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About Murray Smith

I am an econometrician with a wide range of research interests that include microeconometric modelling, health informatics, health economic modelling, mathematical statistics and computer algebra. I am very much interested in the development of statistical methodology for the modelling of variables associated with health and health-related behaviours, involving especially the use of dependence structures as encapsulated by copulas of statistical distributions. Other, recent research effort, has focussed on the quality of use of pharmaceutical medicines in chronic disease, with analyses that utilise prescribing data drawn from large database general practice patient records. Influential in developing these interests was my time spent as a student at Monash University (Australia) where, in 1983, I gained a first class honours degree in Economics majoring in econometrics and operations research. By 1987 I had gained my PhD having studied aspects of exact finite-sample econometric theory under the supervision of Grant Hillier. My first academic appointment was as a lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, and my second, spanning almost 20 years of service, was at the University of Sydney where I rose to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics. I then moved from Australia to the UK where I held the posts of Senior Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in their Health Economics Research Unit from 2007-9, and Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham in their School of Pharmacy from 2010-16. Concurrent with the latter, from September 2010 I served on the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee where I was involved in decisions over adoption of medicines into the NHS in England and Wales. On April 4, 2016, I began work in the Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU) at the University of Lincoln, where I am a Senior Research Fellow in Econometrics and Health Economics; CaHRU is the research centre of the School of Health and Social Care in the College of Social Science. I have held a number of visiting research positions including: the University of East Anglia in 1993 where I was a Leverhulme Trust visiting research fellow in the Department of Economics; the University of Munich (Institute for Statistics) in 1998-9; the University of Dortmund (Institute for Economics and Social Statistics) in 2001; the University of York (Department of Economics) in 2006. My visits to Germany were made possible through sponsorship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Department Responsibilities

Research; research grant development

Subject Specialism

Health economics and econometrics


  • PhD — Monash University, 1987
  • BEc(hons) — Monash University, 1983


  • Best Software Contribution — CompStat (Berlin) MDTech Prize,
  • Best ASA Joint Statistical Meeting Presentation Award — American Statistical Association, Section on Statistical Computing,
  • Visiting Research Fellowship — Alexander von Humboldt Foundation,
  • Exchange fellowship with the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences — Australian Academies,
  • Research Fellowship — Leverhulme Trust,
  • Australian Government Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award — Australian government,

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Research Interests

  • Econometrics

  • Economics

  • Health Econometrics

  • Health Economics

  • Mathematical Statistics

  • Microeconometrics

  • Statistics

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Patient care given by community first responders in out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest: dataset construction using LIVES responder reports — awarded £2721 by UoL CoSSRF in 2018
  • Developing A Tool Kit For The Selective Use Of Anthracycline Chemotherapy: SPAG5 As A Robust Prognostic And Predictive Biomarker In Breast Cancer Precision Medicine — awarded £812455 by NIHR i4i in 2018
  • Development of a patient-maintained sedation device to allow patients to safely control their own sedation levels during surgical and medical procedures — awarded £690521 by NIHR i4i in 2017
  • Urinary trace element profile as an early biomarker of acute kidney injury — awarded £894606 by NIHR i4i in 2017
  • East Midlands Research Design Service Secondment — awarded £19183 by NIHR in 2016
  • Assessment of the feasibility and clinical value of further research to evaluate the management options for children with Down syndrome and otitis media with effusion: a feasibility study — awarded £140385 by NIHR HTA in 2012
  • Helicobacter eradication to prevent ulcer bleeding in aspirin users: a large simple randomised controlled trial (HEAT) — awarded £2291812 by NIHR HTA in 2012
  • Multisite implementation of trained volunteer doula support for disadvantaged childbearing women: a mixed-methods evaluation — awarded £356566 by NIHR HS&DR in 2011
  • Improving the effectiveness and reach of NHS support for smoking cessation in pregnancy — awarded £1920956 by NIHR PGfAR in 2010
  • Economic appraisal of the choice and targeting of lifestyle interventions to prevent disease in deprived populations — awarded £261319 by MRC NPRI Phase 2 in 2008

Research in the Lincoln Repository