News and events

  • Visiting speaker (February 8)

    Mohammed Dore, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Brock University, will present this Thursday February 8 from 11am to 12:30pm in STH 216. The title of the paper is “Recurrent Financial Crises and US Monetary Regulation: Bubbles and Blisters”. Hope to see you there.


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  • Visiting speaker (November 30)

    Mikko Packalen (Waterloo) will be visiting this week on Thursday. The presentation, titled “Power of Economists”, starts at 14:30 and will be in STH 215.

    Abstract: Economics is an influential and exceptional discipline in social sciences, dominating other social science and humanities fields. This paper quantifies the influence of economists and other professions through an analysis of 311 million news articles published during 1980-2022. We show that the influence of economists grew during the Covid pandemic, especially in high-status newspapers and broadcast networks, and that economists were more active in debates on lockdowns, testing and vaccines than in the debates on hospital capacity and school closures. There is similar variance in the influence of economists across climate change topics. We also examine whether the relatively high-powered nature of economics as a scientific discipline explains some of the marked distinction in the influence and public posture of economists relative to representatives of other social science and humanities disciplines.

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  • Visiting speaker (November 23)

    Jonathan Créchet from University of Ottawa will be presenting his project “Life-cycle Worker Flows and Cross-country Differences in Aggregate Employment” next Thursday November 23rd between 2:30pm-4:00pm in STH215.  Please join us!

    ABSTRACT – We propose new data moments to measure the role of life-cycle worker flows between employment, unemployment and out of the labor force in shaping cross-country differences in aggregate employment. We then show that a suitably extended version of the Diamond- Mortensen-Pissarides model can capture well these data moments. Two features of the model are crucial for this result: heterogeneity in match quality and endogenous search intensity. We examine the implications of this model for the sources of employment dispersion across Europe’s largest countries, assessing the contribution of factors related to (i) the production technology, (ii) search, and (iii) policies. The sources of cross-country employment dispersion differ substantially across ages. Technology factors account for most of the employment variance of youths and prime-age workers, whereas search and policies are the main drivers of employment differences for older individuals.

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  • Visiting speaker (November 14)

    Ying Feng from National University of Singapore will be presenting her paper “The Reversal of the Gender Education Gap with Economic Development” next Tuesday, November 14th between 2:30pm – 4:00pm in WH324. You can find the abstract below. Join us!


    Using household surveys covering 83 countries of all income levels, we document that the gender education gap in low-income countries is strikingly large and that it narrows and reverses with economic development. To study the driving forces, we propose a three-sector model in which development features skill-biased structural change, gender-biased technological change (a reduced form of changing discrimination), changing marriage markets, and varying levels of home productivity. The model is parameterized to match contrasting labor market outcomes by education and gender groups and it does well in matching the patterns of the gender education gap we document. Counterfactual exercises show that skill-biased structural change explains most of the narrowing gender education gap across the development spectrum, whereas other mechanisms play only a minor role.

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  • Visiting speaker (November 7)

    Ruben Gaetani (UofT) will be presenting his paper “Are Cities Losing Innovation Advantages? Online versus Face-to-face Interactions” next Tuesday November 7th between 2:30pm – 4:00pm in STH203. Join us!


    How did COVID-19 affect the innovation advantages of dense locations? Using data on the universe of U.S. patent applications, we find that the density premium in the production of novel inventions declined by 18.5%-22.9% in 2020-2021 relative to its pre-pandemic level. Smartphone data on local mobility suggest that the drop in the frequency of local interactions can explain a significant portion of this effect. While COVID-19 resulted in a temporary setback in the innovation advantages of dense locations, the role of urban density in facilitating the exchange and recombination of ideas is unlikely to be persistently replaced by online communication.

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  • Visiting speaker (November 2)

    Ashantha Ranasinghe from University of Alberta will be presenting his ongoing project “Gender Differences in Firm Performance: Selection and Misallocation in Mexico” Thursday November 2, 2:30-4pm in STH 215. Please join us!



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  • Master in Business Economics (MBE) info session

    poster for MBE info session

    Attention, third- and fourth-year Economics students!

    Join us for an informative session on graduate studies in Economics and learn more about our Masters of Business Administration (MBE) program.

    The session, organized by Professors Taylor Wright, Marcel Oestreich, and JF Lamarche, will cover key details about graduate programs, the application process, and the MBE/Co-op program at Brock.

    There will also be free pizza!

    Join us Thursday, Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in PL 600 F.

  • Visiting speaker (October 24)

    Jamein Cunningham will be presenting his paper “State Recreational Cannabis Laws and Racial Disparities in the Criminal Legal System” next Tuesday October 24th between 2:30pm-4:00pm in STH203. Join us!

  • Visiting speaker (September 26)

    Tony Fang from Memorial University will be presenting his paper, “Where Did The Time Go? The Effects of China’s Two-Day Weekend Policy on Labor Supply, Household Work, and Leisure Activities”, tomorrow Tuesday September 26th between 2:30-4:00pm in STH217. 

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  • Visiting speaker (September 19)

    Arthur Sweetman (McMaster) will be presenting September 19 at 2:30 until 4pm in STH 203.
    Title of Paper – Physician Labour Supply: Efficient Use of General-Purpose Surveys

    Physician labor supply trends in Canada from 1987 to 2021 are examined together with the correlates of the current perceived physician shortage. A survey weighting technique with general applicability is employed that enhances estimation quality for profession-specific analysis using the modest sample sizes of general-purpose surveys. Our findings indicate a 16.5% decline in average work hours among practicing physicians during the study period. The reduced work hours among male physicians contribute significantly to this decline. The growing representation of females within the workforce, characterized by fewer hours than their male counterparts, also contributes to the downward trend. Moreover, the aging of the physician workforce contributes noticeably to the overall decline in average work hours. Particularly, there has been an approximately 90% rise in physicians aged 65 and older between 1989 and 2021. These senior physicians work notably fewer hours than their prime-age counterparts. Increasing lengths of absences (e.g., vacations) among physicians also contributes to the decline. Though we cannot distinguish cohort effects from year effects, successive cohorts are observed to work fewer hours than preceding ones.

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