Anindya Sen

Former Director | Professor (Economics)

Anindya Sen
Anindya Sen is a professor at the Department of Economics where he has taught since 1998; the current director of Master of the Public Service program; the Associate Director for Waterloo Cybersecurity & Privacy Institute; and the Director for Graduate Diploma in Computational Data Analytics for the Social Sciences & Humanities (CDASH). He was the Associate Chair (Graduate Studies) for Economics before his directorship of the program. Prior to working at the university, Professor Sen was an Economist at the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada.

Professor Sen has been with the Master of Public Service program from its inception as a member of the cross-disciplinary program development team. His research interests are in the economics of public policy, with an emphasis on estimating the statistical effects of government intervention. In this respect, he has published research on the impacts of higher cigarette taxes on smoking, the effects of higher minimum wages on employment and poverty, the relationship between clearance rates and crime, and the consequences of incentive programs on electricity usage. His work on the effects of retail alcohol and marijuana deregulation has been acknowledged and cited in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. 

Selected Publications 

  • Masson, Paul and Sen, Anindya, “Uncorking Uncorking a Strange Brew: The Need for More Competition in Ontario's Alcoholic Beverage Retailing System”, C.D. Howe Paper C.D. Howe Institute Commentary 414 
  • Sen, Anindya, Curry, Philip A., and George Orlov, "Crime, Apprehension and Clearance Rates: Panel Data Evidence from Canadian Provinces", forthcoming, Canadian Journal of Economics
  • Sen, Anindya & Hideki Ariizumi, “Teen Families, Welfare Transfers, and the Minimum Wage: Evidence from Canada”, Canadian Journal of Economics, 2013, 46(1), pp. 338-360.
  • Sen, Anindya & Rybczynski, Kathleen & Van De Waal, Corey, 2011. "Teen employment, poverty, and the minimum wage: Evidence from Canada," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 36-47, January.
  • Anindya Sen, Anthony Clemente, and Linda Jonker, 2011. “Retail Gasoline Price Ceilings and Regulatory Capture: Evidence from Canada:" American Law & Economics Review", vol. 13(2), pages 532-564.
  • Wai Choi & Anindya Sen & Adam White, 2011. "Response of industrial customers to hourly pricing in Ontario’s deregulated electricity market," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 40(3), pages 303-323, December.
  • Anindya Sen & Tony Wirjanto, 2010. "Estimating the impacts of cigarette taxes on youth smoking participation, initiation, and persistence: empirical evidence from Canada," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(11), pages 1264-1280.
  • Anindya Sen & Peter G.C. Townley, 2010. "Estimating the Impacts of Outlet Rationalization on Retail Prices, Industry Concentration, and Sales: Empirical Evidence from Canadian Gasoline Markets," Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 19(3), pages 605-633, 09.
  • Gruber, Jonathan & Sen, Anindya & Stabile, Mark, 2003. "Estimating price elasticities when there is smuggling: the sensitivity of smoking to price in Canada," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 22(5), pages 821-842, September.