News and Announcements
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.
Congratulations are extended to this year’s teaching award recipients. Charles Zheng was voted Graduate Professor of the Year by the Economics graduate students. Iftekher Hossain was voted Undergraduate Professor of the Year by the Economics undergraduate students. Duhyeong Kim was voted the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year and Evan Sauve is the recipient of the Tutorial Leader of the Year award.
Professor Emeritus, Jim Davies was featured for a recent study regarding the importance of income inequality and the subsequent health impacts. Unlike other research during this time, Davies’ has shown that, across countries, income inequality — and not poverty — is associated with higher death rates in relation to COVID-19. To read more about the study published in the latest issue of CEPR COVID Economics, see the Western News.
Economics Assistant Professor, Rory McGee recently won the Netspar PhD Thesis prize for his technically impressive research into the saving behavior of the elderly. In the thesis, McGee studies the microeconomics of
household savings decisions and intergenerational transfers. The jury mentions the high degree of relevancy and the challenge of unravelling such a topic. The full article on McGee's thesis, "Essays on Saving and Intergenerational Transfers over the Life-Cycle" can be found at Netspar. To read more, including McGee's interview on winning the Netspar PhD Thesis prize, visit the Social Science News.