Honours & Awards
Grace Kim one of two recipients of Peter Kennedy Award in Macroeconomics
Fourth year economics student, Grace Kim, is one of two recipients of the Peter Kennedy Award in Macroeconomics.
The award is named after the late emeritus professor Peter Kennedy, and recognizes students not only for academic excellence, but also for expressing strong interest in a particular macroeconomics-related subject area.
SFU Economics professor Arthur Robson is appointed as Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association
Congratulations to Arthur Robson, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University since 2003, who has been appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA).
The award, established in 2010, recognizes the achievements and contributions of the most prominent economists in Canada. Professor Robson is the second member of the SFU economics department to receive this award.
Hamza Abdelrahman is recipient of Glenn Berg Super-Duper Award 2018
The Glenn Berg Super-Duper Award 2018 has been awarded to Hamza Abdelrahman, a third-year honours student in economics at Simon Fraser University. The award, established by SFU economics champion and alumnus Glenn Berg, recognizes honours students for academic excellence in economics, and participation in extracurricular activities.
SFU professor Chris Bidner wins American Economic Journal: Microeconomics Best Paper Award 2017
Congratulations to SFU professor Chris Bidner, who has received the Best Paper Award 2017 for his work in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics journal. His research involves studying how incentives for workers to acquire skills and invest in education has significant implications for participating in a skilled labour market.
Gregory Dow 2016 Cormack Teaching Award
Congratulations are due to Bertille Antoine, Chris Bidner, Greg Dow, and Nic Schmitt for being awarded SSHRC Insight grants and to Dave Freeman and Lucas Herrenbrueck for being awarded SSHRC Insight Development grants. Altogether they represent over $450,000 in new funding for research in the department. Once again, the department maintained its very high success rate both in the Insight (66%) and Insight Development (100%) competitions.
- Bertille Antoine "Estimation uncertainty, instabilities, and nonlinearilties in structural models" joint with Lynda Khalaf (Carleton) and Maral Kichian (UOttawa)
- Chris Bidner "The Economic Foundations of Bad Government"
- David Freeman "The Self-Awareness of Procrastinators"
- Lucas Herrenbrueck "The ABC of Liquidity: Asset Markets, Banking, and Crashes"
- Nicolas Schmitt "Supply Chains, Intermediation and International Trade"
SSHRC 2015 Results: Over $500,000 research funding for faculty members
Congratulations to Anke Kessler, Erik Kimbrough, and Hitoshi Shigeoka for being awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grants and to Shih En Lu, Chris Muris, and Luba Petersen for being awarded SSHRC Insight Development grants. All told, these represent over $500,000 in new funding for research in the department. Once again, the department maintained its high success rate both in the Insight (43%) and Insight Development (60%) competitions.
- Anke Kessler "Institutions and Human Development: The Case of Canada's First Nations"
- Erik Kimbrough "Behavioural and Ecological Determinants of Institutions"
- Shih Eh Lu “Monotonic Cheap Talk”
- Chris Muris "Big Panel Data"
- Luba Petersen “The effects of forward guidance and financial literacy on computation-saving decisions”
- Hitoshi Shigeoka “The Long-Run Effects of Prohibition”
Congratulation to Krishna Pendakur who will be going to Harvard University for one year (2016) as the next William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair.
The Canada Program at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs selects distinguished visiting Canadian researchers to teach, conduct research, and run seminar series. Krishna is the first SFU faculty member to participate in the program.
Doug Allen Awarded the Douglass C. North Research Award for "The Institutional Revolution"
The Douglass C. North award was established in 2014 by the International Society of New Institutional Economics (ISNIE). This new award is for the best paper or book published during the previous two years on the topic of Institutional Economics.
Edouard Djeutem Awarded Runner-up Prize at the 2014 Bank of Canada Student Paper Awards
Congratulations to Edouard Djeutem, Phd student, who received the runner-up prize for the 2014 Bank of Canada Student Paper award. The purpose of the award is to promote high quality research.
Edouard’s paper, “Model uncertainty and the Forward Premium Puzzle”, is forthcoming in the Journal of International Money and Finance.
Anke Kessler awarded the 2013 Sterling Prize
The 2013 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy was awarded to Anke Kessler for her research into the robo-call allegiation during the 2011 Canadian federal election.
2013 SSHRC Grants
Douglas Allen, Alexander Karaivanov (Obstacles to credit, risk sharing and investment in developing communities : a dynamic structural approach to measure and policy evaluation”) and Arthur Robson (Biological and Cultural Evolution of Preferences and Strategic Behavior) were awarded three grants for a total of about $270,000.
Insight Development Grants
John Vanderkamp Prize awarded to Nicolas Schmitt
Nicolas Schmitt received the John Vanderkamp Prize for the best article published in Canadian Public Policy in 2012 ("Temporary Foreign Workers and Regional Labour Market Disparities in Canada", co-authored with Dominique M. Gross, SFU School of Public Policy). This annual prize is named after the founding editor of Canadian Public Policy.
Ramazan Gençay recieved grant from INET and CIGI
Congratulations to Ramazan Gençay for receiving a $178,500 grant from the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) and The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The title of his project is “Identification and Modeling Risk Cascades with Dynamic Network Models”.
Other notable research funding
- Congratuations to the following faculty members for their SSHRC/SFU Grants: Ramazan Gençay for "Counterparty risk in financial markets", Luba Petersen for "Can targeted interest rates reduce speculative investing and enhance financial stability?", Arthur Robson and Erik Kimbrough for "Theory of mind - theory and experiments" [Fall 2012]
- Erik Kimbrough was awarded a SHHRC Insight Development Grant. His title is "Ecological Dynamics and the Adaptability of Institutions".
- Brian Krauth and Jane Friesen were awarded SSHRC Insight Grant ($233,555) over five years to study the effects of Full-Day Kindergarten in B.C. on mothers' labour supply and children's developmental and academic outcomes.
- Jasmina Arifovic has been awarded funding from the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to support her research project on the Evolution of Beliefs, Volatility of Exchange Rates and Market Experiments.[June 2012]
- SSHRC Standard Research Grant Competition: About $300,000 in new research money has been awarded during the 2010/11 competition to the following investigators: Ramo Gencay, David Jacks, Christoph Lueflesmann, Krishna Pendakur and Simon Woodcock [April 2011]
- SFU Community Trust Endowment Fund: Greg Dow and Arthur Robson are successful principal investigators in a multi-year project entitled `Human Evolutionary Studies Program' headed by Mark Collard (Archeology) [April 2011]
- SSHRC Standard Research Competition: Marie Rekkas has been awarded a standard research grant [May 2010]
- Marie Rekkas has been awarded the Harry Johnson Prize with Kevin Milligan for their paper "Campaign spending limits, incumbent spending, and election outcomes" published in the November 2008 issue of the Canadian Journal of Economics. This Prize awards the best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Economics in the preceding calendar year. Past Harry Johnson Prize winners affiliated with SFU are Rick Harris (1985) and Steeve Mongrain (2002). [September 2009]
- SSHRC Standard Research Grant Competition: About $230,000 in new research money has been awarded during the 2008/09 competition to the following investigators: David Andolfatto, Bertille Antoine, Alex Karaivanov and Nic Schmitt [April 2009]
- SSHRC Standard Research Grant Competition: About $120,000 of new research money has been awarded during the 2007/2008 competition to the following principal investigators: David Jacks and Arthur Robson [April 2008]
- Arthur Robson has been elected Fellow of the Econometric Society [November 2007].
- SSHRC Standard Research Grant Competition: $400,000 of new research money has been awarded during the 2006/07 competition to the following principal investigators: Heather Antecol, Jasmina Arifovic, Greg Dow, Ramo Gencay, Anke Kessler, Brian Krauth, Pascal Lavergne, Krishna Pendakur, and Marie Rekkas [April 2007].
- Emeritus Professor Parzival Copes is named Officer of the Order of Canada [October 2006].
- SFU Community Trust Endowment Fund: A major research project entitled Education Systems and Outcomes in Diverse Communities has obtained multi-year funding. The principal investigators affiliated with the Department are: Jasmina Arifovic, Jane Friesen, Nancy Olewiler and Simon Woodcock [September 2006].
- NSERC and SSHRC Standard Research Grant Competition: About $240,000 of new research money has been awarded during the 2005/06 competition to the following principal investigators: Doug Allen, David Andolfatto, Alex Karaivanov and Pascal Lavergne [April 2006].
- Richard Lipsey awarded SSHRC gold medal [December 2005].
Krishna Pendakur awarded Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence, 2011.
Arthur Robson awarded Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Arthur Robson, CRC Chair in Economic Theory and Evolution, has been awarded a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a 12 month period starting in January 2012 for a project entitled 'Biological Basis of Economic Behavior'. The Guggenheim Fellowships have been awarded annually since 1925 "to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts". in 2011 the Foundation awarded 180 fellowships out of a pool of about 3000 applicants. Arthur is joining an exceptionally distinguished group of Fellows.
Arthur Robson named Canada Research Chair in Economic Theory and Evolution, 2010-2017.
Bank of Canada Research Fellowship for Professor David Andolfatto
The Bank of Canada awarded its 2009 Research Fellowship to Professor David Andolfatto of SFU Economics. 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.
"Professor Andolfatto's outstanding work contributes to excellence in monetary policy research in this country," said Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada. "The Bank is delighted to recognize such a valuable contributor to this field." The Bank's Fellowship Program is designed to encourage leading-edge research and to develop expertise in Canada in a number of areas critical to the Bank's mandate: macroeconomics, monetary economics, international finance, as well as the economics of financial markets and institutions, including their financial stability. The Fellowship is for a five year period that includes a stipend of $50,000 per year plus $15,000 for expenses as well as $25,000 per year for research assistants.
Royal Society of Canada members
Election to Fellowship in the Society is the highest academic accolade in Canada available to scientists and scholars. SFU Economics boasts four members: Professor Lawrence Boland; Professor Richard Harris; Emeritus Professor Richard Lipsey and Professor Arthur Robson.