Horatiu A. Rus

Associate Professor
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CV: Horatiu A. Rus

BA (Babes-Bolyai University); MA International Relations and European Studies (Central European University); MA Economics (York University); PhD (University of British Columbia)

Areas of specialization: International trade; Natural resource and environmental economics; Political economy and development

Research interests

I am interested in the economics and political economy of international trade and environmental issues. I use applied theoretical and empirical methods to study the effectiveness of trade and environment policies in an international context.


After completing a BA in International Economics in my home town of Cluj, Romania, and then an MA in International Relations at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, I came to Canada to begin graduate school in Economics. I graduated with an MA in Economics from York University and then earned a PhD in Economics from UBC in Vancouver. At Waterloo, I am jointly appointed in Economics and Political Science, where I primarily teach courses on the Economics and Politics International Trade and Natural Resources.

Selected publications

  • A Place-Based Socioeconomic Status Index: Measuring Social Vulnerability to Flood Hazards in the Context of Environmental Justice, with L. Chakraborty, D. Henstra, J. Thistlethwaite, and D. Scott. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol 43, 2020.

  • Bulk-Water Extraction Charge Calculator: a Tool for Sustainable Water Management in Ontario, with G. Sandhu, M. Wood, and O. Weber. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 45:1, p. 59-76, 2020.

  • Adaptation to Climate Change and International Mitigation Agreements with Heterogeneous Countries,with Hongxiu Li.Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 6:3, 2019.
  • Border Effects Before and After 9/11: Panel Data Evidence Across Industries, with Zhiqi Chen and Anindya Sen. The World Economy, 2016.
  • Renewable Resources, Pollution and TradeReview of International Economics, 24:2, 2016.
  • Green Technology Transfers and Border Tax Adjustments, with A-D Nimubona, Environmental and Resource Economics, 62:1, 2015.

The complete publications list here.