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Department Opening and COVID-19 Updates

Based on the current situation, and in order to protect the health of students and staff, all offices are closed for in-person visits.

Subsequent to the province-wide lockdown, the Department will endeavor to have offices open as follows:

Main Office: 10am-2pm, Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Graduate Office: 10am-12pm, Tuesday & Thursday
Undergraduate Office: 12pm-2pm, Tuesday & Thursday

Please note that staff are not regularly monitoring their office phones, so please use email to contact them initially. Read more


Economics Welcomes Incoming Assistant Professor

The Department of Economics welcomes Assistant Professor Lisa Tarquinio. Tarquinio researches development economics, drawing in information and research related to climate change, political economy, and migration. To read more on Economics' latest member, visit Western Social Science News.


Economics Alumna Earns Valedictorian 

The Department of Economics would like to congratulate recent alumna, Talissa Aphia Watson (class of 2018-2019) on her academic success.  Upon completing her Masters of Science degree in Business Analytics at the Ivey Business School, she was named class valedictorian for the MSc class of 2021. To read more, visit Ivey News.  


Economics Undergraduate Students Win Honourable Awards

Congratulations to our gold medalists for 2020-2021: Michael Quan Chow (4-Year BA Specialization), Lauren Ruffo-Caracchini (Honors Double Major in Political Science and Financial Economics), Ye Rao (Honors Double Major in Accounting and Economics), Kyle Boutilier (Honors Specialization in Global Economics), and Aaron Leonard (Honors Specialization in Economics and the Chancellors Prize in an Honors BA from the Faculty of Social Sciences). 

Further congratulations are extended again to Aaron Leonard as he is this year’s recipient of Governor General’s Silver Medal! This honour is awarded to the undergraduate who achieves the highest academic standing upon graduation from a bachelor degree program throughout Western University. 


Economics Undergraduate Students Selected to Present at CEA Awards

Congratulations are extended to Economics undergraduate students, Aaron Leonard, Kyle Boutilier, Nalinda Murray and Jackson Montelpare. The four students were selected to present at the esteemed Canadian Economic Association and Bank of Canada Undergraduate Student Awards. Leonard and Boutilier will present their 4400 undergraduate thesis, “The Impact of Mask Mandates on the Trade-Off Between GDP and COVID-19 Mortality” and Murray and Montelpare will present “The Direct and Indirect Effects of Cohabitation on Children's Human Capital Development”. For more information on the CEA - Bank of Canada Awards and our students, please visit the Canadian Economics Association.


Economics Emeritus Featured for Identifying Inflation Repeating History

Professor Emeritus, David Laidler was featured in a CBC News article for identifying the similarities between the U.S.’s current inflation and the unexpected 1960s rise in prices. Laidler witnessed, as an early expert, price rises consume the value of money, and now nearly 50 years later, discusses how history is repeating itself. The full article “Jump in U.S. inflation may signal that history is repeating itself” can be found at CBC News.


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