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Monday, January 22, 2018

Professor Jean-Paul Lam on recent BoC interest rate hikes

In articles published in the Globe and Mail and Financial Post, Professor Jean-Paul Lam says recent interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada won't necessarily result in a reduction of spending and household debt.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New graduate course on Water Resource Economics

Professor Roy Brouwer with students at

In the 2017 fall term, the Department of Economics offered graduate and undergraduate students a new elective course on Water Resource Economics.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Bank of Canada's Governor's Challenge results

Team photo

Congratulations to our Economics team who participated in the Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Challenge.  In November 2017, the team presented their recommendations for Canadian monetary policy to a panel of judges. Coached by Professor Jean Paul Lam, the team did a great job of summarizing current key issues in monetary policy. We are proud of our team! Team members from left to right are George Liu, Quinlan Lee, Galen Wray, Evan Sauve and Viktor Seregelyi.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Professor Jean-Paul Lam comments on the risk of cryptocurrency investing

In articles published in The Globe and Mail, Financial Post and National Post, Professor Jean-Paul Lam comments on the risks associated with cryptocurrency investing. You can read both The Globe and Mail and Financial Post articles online.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Notice of PhD defence: The labour market integration of immigrants and their role on innovation

The Department of Economics congratulates Jue Zhang on the successful defence of her PhD thesis entitled "The labour market integration of immigrants and their role on innovation".

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Professor Jean-Paul Lam featured in The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed article written by Economics Professor Jean-Paul Lam. Professor Lam discusses factors contributing to persistent low inflation in Canada and suggests that the Bank of Canada needs to rethink its inflation strategy. Read the full article by Professor Lam online. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

ECON 472 poster session

Professor Curtis with students in ECON 472

On Thursday November 30th, students in ECON 472 presented posters of their term papers. Faculty and students gathered to see what the class had been working on throughout the fall term. Awards were presented to the top 3 poster presentations. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Notice of PhD defense: "Three Essays on the Economics of Innovation as Adaptation to Climate Change" by Hongxiu Li

The Department of Economics congratulates Hongxiu Li on the successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled "Three Essays on the Economics of Innovation as Adaptation to Climate Change". In January 2018, Hongxiu Li will be joining Roy Brouwer's research team at the Water Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Professor Joel Blit invited to roundtable with lead NAFTA negotiator and cabinet minister

On October 6th, Professor Joel Blit was invited to attend a roundtable with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Steve Verheul, Canada's lead NAFTA negotiator, to advise them on intellectual property for NAFTA negotiations. More information about Canada's objectives in the current round of negotiations can be found in this Macleans article.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Professor Ana Ferrer joins the IZA as a Research Fellow

The Department would like to congratulate Professor Ferrer on becoming a Research Fellow at the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) in July 2017.

Information on the IZA can be found at:

Link to Professor Ferrer's work on the IZA site: