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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.