Thomas Harris

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Thomas Harris

Professor, State Specialist

Education

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

Programs

Thomas Harris speaking to group of Nevada Economic Assessment Project Stakeholders at an update meeting

Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP)

The Nevada Economic Assessment Project focuses on providing Nevada’s counties, state and federal agencies, and their partners with quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analyses to better understand the counties’ demographic, social, economic, fiscal and environmental characteristics, trends and impacts. The data can be used for land use and project planning, grant writing and overall policy assessment.

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Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Elko County

NEAP's quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analysis for Elko County

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Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Esmeralda County

NEAP's quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analysis for Esmeralda County

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Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Humboldt County

NEAP's quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analysis for Humboldt County

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Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Lincoln County

NEAP aims to provide county, state and federal agencies, with quantitative and qualitative baseline data for Lincoln County

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Nevada Economic Assessment Project (NEAP) - Nye County

NEAP's quantitative and qualitative baseline data and analysis for Nye County

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Small Business development in rural Nevada

Extension offered business planning classes to existing and potential small-scale entrepreneurs through a series of interactive video and face-to-face classes.

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University Center for Economic Development

Sam Cordes, Emeritus Professor from Purdue University, presented his keys to future success for rural development at the Building a Stronger Nevada Economic development Workshop. Tom Harris discusses these keys to rural economic development with Sam Cordes in the accompanying podcast. You can make comments on this podcast in the comment section if you like.

Courses

  • 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

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Book Chapter(s)
Linkages of the Agricultural Sector Models and Precautions. Harris, T. R., Deller, S., Goetz, S. 2014, In Neal van Alfen (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 4. (pp. 148-155). Elsevier Inc..
Bulletins
The Impact of the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, reno on the Economy of the State of Nevada.

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


Landis, M., Harris, T. R. 2010, University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada Horse Park: Analysis of the Economic Impacts to Douglas County.

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


Stewart, D., Harris, T. R. 2010, Douglas County
Beaverhead, Madison, Granite, and Powell Counties, Montana: Economic description. Yolyan, R., Fadali, E., Harris, T. R. 2010, The University Center Technical Bulletin is part of a Community Business Matching Model analysis in the State of Montana.
Fact Sheets
High-Speed Telecommunications Infrastructure Growth and Market Penetration throughout Nevada and the Nation. Colton, B., Harris, T. R., Whitacre, B. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Estimating Supply and Demand in Your Local Housing Market: A Housing Gap Analysis. Harris, T. R., Davis, R. L. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Consumer Preferences for Meat Attributes
Recent food industry trends have presented consumers with the opportunity to demand more from the products they purchase. In the market for food products, this means that consumers are able to purchase products that do more than serve their basic need for nutrition.
Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Harris, T., and Lewis, S. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Livestock Producer Interest in Local Processing
A mail survey of agricultural producers was conducted during autumn 2005 to assess producer interest in a potential livestock slaughter and/or processing facility in Northern Nevada. One hundred fifty-three surveys were returned, representing nearly 70 percent of total livestock producers in Northern Nevada.
Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Lewis, S., Harris, T. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Potential for Agritourism in Nevada
Agritourism can be roughly defined as rural enterprises which both produce agricultural commodities and serve tourists. Agritourism may hold considerable economic potential for agricultural enterprises in Nevada, as well as for rural county economies in general.
Curtis, K., Fadali E., and Harris, T. 2007, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Factors Affecting Agritourism Potential in Rural Nevada
Agritourism is a fast growing sector of the tourism industry. Agritourism may hold considerable economic potential for agricultural enterprises in Nevada as well as for rural county economies in general. Agritourism is a niche sector of the larger tourism industry in Nevada.
Curtis, K., Fadali, E., and Harris, T. 2007, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Incubators as a Potential Local Economic Development Tool
A small business incubator is a facility that offers adaptable space and support services at a discounted rate. Incubator support services include office space, financial assistance, and management training.
Dick, R., Harris, T., and Wright, J. 2006, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Informational Publications
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Social, Economic and Fiscal Impact Assessment for New Lithium Operations in Humboldt County, Nevada
The purpose of this report is to estimate the economic, fiscal and community impacts from the construction and operation of a new lithium mine, lithium processing plant, and sulfuric acid manufacturing plant in Humboldt County, Nevada.
B. Borden, T. Harris, J. Lednicky, L. Thomas 2018, Center for Economic Development, University of Nevada, Reno
Journals
Incorporating Risk in Analysis of Tax Policies for Solar Power Investments. Harris, T. R. 2017, International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 7(6), 112-118.
An Application of Difference-in-Difference-Difference Model Effects of Prevailing Wage Legislation in Mountain States of the United States Harris, T. R., Mukhopadhyay, S., Wiseman, N. 2017, Public Works Management and Policy, Vol 22, Issue 2, 2017
An Application of Difference-in-Difference-in-Difference Model: Effects of Prevailing Wage Legislation in Mountain States of the U. S. Harris, T. R., Mukhopadhyay, S., Wiseman, N. 2017, Public Works Management and Policy, 22(2), 165-178.
Economic Analysis of Management Options Following a Range Fire in Elko County. Richardson, J., B. Herbst, T. Harris, and M. Helmar. 2014, Western Agricultural Economics Association Western Forum, 12(2): 12-19.
Evaluating Returns to Cool Seasin Quality Characteristics for Niche Equine Feed Markets.

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


Curtis, K. R., Cowee, M., Kim, M.-K., Harris, T. R. 2010, Journal of Agribusiness, 28(1), 1-18
Understanding Firm’s Relocation Decisions Using Self-Reported Factor Importance Rating. Hu, W., Cox, L., Harris, T. R., Wright, J. 2010, The Review of Regional Studies, 38, 67-88.
Efficiency Analysis of the United States Biotechnology Industry: Clustering Enhances Productivity

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.


Kim, M.-K., Harris, T. R., Vusovic, S 2010, The Journal of Agrobiotechnology Management and Economics, 12(vol 3 and 4), 422-436
Development and Initial Application of an Integrated Linear Programming/Social Accounting Model: Rangeland Livestock Application Harris, T. R. 2008, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 2nd ed., vol. 40, pp. 727-728)
Special Publications
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Mountain Biking and Other Outdoor Tourism Economic Assessment, Impact, and Opportunities for Caliente and Lincoln County, Nevada
BLM and Nevada State Parks approved the development of approximately 50 miles of new mountain bike trails that should significantly increase outdoor recreational visitors to Lincoln County. This report explores the impacts to Lincoln County.
B. Borden, H. Gatzke, B. Bonnenfant, T. Harris 2019, University Center for Economic Development at University of Nevada, Reno
Mobile Slaughter Potential for Nevada, 2011
In 2005, a group of livestock producers requested a feasibility study to assess the potential of a producer-owned entity to slaughter, process, and market local grass-fed meats in Nevada. Specifically, the study sought to assess the economic feasibility of a mobile slaughter unit to be operated in northern Nevada.
Cowee, M. and Harris, T. 2011, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, SP-12-01
Financial Potential for Livestock Slaughter and Processing in Nevada
This publication presents a brief overview of the financial information generated from the study. This section of the study addresses financial analyses and recommendations for an optimal solution to slaughtering and processing animals.
Cowee, M., Curtis, K., Harris, T., and Lewis, S. 2008, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Importance & Use of Enterprise Budgets in Agricultural Operations
Of the four types of budgets, whole-farm, partial, enterprise, and cash flow, the enterprise budget provides the best means to evaluate the potential profitability for a given enterprise or farm income source.
Curtis, K., Harris, T., and Riggs, W. 2005, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Technical Publication
The Economic Impacts of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on the Nevada County, California Economy. Harris, T. 2016, University Center for Economic Development Technical Report 2015/16-14
Economic, Employment, and Labor Income Impacts of U.S. Ecology, Nevada Inc. on the Economy of the State of Nevada Harris, T. R., Borden, G. 2014, UCED 2013/14-08. University Center for Economic Development
Economic Analysis of Management Options Following a Closure of BLM Rangeland Options due to Sage Grouse Population in Elko County. Richardson, J., B. Herbst, and T. Harris. 2014, University Center for Economic Development, University of Nevada, Reno, University Center for Economic Development Technical Report, UCED 2013-14-15.
Nevada Trich Survey Results: Do you know where your cattle are tonight? M. Mahmoudi, M. Landis, E. Fadali, T. Harris 2013, University of Nevada, Center for Economic Development