John Baker, an Economics PhD student, was the recipient of one of the grants from the Bank of Canada for their PIVOT program. John usedsearch-query data to process the impact of policy measures on household spending in real-time. J-P Lam helped supervise some of his work.
Economics Professor Ana Ferrer, who is also Interim Associate Vice President, Research Oversight and Analysis at the University of Waterloo, has had an article featured in the IZA World of Labor. You can check out the article titled, "Are married immigrant women secondary workers?". Congratulations, Ana, on this excellent achievement!
The Economics department is extremely pleased to announce that Qidi Hu, an Economics 2+2 student from Shandong Normal University, has been awarded the Governor General's Silver Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
Congratulations to Professor Roy Brouwer for being awarded SSHRC funding for the “Payments for wetland ecosystem services as a nature-based solution to sustainably manage urbanized watersheds" project. Professor Alain Nimbona will be a collaborator on this three year project as well. For the full story, see the article on the Water Institute's website.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Kate Rybczynski, who has been awarded a Waterloo Gender Equity Grant, as part of the He for She campaign. PhD student Annie Pan will be working on the project with Professor Rybczynski.
Ramsha Jaweed, Econ MA student, wins second prize in the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) Policy Challenge Competition. Competitors came from UBC, Calgary, Western, McMaster, Toronto, and Laval. The competition is an opportunity for students to use their research results to inform real-world Canadian policy-making and propose innovative policy solutions.
In an article published in the National Post, Professor Anindya Sen points to a skills gap in data analysis in Canada and, in particular, in our ability to interpret and gain useful insights from the data. Professor Sen argues that this gap can be partly addressed by training in the the social sciences and humanities, which not only provide perspective in behavioural theories and trends but also aids in spearheading ethics and governance in the data science world.