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  • Research award for Robert Dimand!

    Robert Dimand is the recipient of the distinguished researcher of the year award, an award given annually by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock University.

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  • New research paper by Prof. Xue Bai

    The article “Trade and minimum wages in general equilibrium: Theory and evidence” written by Xue Bai, Arpita Chatterjee, Kala Krishna and Hong Ma. You can find the paper https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1e06u_WJW3McJ and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002219962100115X?via%3Dihub.

     

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  • MBE student wins the 2020 FOSS Best Paper in Graduate Course award

    Congratulations to Steven Iamarino for winning the 2020 FOSS Best Paper in Graduate
    Course award. His research paper is “Causes for Property vs. Violent crime in Canada”. Well done!

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  • Brock researcher wins prestigious recognition in environmental economics

    Diane Dupont, Professor in Brock University’s Department of Economics, has been named an inaugural Fellow by the Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Association (CREEA).

    The title was conferred at a virtual CREEA event in November in recognition of her work to advance the profession of environmental and resource economics and her significant contributions to CREEA and its operations.

    Brandon Schaufele, Associate Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School at Western University, spoke about Dupont at the award event and later described Dupont as a world-renowned researcher. He commended both her ability to build research networks and her service to organizations that support researchers. He also pointed out she has built a thriving career in what has been, until recently, a male-dominated field.

    “Diane is one of the first and leading female environmental economists in Canada,” said Schaufele. “She has provided an example for a lot people with her work on policy issues and leading research networks, in addition to her support of up-and-coming scholars.”

    Dupont’s willingness to collaborate and explore interdisciplinary research opportunities has always been a priority, even in the early days of her research career when environmental economics was just beginning to grow into its own area.

    Her determination to examine the issue through different lenses was unusual in the field at the time, but Dupont says that new approaches have combined with the emergence of big data to allow for positive change.

    Dupont has also made time to support and mentor colleagues both within and outside of her discipline and to provide service through administrative roles, most recently as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2013 to 2017.

    “It has been an honour and a delight to work with Diane in her various administrative roles both within the Faculty of Social Sciences and the broader University,” said Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “Her commitment to research excellence and her generosity in supporting faculty, students and staff make her a wonderful colleague.”

    Learn more about the award and Diane’s career here.


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  • Qian Liu, new member of the Department

    We would like to welcome Qian Liu to the Department and to Brock University. Qian Liu is finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include labor Economics, applied econometrics and the economics of education.

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  • From Students to Co-authors, Brock Economics Prof Mentors and Inspires

    Economics Professor Robert Dimand takes the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to heart.

    Upon his arrival at Brock in 1987, Dimand discovered a discarded five-volume set of the American Economics Association Index of Economic Journals covering 1886 to 1929. Thumbing through the pages, he soon realized he’d uncovered a trove of potential research.

    Listed among the expected male contributors were the names of several women. “I thought I was a fairly well-read historian of economic thought, but I’d never heard of these people,” he says.

    “You don’t find them in the textbooks of the history of economic thought,” he says. “And yet it turns out that there are an enormous number of interesting contributions by women that haven’t been noticed.”

    In part, that could be because, throughout history, women economists had to find ingenious ways around “all sorts of barriers to advancement,” he says. “Some worked in schools of social work or women’s colleges or as dean of women in a co-ed institution.”

    Dimand has since made considerable contributions of his own to restore this “overlooked heritage in the history of economics,” co-editing A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists (2000) and The Status of Women in Classical Economic Thought (2003).

    Most recently, he co-edited The Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought (2018) with lead editor Kirsten Madden.

    Dimand doesn’t just write about women economists, he also mentors them. In the Routledge Handbook, Dimand is listed as second author on chapters by two of his former students.

    Preparing students to become co-authors and collaborators requires that they learn to look at published work in a new way, he says. “The most important thing before writing is to do a lot of reading but read it with an eye to a different thing from what you’re normally reading for in courses – not to learn about the subject matter of the article but about how an article is presented.”

    Having refereed over 300 journal papers, Dimand is keenly aware of the need to keep the reader engaged. “You have to imagine that there’s a reader who keeps saying ‘so what?’ Either you have an answer for that, or you shouldn’t be doing the article that way,” he says.

    Lola Fowler (BA ’12, MBE ’16) wrote the initial draft of “The First 100 Years of Female Economists in Sub-Saharan Africa” as a term paper for Dimand when she was a master’s student.

    When she discovered “very little literature out there by Africans speaking to the African problem and even less by females,” Dimand challenged her to write the story herself.

    As the two collaborated on the book chapter, he acted “almost like a peer reviewer,” Fowler says. “He was never insistent that things had to be done his way; it was usually a suggestion.”

    That’s his style, she says. “Letting the student come to their own learning but always being there to guide.”

    Fowler, who now works as a business analyst for the Ministry of Transportation, says Dimand helped her “realize the connection” between the formulas and their meanings. “That made me a better TA, a better writer, and a better economist.”

    Talia Yousef (BA ’16) majored in Applied Economic Analysis. Her chapter, “Women Economists of the Arab Homeland,” is based on her ECON 4F90 honours essay, which Dimand supervised.

    When she first started her undergraduate degree, Yousef says felt pressured to fit into what she saw as “very much a male-centered field.” But, Dimand’s class was different.

     

    “He is such an advocate for women in economics. He really wanted me to feel empowered as a woman in my field,” she says. “That was reflected in the way that he encouraged me to make my work good enough to succeed and the way that he put my name first on the article.”

    Yousef, who recently completed an MA in political economy from Carleton University, credits Dimand’s mentorship and ongoing encouragement with her success. “I don’t think I could have had this courage if he didn’t believe in me,” she says.

    According to Dimand, both chapters represent significant firsts. Some information has been published on individual female economists in the Arab Homeland, but Yousef’s is the first overview of women’s participation. Since 2012, the Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists has been dedicated to building capacity and enhancing scholarship among women in the field, but “Lola’s chapter is the first to look at the history of women’s participation in economics in sub-Saharan Africa,” he says.

    Fowler presented her chapter at the American Economics Association meeting of the Allied Social Sciences Associations and was invited to speak at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s African studies colloquium in Mexico City in September.

    Through the history of economics, Dimand is confident that he has found a “fairly pleasant and painless way” for people outside the field to learn something about economics.”

    Dimand describes his work as playing on the two senses of the French word histoire. “It’s not just history,” he says. “They’re also just really interesting stories.”

    According to Fowler, Dimand is one of the “few professors who can tell you the story behind those numbers and make it really beautiful, make it fun, make it come alive for you.”

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  • Professor Emeritus Roberta Robb receives CWEC Service Award

    At the CEA meetings in Banff, the Canadian Women Economists Committee (CWEC) gave its inaugural CWEC Service Award to Roberta Robb, Professor Emeritus and former Department of Economics chair. This award is given in recognition of having “furthered the status of women in the profession, through example, achievements, increasing our understanding of how women can advance in the profession, or mentoring others”. For more details on this amazing accomplishment please read the official announcement here.

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  • The MBE Fall 2018 Distinguished Graduate Student Award goes to…

    Congratulations to Juntao Zhang who is receiving the Fall 2018 Distinguished Graduate Student Award. This award is given to the student receiving the highest average in their program. Well done Juntao.

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  • The Department’s newest member

    We would like to introduce Miguel Cardoso as the newest member of the Department. Miguel comes from the University of Western Ontario and his main field of research is International Economics. Welcome aboard.

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  • June 2018 Convocation

    Congratulations to all our undergraduate and graduate students on obtaining their degrees at the June 2018 Convocation. Please keep in touch with us. Prof. Lamarche with some of the students and their families.

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