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SFU Economics launches 55th anniversary with panel event on the future of work

December 02, 2020

What does the future hold for the labour market? How is data science changing the market? What are the long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on business operations and the world of remote work?

These were the questions posed last Friday evening at SFU Department of Economics' 55th anniversary alumni event featuring associate professor Brian Krauth and PhD economics alumnus Rogayeh Tabrizi. Combining academic and industry perspectives, "The Future of Work: An Economics Perspective" delved into how technology, global trends, and the pandemic are changing the workforce and how businesses operate. 

If you missed the event, don't fret—you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel and at the video below.   

The panel event marks the launch of the Department's year-long celebration of its 55th anniversary which is centred around fundraising for the newly formed Economics Student Leadership Fund. Since its formation in 1964, SFU Department of Economics has always been driven by its focus on world-class research and student learning experiences. The Economics Student Leadership Fund is the embodiment of that spirit—with money from the fund going towards supporting student initiatives that enrich the educational experience and create transformative learning opportunities. 


Rogayeh Tabrizi

Co-Founder and CEO, Theory+Practice (www.tap.work)

Rogayeh leads a data science firm that specializes in bringing advanced AI/ML solutions to the financial industry. She recently received the 2020 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards' Ones to Watch Award. In addition to her extensive technical background, she has over 10 years of experience working with financial, retail and logistics companies, to help them utilize insights from their data and create a measurable path to data efficiency and subsequent exponential value for her clients. She has a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University (SFU), a MSc in experimental particle physics from SFU working on the ATLAS Detector at CERN (transferred to economics), and BSc in Physics from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran). She also spent extensive time at the Economics department at Stanford University visiting Matthew Jackson. 

Brian Krauth

Associate Professor and Acting Chair, SFU Department of Economics

Brian Krauth has been a faculty member in SFU Economics since 1999, following completion of his PhD at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His academic career has spanned several fields of applied microeconomics including labour economics, the economics of education, and applied microeconometrics. He has developed novel methods of measuring and interpreting social influences on individual choices and outcomes, as well as methods for analyzing the sensitivity of empirical results to key assumptions. His applied work has covered questions such as the importance of peer behaviour on youth smoking, the influence of classmates on a student’s learning outcomes, and the impact of educational interventions such as English language support and full day Kindergarten.