Background: Professor Harmon is associate professor
of economics at the University since 1994. He teaches economics courses in online format since 2004 and in 2015 became a Service Learning Fellow at the Instutute of Teaching and Learning at the University . 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, served as an expert
witness and consults on the design of online/blended 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.
Syllabus for Econ 1200
Syllabus for Econ 1201
Syllabus for Econ 1202
Syllabus for Econ 2327
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Activities at Uconn
“Class Absence, Instructor Lecture Notes, Intellectual Styles, and Learning Outcomes” By Oskar Harmon, William Alpert, Archita Banik and James Lambrinos Atlantic Economic Journal. forthcoming
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ONLINE COURSE: ECON 1201 Principles of
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Where it started
Selected Publications of Prof. Harmon:
“Testing the Effect of Lecture Delivery Modality on Learning Outcomes”, with William T. Alpert, and James Lambrinos.Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, 10(1) 2014 121-129
“Online Discussion and Learning Outcomes”, with William T. Alpert, and Joseph Histen, International Advances in Economic Research, 20(1), 2014, 33-44
"Active Learning Exercises for Principles of Economics Courses", with J. Lambrinos, Journal of Economic Education, 43(2), 2012
"Graph Tool" with D. Mercier, B.Gulag, ,C. Burdick, and M.Brown, Journal of Economic Education, 43(1), 2012, 107-108
“Assessment Design and Cheating Risk in Online Instruction”, with J. Lambrinos and J. Buffolino, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, vol. 13, no. 3, Fall 2010
“Are Online Exams an Invitation to Cheat?”, with J. Lambrinos, Journal of Economic Education, vol. 39, no. 2, Spring 2008
for a Wireless Classroom”, with Nancy Gillies, T.H.E. Journal Web
Exclusive, June 2004,
“Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Presentation Formats for Workshops on Introductory Library Skills” with S. Cudiner, Research Strategies, vol. 18, no. 1 , pp 49-61, 2001
Active Learning Approach to Teaching Effective Online Search Strategies"
with S. Cudiner, T.H.E. Journal, December 2000.
Tax Policy :
Federal Estate Tax: Repeal or Reform?, Tax Notes (Tax Analysts:
Washington, DC), June 15, 2001.
and the Marriage Tax Penalty, Tax Notes (Tax Analysts: Washington,
DC), May 21, 2001
How and Why to Reform, Tax Notes (Tax Analysts: Washington,
DC), April 23, 2001
Analysis and Vertical Equity: A New York Application, with R. Mallick,
Public Finance Quarterly, October 1994, vol. 22, no. 4, 418-438.
Optimal State Tax Portfolio Model: An Extension, with R. Mallick, National
Tax Journal, June 1994, vol. 47, no. 2, 395-402. (Reprinted
in State Tax Notes, September 26, 1994, vol. 7, no. 13, 851-857.)
Plaintiff Bias in the
CPLR 50-A/50-B Statute, with J. Lambrinos, Albany Law Review,
vol. 59, no. 2, 1995.
An Empirical Evaluation of Different
Methods for Estimating Earnings Losses, with J. Lambrinos, The Journal
of Risk and Insurance, Vol. 56, No. 4, December 1989, 733-739.
Tests in Hedonic Models, with J. Burgess, Journal of Real Estate
FInance and Economics, December, 1991, 373-393.
Cheating by online students a concern, The Arizona Republic, December 12, 2011
Adjustment Costs: Measuring Their Impact on Mobility and Housing Demand
Elasticities, with M.Potepan, The American Real Estate and Urban
Economics Association Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, Winter, 1988, 459-478.
The Income Elasticity of Demand for Single-Family Owner-Occupied
Housing: An Empirical Reconciliation, Journal of Urban Economics,
Vol. 24, No. 2, September 1988, 173-185.
News Articles on Prof. Harmon's Information Technology
Activities at Uconn:
Sandwich an Economics Course Around New Year's?, Uconn Econ Blog, January 23, 2012
Smartphones Can Make You Smarter When Used as Mobile Teaching Tools, Uconn Today, Nov. 16, 2011
Harmon Leads Workshop on Instructional Methods in a Wireless Classroom Stamford Advocate, Business Section, November 8, 2001
Harmon's Workshop Wireless Instructional Methods is a Hit Uconn
Libraries Newsletter, November/December 2001, p. 1
Harmon Organizes A Library Collection of Faculty Publications Uconn
Libraries Newsletter, November/December 2001, p. 5
of UConn-Stamford Website, co-developed by Prof. Harmon , Stamford
Advocate, Business Section, August 27, 2001 (link broken)
Harmon Reviews Developments in Usage of WebCT at the Stamford Campus Uconn Institute for Teaching and Learning Newsletter, September
Harmon Leads Summer Makeover of Stamford WebSite Uconn Advance,
September 11, 2000
Harmon Awarded Large Impact Grant to Lead WebCT Effort at Stamford Campus Uconn Advance,May 1, 2000
Harmon A Winner of the Chancellor's Information Technology Award Uconn
Advance,May 1, 2000, The
TAs Grade Stamford Students' Homework Over the Internet in Prof. Harmon's
Classes Uconn Advance,December 13, 1999
Smart CIties Use the Internet: Prof. Harmon's Courses, Stamford
Advocate, Business Section, Feb. 23, 1999, p. 13
2014, "Online, Blended and Classroom Teaching of Economics Principles: A Randomized Experiment”, with K. Couch and W. Alpert, 2014 National Conference on Teaching and Research on Economic Education, Washington, D.C. May 28
2014, "Interactive Graphing Exercise", with W. Alpert, A. Nemeroff, P. Tomolinos and R. Szwarka, Poster Session, American Economic Association Annual Meeting, Philidalphia, PA, January
2013, " Practical Experience with Online/Blended Course Delivery: Questions for Research?s" with W. Alpert, 75th International Atlantic Economic Conference , Philadelphia, PA, 4-7 October.
2013, " Can social media be an effective medium for classroom discussion in the online classroom? " , with W. Alpert and J. Lambrinos, submitted to the American Economic Association National Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education, Chicago, IL, May 29 – May 31.
2013, “Designing Online and Blended Courses”, with William Alpert, Uconn Department of Public Policy Speaker Series, Feb. 19
2013, "The Effectiveness of Interactive Online Exercises across Delivery Format" , with W. Alpert and J. Lambrinos, American Economic Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, January
Starting Point Workshop for Online Instruction, invited panel member, Carleton College, St. Paul MN, March 27-9, 2012.
“Using Facebook As a Discussion Board in an Online Class”, accepted for presentation at the Conference Shaping the Future: Driving Innovation in Online Higher Education, Post University April 20, 2012.
, "Interactive Online Exercises: An Evaluation of Their Effectiveness in a Large Size Principles of Economics Class at a Public University” Department of Economics Brown Bag Seminar May 2, 2012
Accepted for Presentation, "Interactive Online Exercises: An Evaluation of Their Effectiveness in a Large Size Principles of Economics Class at a Public University" AEA sponsored 2012 National Conference on Teaching Economics and Research in Economic Education, May 30 - June 1, 2012, Boston, MA.
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