media release

SFU economist nets research prize

June 05, 2014

Arthur Robson, 778.782.4669;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


The Canadian Economics Association (CEA) has awarded Simon Fraser University economics professor Arthur Robson its $10,000 John Rae Prize for his outstanding research over the past five years.

Robson, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Economic Theory and Evolution, is the first SFU faculty member to receive this award. His research, which bridges biology, anthropology and economics, seeks to understand how evolution influences the strategies that humans employ over time, under uncertainty and in interactions with each other.

For example, he has recently analyzed the current debate on global warming by considering how biological evolution affects humans’ level of impatience.

His research reveals that the rate at which individuals might discount the future is higher than the rate at which society might discount it. The finding, he says, has implications for public policies related to global warming.

“It suggests that greater efforts should be made to offset global warming than is implied by models that discount the future using estimates of individuals' impatience levels,” says Robson.

Robson’s research is frequently published in top economics journals, including The American Economic Review, Econometrica and Theoretical Economics.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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