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25 Year Service Awards

Congratulations are extended to Professors Bowlus, Sicular, and Streufert, who have been recognized for a long time service by Western President Amit Chakma at Gibbons Lodge. Western News .

Economics Ph.D. Student wins GTA Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Cecilia Diaz Campo, who has been awarded theGraduate Student TA Award of Excellencefrom the Society of Graduate Students.The award recognizes the efforts of extraordinary TAs and is based on student nominations and evaluations.Cecilia is in her second year of the Ph.D. program, and was recognized for her work as the GTA for the first year core econometrics course sequence.

Economics Ph.D. Student wins Social Science Graduate Alumni Award

Phuong Vu has been selected for the Graduate Alumni Award, which recognizes the academic excellence of a graduate student in Social Science as nominated by their department. Congratulations Phuong!

Stephen Williamson Recipient of the 2018 Bank of Canada Fellowship Award

We are proud to announce that the Bank of Canada has selected Stephen Williamson as a recipient of the 2018 Bank of Canada Fellowship Award. Recognized as an international expert in macroeconomics and monetary policy, Williamson holds Western's Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Central Banking. This award recognizes “ his outstanding contributions to research in all four of the Bank's core functions,” says Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz (MA '79, PhD '82). “His work is helping to expand knowledge in these fields. Moreover, his commitment to mentoring students and emerging researchers is fostering a new generation of thought leaders in central banking – not just in Canada, but around the world.” See here for the Bank of Canada press release, here for the story in Western News.

MFE Students take the prize at PRMIA Risk Management Challenge

Representing Western University, four MFE students won the Most Strategic Award at the PRMIA Risk Management Challenge. There were 7 teams selected for the regional finals.  They won the Most Strategic Award by using different approach to the analysis, rejecting the standard approach that gave volatile results over the 2008/2009 financial crisis period. We are very proud of their accomplishment – Congratulations! 

Salvador Navarro Selected for Faculty Scholar Award

Salvador Navarro has received the prestigious Faculty Scholar Award, which recognizes scholarly achievements of a faculty member in a critical point in their career who has maintained an excellent record in teaching and research. Congratulations Salvador!

Award-Winning Economics Faculty Recognized on Honor Roll

Minku Kang, David Rivers and Terry Sicular have been recognized on the 2016-2017 University of Western Ontario’s Award of Excellence on Undergraduate Teaching Honor Roll. This Award recognizes and celebrates excellence in undergraduate teaching, and the department is proud to share this news about our wonderful faculty here in Economics  

The Value of Bitcoin

Do Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies play a useful social role or do they represent a social waste? Stephen Williamson, the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Central Banking, answers this question in a commentary (see here) for the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.  

In Memoriam: Ronald Wonnacott

It is with great sadness that Western Economics announces the passing of Professor Emeritus Ron Wonnacott, often called the 'Father of Free Trade.' Ron was a graduate of Western and served as a faculty member from 1958 until he retired in 1996. Following his retirement, Ron remained a loyal supporter of the Department and a regular visitor at weekly coffee. He will be greatly missed. To read more about Ron's life and accomplishments see the Globe and Mail.  

Audra Bowlus Defends Economics

With DSGE models in Economics under attack after the 2008 Financial Crisis, the Gazette interviewed Audra Bowlus to get her views on the value of DSGE models and an Economics degree in general. See the Western Gazette for the full story. 

Audra Bowlus on Canada's Record-Low Unempoyment Rates

Audra Bowlus, whose research interests include labour economics, was interviewed by Jessica Vomiero of Global News for an article published January 5, 2018 regarding Canada’s record-low unemployment rates. Bowlus commented on each province and the factors involved in their increased employment rates. See Global News for the full story.