Subject Areas: Economic Education, Information Technology, State and Local Public Finance
Professor Harmon is associate professor of economics at the University since 1994. He offered the first course of Principles of Economics in online format at the University in 2004. He was appointed as a Service Learning Fellow of the Uconn Institute of Teaching and Learning in 2015. He serves as Treasurer for the Uconn Chapter of the American Association of University of Professors.
He publishes articles in academic journals on the subject of economic education and state and local tax analysis. He developed tax-revenue estimating software (TAM) for the Office of Policy and Management in the Executive Office of the Governor of Connecticut. He has consulted for the Connecticut and New York Legislatures, serves as an expert witness, and consults on the design of online courses. He was a recipient of the Grillo Teaching Award 2012, the Chancellor’s Information Technology Award 2000 and was awarded a Large-Impact Grant from the Institute of Teaching and Learning.
Ph.D., Economics, Rutgers University
M.A., Economics, Rutgers University
B.A. Economics, Clark University
Honors and Appointments:
— 2015 Service Learning Fellow, Uconn Institute of Teaching and Learning
— 2012 Grillo Family Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
— 2000 UConn Chancellor’s Information Technology Award
— 1998 Neato.com CD Design Award
— 1979 Dissertation Research Award, Rutgers University
— 1975 University Scholar, New York University
— Sports Economics
— Information Technology for Economics
— Public Finance
— Contemporary Problems in Economics
— Principles of Economics (Intensive) Online
— Principles of Microeconomics Online
— Principles of Macroeconomics Online
— Empirical Methods in Economics I
Research Interests: State and Local Taxation, Online Instruction
“A Randomized Assessment of Online Learning”, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings (2016) 106(5), 378-302 (with W. Alpert; K. Couch)
“Are Online Exams an Invitation to Cheat?,” The Journal of Economic Education (2008) 39(2) (with J. Lambrinos).
“AMT: How and Why to Reform,” Tax Notes (2001) 91(4), 667-671.
“The Optimal State Tax Portfolio Modei: An Extension” National Tax Journal (1994), 47, 2, 395-402: (with R. Mallick).
“A New View of the Incidence of the Property Tax,” Public Finance Review (1989) 17(3), 323-348.
“The Income Elasticity of Demand for Single-Family Owner-Occupied Housing: An Empirical Reconciliation,” Journal of Urban Economics (1988) 24(2), 173-185.