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Thursday, March 29, 2018

MA Co-op Capstone Presentations

ECON 674 Students and Professor Joel Blit

On Friday March 23rd, MA co-op students in ECON 674 completed their capstone presentations.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Econ 323 T.A. Quinlan Lee receives Amit & Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching

Quinlan Lee

The Department of Economics congratulates Quinlan Lee on receiving the Amit Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student. This award formally acknowledges excellence in teaching by a registered student. Quinlan has been facilitating ECON 323 tutorials while completing his undergraduate studies in Economics.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Professor Robert Kerton on debt and Canadian banks

Professor Robert Kerton responded to a recent Equifax report which sounded an early warning alarm about rising debt levels and the health of Canadian banks.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Professor Larry Smith named Director of the Problem Lab

Larry Smith

Economics professor Larry Smith will spearhead Canada's first problem lab designed to help students with the first steps of entrepreneurship by helping them understand a significant problem. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Professor Teferi Mergo named fellow of global research network

Headshot of Teferi Mergo

Teferi Mergo, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and at St. Paul's, was appointed a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). GLO is a non-partisan, independent organization that serves as an international network and virtual platform for researchers and policy makers.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Faculty and PhD holiday event

Professor Chaussé, Professor Forand, and Professor Parker

Faculty and PhD students gathered to celebrate the holidays before the winter break. As it turns out, our department's talented economists are also talented musicians. Attendees enjoyed lively performances by Professor Insley, Professor Forand, Professor Parker, Professor Chaussé and Professor Rybczynski. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

A visit from UWaterloo Econ alumnus named to "40 under 40" list by CIO Magazine

Lunch with alumnus Michael Ashmore

Thanks to Economics Alumnus Michael Ashmore (BA Honours in Economics) for visiting us at the University of Waterloo. Michael currently works in New York for OMERS Capital Markets. He was named by Chief Investment Officer Magazine to their 40 Under 40 list of people who show great passion for their work and are potential game changers of the future. We are always very happy to hear from our alumni and learn how their education has helped them along their career path.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Professor Joel Blit briefs G7 Sherpas on the future of work

Professor Blit briefed the personal representatives of the G7 Prime Ministers and Presidents (Sherpas) on technology and the future of work during their first G7 Sherpa meeting. Canada holds the G7 presidency in 2018 and has put forward the themes of investing in growth that works for everyone, preparing for the jobs of the future, advancing gender equality, building a more peaceful and secure world, and working together on climate change, oceans, and clean energy. https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/themes/

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.