Jasmina Arifovic is a professor and the associate chair in the department of economics at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. She received a B.A. in economics from the University of Sarajevo in 1981 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1991. Her previous academic positions include assistant professor at McGill University from 1990 to 1993 and assistant professor at Simon Fraser University from 1993 to 1997.

Dr. Arifovic's work includes—but is not limited to—evolutionary models of personal beliefs, computational design, currency crises, financial markets and exchange rates dynamics. She uses laboratory experiments in several fields of economics, models of learning in various trading institutions and mechanisms for providing public goods. She has pioneered techniques in computational modeling and uses her work to provide explanations for real world phenomenon that traditional models have been unable to explain.

Contact Information

Room WMC 3631

Department of Economics
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC
V5A 1S6

Phone: 778 782 5603
Fax: 778 782 5944


Professor, Simon Fraser University, Department of Economics, 2002 - present
Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, Department of Economics, 1997 - 2002
Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Department of Economics, 1993-1997
Assistant Professor, McGill University, Department of Economics, 1990-1993

Visiting Positions

University of Bordeaux 4, Visiting Schoar, June 2011
Erasmus Mundus Scholar, University of Bielefeld, May 2009.
Visiting Scholar, Ecole Federale Polytechnique Lausanne, August 2008, August 2009.
California Institute of Technology, September 2002 - present, Research Associate
Chapman University, Economic Science Institute, September 2011 - present, Research Associate
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Visiting Scholar, December1991, December 2003, August 2005, October 2007.
Lecturer at the Seventh Trento Summer School in “Agent-based Models in Finance”, organized by Cars Hommes and Thomas Lux, July 1 - 12, 2007.
ERMES, University Pantheon-Assas (Paris II), Visiting Scholar, 2001 - 2007
Lecturer at the Third Trento Summer School in “Adaptive Economic Dynamics”, organized by Peter Howitt, July 1 - 12, 2002.
European Central Bank, December 1999, Visiting Researcher
International Monetary Fund, Research Department, August 1999, Visiting Scholar
University of Amsterdam, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Finance, May/June 1999, Visiting Scholar
International Monetary Fund, Research Department, April 1999, Visiting Scholar.
Pompeu Fabra University, September - December 1998, Visiting Scholar
Santa Fe Institute, May 1998, Visiting Scholar
University of Southern California, Fall 1996, Visiting Assistant Professor

Other Professional Activities

Director, Centre for Research on Adaptive Behaviour in Economics, CRABE, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University
Director, Turing Tournament, California Institute of Technology.
Associate Editor, Macroeconomic Dynamics, since October 2004.
Organizer of the Workshop in Experimental Economics, Simon Fraser University, May 22-23, 2009.

Referee Work:

  • American Economic Review
  • Canadian Journal of Economics
  • Computational Economics
  • Credit and Banking
  • Econometrica
  • Games and Economic Behavior
  • Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
  • Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control
  • Journal of Economic Surveys
  • Journal of Evolutionary Economics
  • Journal of International Economics
  • Journal of Money
  • Journal of Monetary Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • Journal of Public Economics
  • Macroeconomic Dynamics
  • National Science Foundation
  • Review of Economic Design
  • Review of Economic Studies
  • Review of Economic Studies
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Educating students and fostering talent within the study of economics and other related fields.

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Decades of experience teaching, lecturing and conducting experimental research

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Extensive research in a number of economic fields with publications in top journals

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