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James Dean Award

The James Dean Award is awarded to the student with the best second-year ECON 990 paper. This award is named after the late emeritus professor James Dean, who has held visitng appointments at approximately 25 universities and research institutions worldwide, in addition to his appointment at Simon Fraser University.

2020 - Marieh Azizirad

Marieh Azizirad is a PhD candidate in economics at SFU who joined the program in Fall 2017. Marieh was born and raised in Iran where she completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics. Her research interests are macroeconomics with a focus on monetary economics. The awarded working paper, co-authored with associate professor Lucas Herrenbrueck, developed a model where agents have imperfect information to study the trading halts due to information frictions and beliefs. She is currently a sessional instructor at SFU teaching ECON 305: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. She enjoys both research and teaching, and is planning to stay in academia after completing her PhD.

Past winners

2019: Boxi Yang

Boxi Yang is a PhD student in economics at SFU. She obtained her B.S. degree at Beijing Jiaotong University and master's degree at New York University. Her research interests range among various topics in the fields of development and labour economics. The awarded working paper examines the gender specific quantity-quality trade-off of children within households in the context of rural China. She is also working on a project regarding the intergenerational transmission and dynamics of cultural values. Besides her academic research, Boxi enjoys teaching as well and tries to help the students get a better learning experience in economics.

In Memoriam

Originally from Parry Sound, Ontario, James Dean earned his BSc in mathematics at Carleton University. He obtained his MA and PhD in economics at Harvard University. James specialized in international economic policy, trade policy, monetary and exchange rate policy, and transition and globalization.

James joined SFU in 1969 as a visiting instructor and later professor. Committed to teaching and mentoring, he inspired generations of students to study economics.