Douglas Allen, Professor

PhD, Washington

Research Fields: Microeconomic Theory, Law and Economics

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Douglas Allen received his B.A.(hons) (1983) and M.A. (1984) from SFU, and his Ph.D. (1988) from the University of Washington where he studied under Professor Yoram Barzel. He was an assistant professor at Carleton University in Ottawa before moving to SFU in 1990.

His field of study is the economics of transaction costs and property rights, and he has applied this methodology to understanding institutions like marriage and divorce, welfare, the church, farm organization, homesteading, and the military. The Institutional Revolution" won the 2014 Douglass North Prize.  Professor Allen teaches microeconomic theory, the economics of the family, and law and economics.

Some Recent Publications Include

  • The Institutional Revolution: Measurement & The Economic Emergence of the Modern World Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2012
  • "The Ancient Olympics As a Signal of City-State Strength'' (with Vera Lantinova) Economics of Governance  14(1), 2013: 23--44.
  • Nontraditional Families and Childhood Progress through School: A Comment on Rosenfeld'' (with Joe Price and Catherine Pakaluk) Demography 50(3) June 2013: 955--961.
  • “Institutionally Constrained Technology Adoption: Resolving The Longbow Puzzle” (with Peter Leeson) Journal of Law and Economics 58(2) August 2015: 683–715

David Andolfatto, Professor

PhD, Western Ontario

Research Fields: Dynamic General Equilibrium Theory; Macroeconomics; Labour Markets; Monetary Theory.

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David Andolfatto received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1994. He was associate professor at the University of Waterloo before moving to Simon Fraser University in 2000.

David's current research is focused on reconciling theories of money and banking. Past research has examined questions relating to the business cycle, contract design, bank-runs, unemployment insurance, monetary policy regimes, endogenous debt constraints, and technology diffusion.

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Bertille Antoine, Associate Professor

PhD, Montreal

Research Fields: Theoretical Econometrics, Financial Economics.

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Bertille Antoine received a MSc. in Mathematical and Computational Finance (2002) from University of Montreal, a MSc in Statistics (2005) from UNC at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Economics (2007) from University of Montreal.

Bertille's teaching areas are econometrics, statistics and mathematical economics. She specializes in econometric theory with applications to financial economics. Current work looks at the issue of identification, especially in a GMM context. Recent applied work deals with estimation risk in a portfolio choice problem.

Recent publication: “On the Efficient Use of the Informational Content of Estimating Equations: Implied Probabilities and Euclidean Empirical Likelihood” (with H. Bonnal and É. Renault), Journal of Econometrics 138(2), 2007, 461-487.

Fernando Aragon, Associate Professor


Research Fields: Development Economics, Natural Resources and Political Economy.

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Fernando Aragon recived a BSc in Economics (2001) from Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Perú, a MSc. in Economics (2005) from London School of Economics and a PhD Economics (2010) from London School of Economics.

Fernando's research interests are Development Economics, Political Economy and Applied Microeconomics. Current work focuses on studying the role of natural resources and extractive industries (like mining) on economic development.

Featured publications:

  • “Natural Resources and Local Communities: Evidence from a Peruvian Gold Mine” (with Juan Pablo Rud), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5(2), May 2013
  • “Local Spending, Transfers, and Costly Tax Collection”, National Tax Journal 66(2), 343-370, June 2013 
  • “Why do parties use primaries? Political selection versus candidate incentives?, forthcoming at Public Choice
  • “Candidate Nomination Procedures and Quality of Government”, forthcoming at B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (contributions)

Working papers:

  • “Modern Industries, Pollution and Agricultural Productivity: evidence from Ghana”, (with Juan Pablo Rud)

Jasmina Arifovic, Professor

PhD, Chicago

Research Fields: Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, Learning and Adaptation in Economics.

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Jasmina Arifovic joined the Department in 1993. She received a B.A. in economics from University of Sarajevo (1981), and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago (1991). Her previous academic positions have included assistant professor at McGill University (1990-1993) and assistant professor at Simon Fraser University (1993-1997).

Prof. Arifovic's main teaching areas are macroeconomic theory, monetary theory and computational economics. Her research interests focus on adaptive behavior of economic agents and experimental economics. She is currently working on an evolutionary  model of currency crisis, laboratory experiments with the expectational Phillips curve, comparison of performance of adaptive and rational agents, and tacit coordination games.

Recent Publications:

  • "The Behavior of the Exchange Rate in the Genetic Algorithm and Experimental Economies'', Journal of Political Economy 104:510-541, 1996. 
  • "The Transition from Stagnation to Growth: An Adaptive Learning Approach'', (with J. Bullard and J. Duffy), Journal of Economic Growth 2:185-209, 1997. 
  • "Stability of Equilibria under Genetic Algorithm Adaptation: an Analysis'', Macroeconomic Dynamics 2: 1-22, 1998. 
  • "Evolution of Communication in a Sender/Receiver Game of Common Interest with Cheap Talk'' (with C. Eaton), Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 22: 1187-1207.

Chris Bidner, Associate Professor


Research Fields: Applied Theory, Development Economics, Labour Economics

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Chris Bidner received a BEc in Economics (2001) from the University of New South Wales, a MA in Economics (2004) from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Economics (2009) from the University of British Columbia.

Chris' research interests lie in the area of applied theory, focused in the fields of development economics and labour economics. Current work examines the role of reform in the emergence of quality governance, the economic origins of caste, the composition of dowry payments, the determinants of trust, as well as issues related to how the search for co-workers impacts investments in skill.

Featured publications:

  • A Spillover-Based Theory of Credentialism, Canadian Journal of Economics, forthcoming 2014
  • The Emergence of Political Accountability (with Patrick Francois), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 128(3), pp. 1397-1448, August 2013
  • Cultivating Trust: Norms, Institutions, and the Implications of Scale (with Patrick Francois), Economic Journal, Volume 121, Issue 555, September 2011
  • Pre-Match Investment with Frictions, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 68, Issue 1, January 2010.

Irene Botosaru, Assistant Professor

PhD, Yale

Research Fields: Econometrics

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Irene received her Ph.D. (2011) from Yale University. Before moving to SFU in September 2014, she was an assistant professor at Toulouse School of Economics. Irene's main teaching area is econometrics. Her research interests include microeconometrics and econometric theory, and her current work deals with both policy evaluation and the econometric analysis of earnings dynamics.

Selected working papers:

  • "Difference-in-Differences when Treatment Status is Observed in Only One Period"(with Federico Gutierrez). 
  • "Earnings Dynamics with Heteroskedastic Permanent Shocks." (with Yuya Sasaki).

David Cox, Continuing Senior Lecturer

PhD, Queen's 

Research Fields: International Trade, Industrial Organization, Mathematical Economics.

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David Cox, Instructor, received his BA (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario, his MA at The University of Alberta and his PhD at Queen's University.    During his Education Dave was awarded the University of Alberta Graduate Fellowship and the Queen's University Graduate Fellowship.

He came to SFU in 1997, prior to which he was Assistant Professor at the Universtiy of Waterloo(1990 - 93, 1995 - 96), Queens's University (1993 - 1995) and the University of Toronto (1987 - 1989).  Dave' areas of specialization are International Trade, Industrial Organization and Mathematical Economics. 

He has published many articles, conference papers, discussion papers and research papers, including "Assumed Versus Estimated Functional Form in Disaggregate Mode Choice Models" (with D.W. Gillen), Regional Science and Urban Economics, August 1979, "North American Free Trade and Its Implications for Canada: Results from a CGE Model of North American Trade" (with R. G. Harris), The World Economy, January 1992, and "An Applied General Equilibrium ANalysis of NAFTA's Impact on Canada", Modelling North American Economic Integration, 1995.

Eliav Danziger, Assistant Professor

PhD, Princeton

Research Fields: International trade, Macroeconomics, Public Economics

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Gregory Dow, Professor

PhD, Michigan 

Research Fields: Economic Prehistory, Labor-Managed Firms, Microeconomic Theory, Institutions.

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Greg Dow, Professor of Economics, joined the Department of Economics at SFU in 1995.  He received a B.A. in sociology from Amherst College (1975), an M.P.P. from the Institute of Public Policy Studies at the University of Michigan (1977), and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan (1981).  His previous academic positions have included assistant professor at Yale University (1981-86), associate and full professor at the University of Alberta (1986-1995); and visiting postitions at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Erasmus University, and the University of New South Wales.

Prof. Dow's teaching areas are microeconomic theory, economic prehistory, comparative economics, and industrial organization. His current research focuses on hunter-gatherer societies, the transition to agriculture, and the origins of warfare, inequality, and the state.  His earlier research was largely on the organization of the firm.

Selected journal articles:

  •  "The economics of early warfare over land" (with Leanna Mitchell and Clyde G. Reed), Journal of Development Economics, 2017.
  • "The origins of inequality: Insiders, outsiders, elites, and commoners" (with Clyde G. Reed), Journal of Political Economy, 2013.
  • "Climate reversals and the transition to agriculture" (with Clyde G. Reed and Nancy Olewiler), Journal of Economic Growth, 2009.
  • "Why capital hires labor: A bargaining perspective," American Economic Review, 1993.

Professor Dow is also the author of Governing the Firm: Workers' Control in Theory and Practice, Cambridge University Press, 2003. His book The Labor-Managed Firm: Theoretical Foundations will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Songzi Du, Assistant Professor

PhD, Stanford

Research Interests: Game Theory, Microeconomic Theory, Market Design

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Songzi Du received S.B.'s (2007) from MIT and a Ph.D. (2012) from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He joined the Department of Economics at SFU in 2012.

Recent Publications and Working papers:

  • "Correlated Equilibrium and Higher Order Beliefs about Play." Games and Economic Behavior, 2012.
  • "Ex Post Equilibria in Double Auctions of Divisible Assets." Working Paper. (with Haoxiang Zhu)
  • "Are CDS Auctions Biased?" (with Haoxiang Zhu)
  • "Rigidity of Transfers and Unraveling in Matching Markets." Working Paper (with Yair Livne)


Stephen Easton, Professor

PhD, Chicago 

Research Fields: International Trade, Economic History.

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Steve Easton joined the Department of Economics at SFU in 1975.  He received his A.B. (1970) from Oberlin College, and his M.A.(1972) and Ph. D.(1978) from the University of  Chicago.  He has had visiting appointments at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; the Department of Economics of the University of Rochester; and l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Professor Easton’s main teaching areas are international trade/finance and economic history.  Current research interests include the nature of international debt; the economics of education, and the economics of crime and punishment.

Recent publications include

  • “Does IMF Conditionality Benefit Lenders?” (with Duane Rockerbie), Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv Bd. 135, Heft 2, Juni 1999 ; 
  • “What's in a Default? Lending to LDCs in the Face of Default Risk" (with Duane Rockerbie), Journal of Development Economics Vol. 78, No. 2 (April 1999) ; 
  • “Is Tourism Just Another Commodity? Links between Commodity Trade and Tourism” Journal of Economic Integration Vol. 13, No. 3 (September, 1998): 522-43; 
  • "Income, Growth, and Economic Freedom" (with M.A. Walker), The American Economic Review Volume 87 Number 2 (May 1997): 328-332

David Freeman, Assistant Professor


Research Fields: decision theory, behavioural economics, microeconomic theory, experimental economics

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David Freeman, Assistant Professor of Economics joined the Department of Economics at SFU in 2013.  He completed his B.A. in Economics and Geography at the University of Guelph, his M.A. in Economics at UBC and his PhD in Economics at UBC.

Dr. Freeman's main teaching areas are mathematical economics and behavioural economics.  His field of study is decision theory, behavioural economics, microeconomics theory and experimental economics.

Recent working papers include:

  • "Revealed Preference Foundations of Expectations-Based Reference-Dependence"
  • "Calibration without Reduction for Non-Expected Utility"
  • "List Elicitation of Risk Preferences" (joint with Yoram Halevy and Terri Kneeland)

Jane Friesen,  Professor

PhD, Toronto 

Research Fields: Labour Economics.

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Jane Friesen, Professor of Economics, joined the Department of Economics at SFU in 1989. A Vancouver native with a B.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia, she completed her training with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Friesen's main teaching areas are labour economics. Her research interests focus on studying the effects of Canadian labour market programs and laws on wages, employment, and hours of work. She has conducted empirical investigations of  the economic effects of various government polices, including minimum wages, overtime pay regulation, advance notice laws and Employment Insurance. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Employment Research Forum (CERF).

Some of Dr. Friesen's representative publications are:

  • "The Effect of Employment Insurance on Hours of Work", Human Resource Development Canada, forthcoming.
  • "The Dynamic Demand for Part-Time and Full-Time Labor", Economica, 1997.
  • "Mandatory Notice and the Unemployment Durations of Displaced Workers", Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 1996.

Ramazan Gençay, Professor

PhD, Houston 

Research Fields: Time Series Methods, Financial Econometrics.

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Ramazan Gençay joined the department in 2004. He received a B.Sc. in Economics from Middle East Technical University (1986), an M.A. in Economics from the University of Guelph (1987) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston (1991). He taught at the University of Windsor from 1991 to 2003 and at Carleton University from 2003 to 2004. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bilkent University, Olsen & Associates, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, University of Geneva and the University of Zurich. He is a senior fellow at the Rimini Center for Economic Analysis in Italy and a former director of the Canadian Econometric Study Group.

His broad specializations are time series econometrics, financial & nonparametric econometrics and chaotic dynamics. His scientific publications have appeared in finance, economics, engineering, statistics and physics journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of International Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Applied Econometrics, European Economic Review, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Physica A and Physica D.

He is a co-author of two books, An Introduction to High-Frequency Finance and Wavelets and Other Filtering Methods in Finance and Economics published by Academic Press. His book on High-Frequency Finance provides a framework to the analysis, modeling, and inference of high-frequency financial time series. His book on Wavelets contributes to the field of filtering by studying many filtering techniques including parametric recursive and nonrecursive filters, Kalman filters, Wiener filters, and wavelet filters. He is the founding editor of Finance Research Letters.

Richard Harris, Professor


Research Fields: International Trade, Economic Theory.

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Richard G. Harris is the Telus Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, and Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute. He was an undergraduate at Queen's University and received his Ph from the University of British Columbia in 1976. From 1975 to 1990 he taught at Queen's University, Canada and has held visiting appointments at U.C. Berkeley, MIT, and the University of New South Wales. He is the former director of the John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy at Queen's University.

His major area of specialization is international economics and in particular the economics of integration. During the 1980's he worked extensively on economic modeling of the impact of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and subsequently on NAFTA. He has served as consultant to a number of Canadian government departments, international organizations, and corporations in the area of international economics. In addition to a number of technical articles, he has published policy oriented books and articles on Canada-U.S. free trade, international macroeconomics, economic growth, the Asia-Pacific region and Canadian public policy. He is currently involved in research on North America monetary integration, the New Economy, and labour mobility in North America. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a former President of the Canadian Economics Association, and former Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Studies.

Lucas Herrenbrueck, Assistant Professor

PhD, UC Davis

Research Fields: Macroeconomics, International Economics, Economic Theory.

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Lucas Herrenbrueck received a BSc from Jacobs University Bremen, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the University of California at Davis. His recent work studies the effects of monetary policy on asset markets with frictions, as well as unconventional monetary policy.

Recent working papers:

  •  Quantitative Easing and the Liquidity Channel of Monetary Policy
  •  A Search-Theoretic Model of the Term Premium (with Athanasios Geromichalos and Kevin Salyer)
  •  Monetary Policy, Asset Prices, and Liquidity in Over-the-Counter Markets (with Athanasios Geromichalos)
  •  Optimal Monetary Policy, International Coordination, and Currency Unions

David Jacks,  Professor

PhD, UC Davis

Research Fields: Economic History, International Trade
and Finance.

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David Jacks received a B.A. (1997) in Economics and History from the University of Memphis, a M.A. (1998) in Economics from the University of Memphis, a M.Sc. (1999) in Economic History from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. (2004) in Economics from the University of California-Davis. In addition to his appointment at SFU, he is a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. David's research interests are in economic and financial history and international finance and trade.

Recent publications and working papers include:

  • “Commodity Price Volatility and World Market Integration since 1700.” Review of Economics and Statistics 93(3), 2011: 800-813. (With Kevin H. O’Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson)
  • “From Boom to Bust: A Typology of Real Commodity Prices in the Long Run.” NBER Working Paper 18874.
  • “Trade Booms, Trade Busts, and Trade Costs.” Journal of International Economics 83(2), 2011: 185-201. (With Christopher M. Meissner and Dennis Novy)

Alexander Karaivanov, Professor

PhD, Chicago 

Research Fields:
Development, Applied Microeconomics theory, Contract theory, Public Economics.

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Alexander Karaivanov received a B.A. (1997) in Economics from Sofia University, Bulgaria, a B.A. (1997) in Business Administration from Hogeschool van Utrecht, The Netherlands, an M.A. (1999) in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. (2003) in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Alexander's main research interests are in the areas of development economics, contract theory, and applied microeconomics. He is currently working on solving, structurally estimating, and testing among competing theoretical models of financial market imperfections using data from Thailand. Other projects of his include optimal insurance and optimal taxation with lack of commitment, learning in principal-agent models, and the effect on inequality on public goods provisions.

Publications and working papers include:

  • "Dynamic Optimal Insurance and Lack of Commitment", Review of Economic Dynamics, forthcoming (with F. Martin).
  • "Dynamic Financial Constraints: Distinguishing Mechanism Design from Exogenously Incomplete Regimes" (with R. Townsend),  Econometrica, 2014
  • "Financial Constraints and Occupational Choice in Thai Villages", Journal of Development Economics, 2012
  • "Wealth Inequality and Collective Action" (with P. Bardhan and M. Ghatak). Journal of Public Economics, 2007.
  • "Distinguishing Limited Liability from Moral Hazard in a Model of Entrepreneurship" (with A. Paulson and R. Townsend). Journal of Political Economy, 2006

Kenneth Kasa, Professor

PhD, Chicago 

Research Fields: Macroeconomics, International Finance.

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Ken Kasa, Professor, specializes in macroeconomics and international finance. He received his BS at the University of California, Berkeley in 1981, and moved on to the University of Chicago to get an MA in Economics in 1985 and his PhD in 1988.  Since then Ken has had extensive experience as an instructor, including Assistant professorships at the University of Pennsylvania (1990 - 93) and Cornell University (1988 - 91).  He also lectured at Berkeley (1994 - 98) before becoming Associate Professor at SFU in 2001.

Recent publications include:

  • "Gresham's Law of Model Averaging" (with In-Koo Cho), American Economic Review, 2017
  • Learning and Model Validation (with In-Koo Cho), Review of Economic Studies, 2015.
  • Heterogeneous Beliefs and Tests of Present Value Models (with T. Walker and C. Whiteman), Review of Economic Studies, 2014.

Anke Kessler, Professor

PhD, Bonn 

Research Fields: Political Economy, Institutions, Aboriginal Health and Policy, Federalism.

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Anke Kessler received her M.SC. in economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and her Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany. Before joining the department of Economics at SFU in 2003, she was an assistant professor at the University of Bonn. Prof. Kessler’s main research interests are political institutions and structure of government, fiscal federalism, and development economics.

Her current work is broadly concerned with the interrelation between formal and informal institutions, and well-being.  The research touches on a variety of topics, including policy formation in federal legislatures, informal and development, the effect of culture on economic outcomes, and aboriginal land management. In the past, she has worked on various issues related to federalism, such as intergovernmental transfers, migration and tax competition, and on the economics of asymmetric information.

Some publications include:

  • Communication in Federal Legislatures: Universalism, Policy Uniformity, and the Optimal Allocation of Fiscal Authority, Journal of Political Economy, 2014.
  • Interregional Redistribution and Mobility: A Positive Approach (with N. Hansen and C. Lessmann),  Review of Economic Studies 2011.
  • Fiscal Competition, Redistribution, and the Politics of Economic Integration (with Christoph Lülfesmann and Gordon Myers). Review of Economic Studies 2002.
  • The Political Geography of Tax H(e)avens and Tax Hells (with Nico Hansen). American Economic Review, 2001.

Erik Kimbrough, Associate Professor

PhD, George Mason 

Research Fields: Experimental Economics, Institutions, Personal/Impersonal Exchange.

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Erik Kimbrough received an MS and a PhD in Computation Sciences and Informatics from George Mason University in May 2010.

Erik's research uses experimental and computational methods to understand the formation of economic institutions to support specialization and exchange to reduce the costs of conflict. Recent work explores how group formation dynamics effect levels of conflict and cooperation.

Recent publications include:

  • "Measuring the Distribution of Spitefulness." with J. Philipp Reiss. Forthcoming. PLoS ONE.
  • "Side Payments and the Costs of Conflict." with Roman M. Sheremeta. Forthcoming. International Journal of Industrial Organization.
  • "The Primacy of Entrepreneurs in Exploiting Long-Distance Exchange." with Bart J. Wilson. Forthcoming. Managerial and Decision Economics.
  • "Learning to Respect Property by Refashioning Theft into Trade." 2011. Experimental Economics, 14(1): 84-109.
  • "Heuristic Learning and the Discovery of Specialization and Exchange." 2011. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 35(4): 491-511.
  • "Geography and Social Networks in Nascent Distal Exchange." with Bart J. Wilson. 2011. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 167: 409-433.


John Knowles, Professor

PhD, Rochester

Research Fields: Macroeconomics, family, labor, inequality, search models

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John is a macro-economist, trained at the University of Rochester (PhD, 1999) in Rochester, NY, USA. His speciality is dynamic modelling, as applied to family and labor issues. His most typical work is based on models of fertility and divorce, particularly in the context of marriage “markets”, but he has also published papers on racial profiling and child labor.

John's PhD supervisor was Per Krusell, now at the University of Stockholm. His first job after grad school was at the economics department of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. In 2008 John moved to England, where he worked as a professor in the Economics Division of the University of Southampton.

John is currently involved in a couple of projects related to the advent of more effective birth-control methods and the implications this had for women’s career choices and for marriage-market dynamics.

Recent Publication:

  • Why are Married Men Working So Much? 2013 Review of Economic Studies 80, 1055–1085

Brian Krauth, Associate Professor

PhD, Wisconsin 

Research Fields: Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics.

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Brian Krauth received a BA (1992) from Rice University and an MA (1995) and PhD (1999) from the University of Wisconsin. Brian's research interests lie in applied microeconomics, with particular interests in the econometric analysis of nonmarket interactions and youth behavior. His research has investigated job networking, youth smoking, and educational outcomes.

Publications include:

  • Bounding a linear causal effect using relative correlation restrictions. Journal of Econometric Methods 5.1 (2016): 117-141.
  • English as a second dialect policy and achievement of Aboriginal students in British Columbia (with Jane Friesen and Michele Battisti) Canadian Public Policy 40.2 (2014): 182-192.
  • Sorting and inequality in Canadian schools (with Jane Friesen), Journal of Public Economics, 91(11-12): 2185-2212, 2007.
  • Peer effects and selection effects on youth smoking in California, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 25(3): 288-298, 2007
  • Simulation-based estimation of peer effects, Journal of Econometrics 133 (1): 243-271, 2006

Shih En Lu, Associate Professor

PhD, Harvard 

Research Fields: Game Theory, Microeconomic Theory.

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Shih En Lu received an AB (2006), an AM (2008) and a PhD (2011) in Economics from Harvard University.

Shih En's research interests are game theory and microeconomic theory. His current work studies strategic communication as well as bargaining theory.

Recent papers include:

  • Coordination-Free Equilibria in Cheap Talk Games, Journal of Economic Theory 168, 2017: 177-208.
  • Self Control and Bargaining, Journal of Economic Theory 165, 2016: 390-413.
  • A Continuous-Time Model of Mulitlateral Bargaining (with Attila Ambrus), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 7(1), 2015: 208-249.
  • Almost Fully Revealing Cheap Talk with Imperfectly Informed Senders (with Attila Ambrus), Games and Economic Behavior 88, 2014: 174-189.

Christoph Luelfesmann, Professor

PhD, Bonn 

Research Fields: Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, Theory of the Firm.

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Christoph Lülfesmann (if your keyboard prefers, Luelfesmann or Lulfesmann) earned Master degrees in Tax Law from the NRW University of Public Finance, and in Economics from the University of Bonn where he also received his Ph.D. (1996). Before joining the Department of Economics at SFU in 2003, he has worked as an Assistant professor in Economics at the University of Bonn.

Christoph’s research interests are in several areas of applied microeconomic theory. He has written on topics in industrial organization and the theory of the firm, public economics and labour economics. Currently, he studies the political interaction of different layers of government in various institutional settings, and authority rights of agents in organizations.

Recent publications include:

  • Reforming an Asymmetric Union: On the Virtues of Dual Tier Capital Competition (with Andreas Haufler), mimeo, 2013.
  •   Two-Tier Public Provision: Comparing Public Systems (with Gordon Myers). Journal of Public Economics, 2011.
  •  The Theory of Human Capital Revisited: On the Interaction of General and Specific Investments (with Anke Kessler). Economic Journal, 2006.
  • Wealth Constraints and Option Contracts in Models with Sequential Investments. RAND Journal of Economics,  2005.
  • Fiscal Competition, Redistribution, and the Politics of Economic Integration (with Anke Kessler and Gordon Myers). Review of Economic Studies, 2002.
  • Central Governance or Subsidiarity: A Property-Rights Approach to Federalism. European Economic Review, 2002.

Steeve Mongrain, Professor

PhD, Queen's 

Research Fields: Public Finance, Microeconomic Theory.

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Steeve Mongrain received a B.A. and an M.A. in economics from Laval University, and a PH.D. in economics from Queen's University (1998). He then went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Post-Doctoral fellow (1998-1999) before joining the Department of Economics at SFU in 1999. Steeve's main teaching areas are public economics, industrial organization, and microeconomics theory. His research interests focus on law and economics, specially on crime deterrence, and on public economics.

Some publications include:

  • "Rehabilitated or not: an Informational Theory of Parole Decisions," Journal  Organizations of Law, Economics &, 28, 2010: 186-210. (with D. Bernhardt, and J. Roberts)
  •  "Optimal Policiesand the Informal Sector," Journal of Public Economics 95, 2012: 1280-1291.(with K. Cuff, N. Marceau, and J. Roberts)
  • "Competition in Law Enforcement and Capital Allocation," Journal of Urban Economics 69, 2011: 136-147. (with N. Marceau).
  •  "Why Do Most Countries Set High Tax Rates on Capital?" Journal of International Economics 80, 2010: 249-259. (with N. Marceau, and J.D. Wilson)
  •  "Gangs and Crime Deterrence," Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, 22 2006: 315-339.(with A. Mansour, and N. Marceau)
  •  "Experience Rating: Insurance Versus Efficiency," International Economic Review 46, 2005: 1303-1319. With J. Roberts).

Gordon Myers, Professor

PhD, McMaster 

Research Fields: Public and Urban Economics.

Gordon Myers joined the Department of Economics at SFU in 1999. He received his B.A. from Queens University and his MA and Ph.D. from McMaster University (1990). Before joining SFU, he was an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario and an associate professor at the University of Waterloo. He has been an academic visitor at the University of Essex (England) and the University of Bonn (Germany).

Prof. Myers' main teaching areas are public economics and microeconomics. His research interests have mainly focused on issues in federalism including population migration, inter-regional transfers, capital tax competition, and the formation of federations. More recently his interests have broadened to include the transition from foraging to agriculture and self-esteem in labour markets.

Recent publications include:

  • The Architecture of Federations: Constitutions, Bargaining, and Moral Hazard (with C. Lulfesmann and A.S. Kessler), Journal of Public Economics, 2015.
  • Two-Tier Provision of Public Services: Comparing Public Systems (with C. Lulfesmann), Journal of Public Economics, 2011.
  • Rational Truth-Avoidance and Self-Esteem (with D. Andolfatto and S. Mongrain), Canadian Journal of Economics, 2009. 

Krishna Pendakur, Professor

PhD, UC Berkeley

Research Fields: Labor Economics, Public Finance.

Room WMX 4655

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Krishna Pendakur has been with the SFU Department of Economics since November 1994. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked in association with RIIM, Vancouver's Centre of Excellence for Immigration Studies, at SFU.

Dr. Pendakur's major teaching areas are labour economics and public finance. He does empirical research on the measurement of  poverty  and economic inequality, the estimation of consumer demand, and  semi-parametric and non-parametric econometrics.  His research primarily focuses on public policy and programmes, and their impact on the lives of poor people in Canada, with the goal of improving the situation.

Some recent publications:

  •  Crawford, Ian and Krishna Pendakur, 2013. “How Many Types Are There?” Economic Journal, 123(567), March 2013, Pages: 77–95.
  • Dunbar, Geoffrey, Arthur Lewbel and Krishna Pendakur, 2013. “Children's Resources in Collective Households”, American Economic Review, Vol. 103, No. 1, pp 438-71.
  • Norris, Sam and Krishna Pendakur, 2013.  "Imputing Rent in Consumption Measures, with an Application to Poverty in Canada, 1997-2009", forthcoming, Canadian Journal of Economics.
  • Jacks, David and Krishna Pendakur, 2010. “Global Trade and the Maritime Transport Revolution”, Review of Economics and Statistics 92(4): 745-755.
  •  Crossley, Thomas F. and Krishna Pendakur, 2010. “The Common-Scaling Social Cost of Living Index”, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics 28(4): 523-538. Collaborated on the empirical work and the theory.
  • Pendakur, Krishna and Simon Woodcock, 2010. “Glass Ceilings or Glass Doors?” Journal of Business and Economic Statistics 28(1): 181-189.

Luba Petersen, Assistant Professor

PhD, UC Santa Cruz

Research Fields: Experimental Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory, Market Institutions

Room WMX 3629

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Luba Petersen received her B.A. (2006) from McMaster University, M.A. (2007) from the University of British Columbia, and Ph.D (2012) in Economics from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Luba's research interests are in experimental economics and macroeconomics. Her recent work focuses on designing and implementing general equilibrium economies in the lab to conduct controlled macroeconomic policy experiments on human subjects. She is currently studying the transmission and effectiveness of monetary policy within laboratory economies.

Working Papers:

  • "The Role of Money Illusion in Nominal Price Adjustment" (with Abel Winn), Working Paper, 2012.
  • "The Nonneutrality of Money in Laboratory New Keynesian Economies", Working Paper, 2012.
  • "Money Matters: Experimental General Equilibrium Dynamics in Cash and Cashless Economies", Working Paper, 2011.

Marie Rekkas, Associate Professor

PhD, Toronto 

Research Fields: Econometrics, Public Choice.

Room WMX 3643

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Marie Rekkas received a B.A. (1995) in Economics from York University, an M.Sc. in Statistics (1996) from the University of Toronto, an M.A. (1997) in Economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. (2002) in Economics from the University of Toronto. Marie's ongoing research areas are econometrics and public choice. Her current research interests involve examining several issues related to Canadian federal elections. These issues include estimating the impact of campaign spending during election campaigns and investigating the nature of incumbency in Canadian elections.

Arthur Robson, University Professor


Research Fields: Game Theory, Uncertainty, Preferences for Status, Biological Evolution of Economic Behavior.

Room WMX 4670

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Arthur Robson received a B.Sc.(Hons) in mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in 1968; and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1975. He was an assistant, associate and full professor at the University of Western Ontario before moving to SFU in 2003. In 2000-2001 he was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council. Since 2000, he has held visiting positions at University College London, Princeton University, Stockholm School of Economics, New York University and the University of Chicago.

In his current research, Prof. Robson is planning to use data collected from contemporary hunter-gatherer societies as the inspiration for theoretical models of the evolution of economic characteristics. These characteristics include attitudes toward risk, time preference, social status, the quality and quantity of children, intelligence, and longevity, for example. He is also interested in the biological basis of strategic behavior.

Recent publications include:

  • Status, the Distribution of Wealth, Private and Social Attitudes to Risk, Econometrica 60 (1992), 837-857.
  • Why Would Nature Give Individuals Utility Functions? Journal of Political Economy 109 (2001), 900-914.
  • The Biological Basis of Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Literature, 39 (2001), 11-33.
  • The Evolution of Human Longevity and Intelligence in Hunter-Gatherer Economies, (with Hillard Kaplan) American Economic Review 93 (2003), 150-169.

Nicolas Schmitt, Professor

PhD, Toronto 

Research Fields: International Trade, Industrial Organization.

Room WMX 4665

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Nicolas Schmitt joined SFU in 1990. He studied in Lausanne, Ottawa and Toronto and taught at Laval, Western and at the University of Geneva. He held visiting teaching positions at CERGE-EI in Prague and at the University of Virginia and numerous short term visiting research positions, most recently in New Zealand and in Japan.

Prof. Schmitt’s main teaching area is international trade and his current research interests are on the role of intermediaries in international markets and on supply chains.

Recent publications include:

  • `Manufacturers and Retailers in the Global Economy' (with H. Raff), Canadian Journal of Economics 49, 2, 685-706, 2016.
  • `Imports and the Structure of Retail Markets' (with H. Raff), Canadian Journal of Economics 45(4), 1431-55, 2012. 
  • `Temporary Foreign Workers and Regional Labour Market Disparities in Canada' (with D.M. Gross), Canadian Public Policy 38, 2, 233-63, 2012. 
  • 'Commodity Taxes and Parallel Imports' (with P. Raimondos-Moeller), Journal of Public Economics 94, 1/2, 153-62, 2010.

Kevin Schnepel, Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Fields: Crime economics, labour economics, environmental economics

Hitoshi Shigeoka, Assistant Professor

PhD, Columbia

Research Interests: Health, Labor, and Public Economics

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Hitoshi Shigeoka received a B.A. (2001) and an MA (2003) in chemical engineering from University of Tokyo, and master of international affairs (2006) and PhD in economics (2012) from Columbia University. Hitoshi’s research interests include health, labor, public economics, and experimental economics. His current research involves estimating the demand elasticity of health care utilization, examining the degree of supplier-induced demand by physicians and hospitals, examining the effects of competition and peer-to-peer teaching on learning, and investigating how the long-term incentives of mothers affect the timing of births.


  • "The Effect of Patient Cost-sharing on Utilization, Health and Risk Protection", forthcoming in American Economic Review
  • "Effects of Universal Health Insurance on Health Care Utilization, and Supply-Side Responses: Evidence from Japan" (with Ayako Kondo), Journal of Public Economics, 99: 1-23, 2013.

Working papers:

  • "Supplier-induced Demand in Newborn Treatment: Evidence from Japan"  (with Kiyohide Fushimi, MD), revision requested from Journal of Health Economics
  • "School Entry Cut-off Date and Timing of Births"

Hendrik Wolff, Associate Professor

PhD, UC Berkeley

Research Fields: Environmental Economics  

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    Hendrik Wolff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser Unviersity.  He is co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and on the editorial council of the new journal, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE).

    He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from the Universities of Göttingen and Bonn respectively. He received a second master and a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, as well as a grant from the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). He was a visiting professor at Resources for the Future, as well as at LMU Munich, University of Cologne and at IZA, Bonn.

    Hendrik's main research is in environmental economics, working at the intersection of transportation, air pollution, energy and health. This includes the economic causes and consequences of air pollution; the ”value of time;” the impact of energy conservation policies on electricity consumption; cost benefit analysis of the clean air act and its effects on health; the interactions between climate, local prices, wages and “quality of life; and the economics of Daylight Saving Time. He also developed new econometric estimators for large supply and demand systems that are used in agriculture and energy. He has conducted research projects in Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Bangladesh, Ghana, England, Chile and the United States. Hendrik is a Faculty Affiliate of the UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, an IZA Research Fellow, and a CESIfo Research Network Affiliate.

    Hendrik’s work has impact on both academia and policy. He won the 2009 Ralph C d’Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication, which is awarded annually for the Best Paper in Environmental and Resource Economics. His research has led to important policy changes by the United Nations and the World Bank on the measurement of indices (the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Ease of Doing Business Index). His work is discussed on television (e.g., ABC News) and international media (e.g., The Economist, The Wall Street Journal). He has successfully obtained external funding from organizations such as the NSF, as well as CSSS and the Royalty Research Fund. In addition, he has been the chair for six PhD students and has trained many Honors students, many of whom have won multiple awards. The job placements of Hendrik’s students are detailed in his CV. He has also consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy and for the President of the World Bank on important policy issues related to his research. 

Simon Woodcock, Associate Professor

PhD, Cornell 

Research Fields: Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Microeconomic Theory.

Room WMX 1699/3677

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Simon Woodcock received a B.A. (1996) in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. (1998) in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. (2003) in Economics from Cornell University. In addition to his appointment at SFU, he is affiliated with the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) Program at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Simon's research interests are in labour economics, panel data econometrics, and statistical disclosure limitation. His current research includes modeling equilibrium labour market dynamics when agents are heterogeneous and information is incomplete; applying linear mixed model theory to panel data problems; and developing inference-valid methods to protect confidentiality in longitudinal linked data. Recent publications and working papers include:

  • Econometric Analyses of Linked Employer-Employee Data, in The Econometrics of Panel Data, L. Matyas and P. Syvestre (eds.), with John M. Abowd and Francis Kramarz (Dordrecht, NL: Kluwer, forthcoming).
  • Disclosure Limitation in Longitudinal Linked Data, in Confidentiality, Disclosure and Data Access: Theory and Practical Applications for Statistical Agencies, P. Doyle, J. Lane, J. Theeuwes, and L. Zayatz (eds.), with John M. Abowd (Amsterdam: North Holland, 2001), 215-277.
  • Heterogeneity and Learning in Labor Markets, Working paper, July 2003.