007 Australia ranked among the top ten nations for the influence of its scientific papers.

The Thompson Scientific Award is presented annually and is part of a series of Asia Pacific Research Days, aimed at recognising research excellence in countries and regions that demonstrate that they are leading the world through innovation in their respective fields. The award broadly reflects Australia's overall influence on international science research.

Professor Harding joined La Trobe earlier this year and continues the trend of exceptional appointments to the Economics Department. The University is committed to growing its research strengths in economics and has an internationally renowned group of active research staff.

The group actively seeks to disseminate its research in leading international publications and all members of the group also teach within the Department of Economics and Finance, an academic unit founded as the Department of Economics at La Trobe in 1967.

In the 40 years since its foundation, research outcomes, especially in the areas of policy, economic modelling, development, and agricultural and resource economics, have gained international prominence and built a strong reputation for the University. For example, the ORANI model, the first Computable General Equilibrium model of an entire economy with direct policy applications, was developed in the Department.

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