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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", supervised by Professor Horatiu Rus. 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:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Larry Smith featured in Waterloo Chronicle article

Economics professor Larry Smith was featured in a Waterloo Chronicle article highlighting the recent positive gains made by local elementary schools in provincial test scores. "Economic success now demands lifelong learning that starts with foundational skills in elementary school" says Professor Smith. The rest of the article is available online.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Professor Zara Liaqat featured in Policy Options

Professor Liaqat's research on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was featured in Policy Options' special trade feature. It discusses the importance of Canada’s continued participation in helping to secure access to important markets.

The full article can be found here:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Minimum Wage Increases Lead To More Unemployed Immigrants

Professor Anindya Sen reports that steep increases to the minimum wage have a high likelihood of leading to more unemployed immigrants as well as more poverty based on research he conducted with Dr. Kathleen Rybczynski. 

The full article can be read on The Financial Post website.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dr. Rybczynski finds naturopathy lowers absenteeism

In her recent article Alternative medicine, worker health, and absenteeism in the United States, Kate Rybczynski discusses the positive impact integrative therapies has on absenteeism

John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blows News and Reports comments on Kate's research in the Integrative Practioner

Friday, June 16, 2017

Professor Lam appears on The National

Appearing on The National, CBC interviewed Economics Professor Jean-Paul Lam on June 14, 2017. In the interview Professor Lam discusses the Federal Reserve Bank's decision to raise interest rates and the impact of the rate increase on Canada.