Professor Morris Altman


University of Dundee School of Business, School of Business

Economic Studies, School of Business

Morris Altman
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Morris is the Dean of the University of Dundee School of Business and Chair Professor of Behavioral and Institutional Economics and Co-operatives. He was Dean of and Professor at the Newcastle Business School in Australia and was Head of Economics and Finance and Professor at Victoria University of Wellington. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, where he was elected Head of Economics for close to 20 years. He earned his PhD in economics from McGill University in 1984.

A former visiting scholar at Cambridge (Elected Visiting Fellow), Canterbury (Erkine Professor), Cornell, Duke, Hebrew (Halbert Professor), Stirling, and Stanford University, he was Editor of the Journal of Socio-Economics for 10 years and was the co-founder of the Review of Behavioral Economics. Morris has published well over 120 refereed papers and given over 200 international academic presentations and has published 18 books in economic theory, co-operatives, ethics, and public policy.


Summary of research expertise

  • Behavioural economics
  • Institutional economics
  • Co-operative organizations
  • High wage growth
  • Survey based experimental economics
  • New Economic history
  • Statistical methodology—business data analytics

Research themes

Health, welfare, and education

Entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity

Markets and governance

Impact and Knowledge Exchange

Most recently, Morris' research has focused on co-operative organizational forms, how and why member-owned organizations are a robust, competitive, more equitable and just alternatives to the traditional investor-owned organization. He is also focused the economics underlying sustainable, dynamic, and competitive ‘high wage’ economies as well as the sustainability of bottom-up green economy initiatives. His research also reflects on the importance of providing decision-makers with appropriate decision-making environments and capabilities, which is fundamental to underpinning free individuals a free society. Morris is also making contributions to survey-based choice experiments. He has recently been engaged in research in behavioural sports economics, with Hannah Altman, with a focus on decision-making in the real world of imperfect and asymmetric information, and the implications of this for health, wellbeing, and performance.

Morris' research and research related organizational contributions have been recognized through, for example, through the, Marquis Who’s Who in the World; AcademicKeys, Who's Who in Social Sciences Higher Education (WWSSHE); Ludwig Mai Service Award, Association for Social Economics, 2016, for lifetime contributions in research to social economics; Elected Vice President, Association for Social Economics (ASE), 2007, President-Elect (2008) and President (2009); President, Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE), 2003-2005; and elected member of the International Co-operative Alliance Research Committee.

Morris was also co-founder, along with the late John Tomer, and Shlomo Maital of the resuscitated Society for the Advancement of Economics in 1992, the largest independent academic organization of behavioural economists in the world.

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Morris has experience teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels, in modules on the following topics:

  • Microeconomic theory
  • Macroeconomic theory
  • Behavioural economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Gender pay inequality
  • Economic development
  • Economic development from an historical perspective

Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

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Areas of expertise

  • Behavioural economics
  • Business regulation
  • Co-operative and social enterprise
  • Equitable growth
  • High wage economics