Washington, D.C. (May 8, 2002) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has named professor Lawrence E. Harris as chief economist and head of the Commission's Office of Economic Analysis, effective July 1.

In his new role, Harris will advise the Commission staff on economic issues, as well as recommend and initiate major policy projects and oversee staff analysis of the economic impact of SEC regulatory actions, policies and proposals.

Harris, 45, will take a two-year leave of absence from the University of Southern California, where he currently holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the Marshall School of Business.

He succeeds acting chief economist William J. Atkinson, who will retire in July after 30 years with the Commission.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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