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W. Glenn Campbell Faculty Research Fellow

Todd Stinebrickner

Professor Todd Stinebrickner has been appointed as our W. Glenn Campbell Faculty Research Fellow for a five year term. Todd's research focuses on labour economics, education economics, applied econometrics and health and retirement.

Timothy D. Lane Appointed Deputy Governor

Timothy D. Lane

The Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada announced the appointment of Timothy D. Lane (1983 Western Ph.D. Economics graduate) as Deputy Governor and member of the Governing Council of the Bank, effective 18 February, 2009. Mr. Lane joined the Bank as Adviser to the Governor in August 2008.

Previously, Mr. Lane held positions with the IMF, including Senior Advisor in the Research Department (2006-2008) and has taught at the University of Iowa and Michigan State University. According to the Bank of Canada, "Mr. Lane brings a breadth of recognized policy, economics and management credentials and extensive international experience to the Bank’s decision-making processes."

The Western Undergraduate Economics Review

WUER Poster, March 2009

The Western Undergraduate Economics Review is an annual publication containing articles written by Western undergraduate Economics students. First published in 2002, the Review reflects the academic distinction and creativity of the Economics Department at Western and showcases some of the finest work of our students.

Bank of Canada Research Fellowship - 2009

David Andolfatto

On March 19th, 2009, The Bank of Canada announced that Professor David Andolfatto, 1994 Western Ph.D. graduate (currently at Simon Fraser University), is the recipient of the Bank's Research Fellowship for 2009.

Professor Andolfatto is known for his work on business cycle theory, labour market policy, and the theory of money and banking. His current research focuses on bank sector stability and policies designed to avert major financial crises.

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada stated that "Professor Andolfatto's outstanding work contributes to excellence in monetary policy research in this country. The Bank is delighted to recognize such a valuable contributor to this field."

Gervan Fearon, Dean of the Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Gervan Fearon

Gervan Fearon (1999 Western Ph.D. Economics graduate), currently Associate Dean (Academics) at the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University, has been appointed Dean of The Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University.

Dr. Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic at Ryerson writes that "I am delighted Dr. Fearon is joining Ryerson, bringing an extraordinary combination of talent, insight and experience from both inside the academy and beyond." The position is effective July 1, 2009.

John Whalley Recipient of The Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research

John Whalley

Professor John Whalley has been named as one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Hellmuth Prize, named in honour of Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, founder of Western and awarded for outstanding achievements in research.

Professor Whalley joined the Economics Department at Western in 1976 and over 33 years has become internationally known for work in several diverse areas of economics. A founder of applied general equilibrium analysis in the 1970’s led to WTO issues, development strategies and tax policy. Recent work focuses on China, Russia, and climate change. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Foreign Fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He is a research associate of NBER (Cambridge, US), a Distinguished Fellow of CIGI, coordinator of the global economy area for CESifo (Germany) and the William G. Davis Professor of International Trade at the University of Western Ontario.

Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) Award

Abdurrahman Aydemir

Abdurrahman Aydemir (Ph.D. 2003), currently at Sabanci University, Turkey, is the recipient of the 2009 Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) Outstanding Young Scientist Award. This prize is given to advance young exceptional scientists to establish their own research programs in Turkey. Abdurrahman also worked as a Senior Researcher at Statistics Canada 2001-2008.

The Western Economics Fund

The Western Economics Fund

The Department of Economics is pleased to announce the launch of a joint Department and Alumni fundraising initiative – The Western Economics Fund. Coming soon - the Economics Alumni Portal, to include professional networking and e-recruiting facilities.

2008/2009 Teaching Awards

2008/2009 Teaching Award Winners

Congratulations  to the 2008/09 Teaching Award winners nominated from students enrolled in Economics, from left to right: Undergraduate Professor of the Year, Des McKeon; Graduate Professor of the Year, Peter Streufert; Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year, Lee Ferchoff; Graduate Tutorial Leader of the Year, Brent Millar.

Distinguished Fellowship: History of Economics Society

David Laidler

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus David Laidler who has been awarded the 2009 Distinguished Fellowship of the History of Economics Society. The award was presented at the Society’s Annual Meeting held at the University of Colorado in Denver on June 28th, 2009. The honor celebrates Laidler’s lifetime study of the history of economics.

Jayson Myers: "Recession and Road to Recovery"

Dr. Jayson Myers

The Economics Students' Association, along with the Social Science Students' Council hosted Dr. Jayson Myers, President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

Western Alumnus Visits Social Science

Tiff Macklem

Tiff Macklem, Associate Deputy Minister and G7 Deputy for Canada, Finance Canada (and Western Economics Ph.D., 1989), spoke on "The Global Financial Crisis: An Inside Perspective" Wednesday, November 18, 2009. This event was sponsored by the Office of the President, the Department of Economics and co-sponsored by the Economics Students’ Association.

Charitable Review

TA Review Session December, 2009

The Teaching Assistants for Economics 1021A held a very successful Review Session before the final examination for first year economics students on December 10, 2009.  The cost of attendance was a charitable donation for the London Food Bank.

Jim MacGee - Business News Network

Jim MacGee

Professor James MacGee was recently interviewed on the Business News Network, as part of a discussion of the current situation in the Canadian and US housing markets.

You can also read a Commentary MacGee wrote on this issue while he was on Sabbatical Leave at the Cleveland Federal Reserve.