Bill is Professor of Econometrics at the University of Melbourne, a position he has held since 2001. At the University of Melbourne he has also served as Head (2013-2015), and Deputy Head (2002-2007), of the Department of Economics, Director of the Centre for Microeconometrics (2004-2009), and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies (2005-2007). Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, he was Professor of Econometrics at the University of New England for 14 years and Head of New England’s Department of Econometrics for a total of 12 years. He has held visiting appointments at Louisiana State University and at the Universities of Georgia (Athens), Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and California (Berkeley). He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 1995, and has served as a member of the ARC College of Experts (2007-9).
Bill has co-authored several leading econometrics books covering a range that includes a research handbook, a PhD level text, a Masters level text and an undergraduate text. Working within the general area of econometric methodology, he has made research contributions in a number of areas including estimation and hypothesis testing for heteroskedastic error models, specification and estimation of microeconometric production functions, Bayesian inference, demand modelling and estimation, and estimation and analysis of income distributions. Top ranking journals in which his publications have appeared include Journal of Econometrics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and American Journal of Agricultural Economics. His books and journal articles have attracted over 12,500 Google Scholar citations.