Employee Profile

Vasilis Sarafidis

Professor - Department of Economics


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Vasilis Sarafidis' educational background is in the areas of economics and econometrics. He received his BA in Economics with Computing and Quantitative Methods at the University of Sussex, and his MPhil in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in Econometrics in 2006 at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining BI, he was Associate Professor at the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University, Melbourne.

Vasilis' main area of research lies in the econometric analysis of panel data. His focus lies on model specification and testing, dynamic panels, common factor structures, models for spatial interactions and networks, multi-dimensional panels, and random coefficient models; with applications to the analysis of crime, banking, water-usage demand, among others.

Before studying for his PhD, Vasilis worked as an economist for a private consultancy in the City of London. During that time he led projects involving econometric analysis and modelling for the electricity, water and telecommunications sectors. As a consultant he advised, among others, the Office for Water Services (U.K.), the National Telecom Agency in Denmark, the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority and the Electricity Association (U.K.) During his academic career, he has also acted as an advisor to the Productivity Commission (Australia), the Essential Services Commission in Victoria, the Commonwealth Environmental Office, the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, the Bureau of Airline Representatives of Australia, and the NSW Corrective Services.

Research areas
Panel data analysis; model specification and testing; high-dimensional data; models for spatial interactions and networks.

Teaching areas
GRA 6039 Econometrics with Programming
Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2006 University of Cambridge PhD
2001 Cambridge University Master M.Phil.
2000 University of Sussex B.A. in Economics
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2021 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Professor
2017 - 2020 University of Monash Associate Professor
2012 - 2016 University of Monash Senior lecturer
2011 - 2011 University of Sydney Senior lecturer
2006 - 2011 University of Sydney Lecturer
2001 - 2002 Europe Economics Ltd, London. Consultant