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Harry Paarsch

University of Melbourne
5/12/14 5/16/14
Harry J. Paarsch was born in Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada, and grew up in British Columbia, first in the village of Clinton, in the Cariboo region, which is located in the southern interior of the province, and then in the village of Qualicum Beach, on Vancouver Island.  After attending grade schools in Dog Creek as well as Clinton, he then attended high schools in Clinton as well as Qualicum Beach, but graduated in 1976 with honours from Brentwood College School in Mill Bay.
 
Subsequently, he earned the degree B.A. (Honours), First Class, in economics from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1980 as well as the degrees M.S. in statistics in 1983 and PhD in economics with a minor in statistics in 1987, both from Stanford University near Palo Alto, California.
 
He has held full-time appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario, as well as the University of Iowa and the University of Melbourne, and has been a visiting professor at Aarhus Universitet, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Helsingin yliopisto, the University of New South Wales, and Stanford University. 

Paarsch held the Arch W. Shaw National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, which is located on the campus of Stanford University, and has been a visiting scholar at the Institut d'Economie Industrielle in Toulouse, France; the Instituto de Anàlisis Econòmico (CSIS) in Bellaterra, Spain; the Center for Economic Institutions at the Institute of Economic Research of Hitotsubashi University in Kunitachi, Japan; and the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Torino, Italy.

Between 1987 and 2011, his primary research interests were in applied econometrics, particularly as applied to forestry economics and, specifically, the use of auctions to sell timber as well as to procure treeplanting services. In fact, his interest in auctions grew out of his policy work concerning British Columbia forestry. 
 
He has published journal articles in both applied and theoretical econometrics as well as industrial organization, labour economics, and personnel economics.  With Han Hong, he has written a book, published by the MIT Press, concerning the structural econometric analysis of field data concerning auctions.