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Professor Dorian Owen

Dorian Owen imageBSc(Hons), MSc, PhD (Wales)

Tel: 64 3 479 8655
Room 620, 6th Floor, Otago Business School

Dorian's research interests are mainly in the areas of empirical modelling of economic growth and development, sports economics, and applied econometrics. Current interests include the fundamental determinants of economic growth and development, health and economic growth, and competitive balance and competition design in sports leagues. He has previously taught at the University of Reading (UK) and the University of Canterbury and his teaching at Otago has included econometrics, macroeconomics and monetary economics.

Selected publications

Take a look at Dorian’s publications below:

"State history and corruption", (with T V Vu), Economics Letters, 2022 (doi: 10.1016/j.econlet.2022.110774). Available via Share Link until September 29, 2022 at

"Do the determinants of foreign direct investment have a reverse and symmetric impact on foreign direct divestment?", (with A A Haug and A T N Nguyen), Empirical Economics, 2022 (doi:10.1007/s00181-022-02263-z). Available online (open access) at

"Simulation evidence on Herfindahl-Hirschman measures of competitive balance in professional sports leagues", (with C A Owen), Journal of the Operational Research Society, 73(2), 2022, 285-300 (doi: 10.1080/01605682.2020.1835449) Eprint available (until limit reached) at:

"The association between same-sex marriage legalization and youth deaths by suicide: A multimethod counterfactual analysis", (with A Kennedy and M Genç), Journal of Adolescent Health, 68(6), 2021, 1176-1182 (doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.01.033) Freely available to read and share as one of ‘The 2021 JAH Distinguished Dozen' at

“What drives bilateral foreign direct investment among Asian economies?”, (with A T N Nguyen, A A Haug and M Genç), Economic Modelling, 93, 2020, 125–141 (doi: 10.1016/j.econmod.2020.08.003)

“Replication to assess statistical adequacy”, Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 12 (2018-60), 1–16. Available online at:

“Does institutional quality resolve the Lucas Paradox?”, (with M Akhtaruzzaman and C Hajzler), Applied Economics, 50(5), 2018, 455-474
(doi: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1321840) Eprint available (until limit reached) at:

“Evaluating ingenious instruments for fundamental determinants of long-run economic growth and development”, Econometrics, 5, 38, 2017 (doi: 10.3390/econometrics5030038), Available online (open access) at:

“Competitive balance measures in sports leagues: The effects of variation in season length”, (with N King), Economic Inquiry, 53(1), 2015, 731-744.

“The impact of US fresh milk production standards on dairy trade”, (with N Winchester), Journal of Policy Modeling, 36(6), 2014, 1008-1021.

“Measurement of competitive balance and uncertainty of outcome”, in J Goddard and P J Sloane (eds), Handbook on the Economics of Professional Football, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2014, 41-59.

"Playoff Uncertainty, Match Uncertainty and Attendance at Australian National Rugby League Matches", (with N King and R Audas), Economic Record, 88(281), 2012, 262-277.

"Measuring parity in sports leagues with draws: Further comments", Journal of Sports Economics, 13(1), 2012, 83-93.

"Limitations of the relative standard deviation of win percentages for measuring competitive balance in sports leagues", Economics Letters, 109(1), 2010, 38-41.

"Which institutions are good for your health? The deep determinants of comparative cross-country health status", (with S Knowles) Journal of Development Studies, 46(4), 2010, 701-723.

"Bridging the barriers: knowledge connections, productivity, and capital accumulation", (with R Q Grafton and T Kompas), Journal of Productivity Analysis, 28(3), 2007, 219-231.

"Total factor productivity, per capita income and social divergence", (with R Q Grafton and S Knowles), Economic Record, 80(250), 2004, 302-313.

"Are educational gender gaps a brake on economic development? Some cross-country empirical evidence", (with S Knowles and P K Lorgelly), Oxford Economic Papers, 54(1), 2002, 118-149.

"The effect of female and male schooling on economic growth in the Barro-Lee model", (with P K Lorgelly), Empirical Economics, 24(3), 1999, 537-557.

"Education and health in an effective-labour empirical growth model", (with S Knowles), Economic Record, 73(223), 1997, 314-328.

"Inference on productivity differentials in multi-sector models of economic growth", (with W R J Alexander and P Hansen), Journal of Development Economics, 51(2), 1996, 315-325.

"Health capital and cross-country variation in income per capita in the Mankiw-Romer-Weil model", (with S Knowles), Economics Letters, 48(1), 1995, 99-106.

"Monetary anticipations and the demand for money: further tests of shock-absorber price equations", (with K J Fox), Journal of Macroeconomics, 14(1), 1992, 1-14.

"Testing for financial buffer stocks in sectoral portfolio models", Review of Economics and Statistics, 72(2), 1990, 286-295.

"Unorganized money markets and 'unproductive' assets in the new structuralist critique of financial liberalization", (with O Solis-Fallas), Journal of Development Economics, 31(2), 1989, 341-355.

Money, Wealth and Expenditure: Integrated Modelling of Consumption and Portfolio Behaviour, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1986, xi+210.

"Wealth-composition and cross-equation effects in the U.K. personal sector's expenditure and portfolio behaviour", Manchester School of Economic and Social Studies, 54 (1), 1986, 65-98.

"Dynamic models of portfolio behavior: a general integrated model incorporating sequencing effects", American Economic Review, 71(1), 1981, 231-238.

Teaching responsibilities

Dorian’s teaching responsibilities include: