Richard G. Lipsey Award

The Richard G. Lipsey Award is given to the continuing PhD student with the best comprehensive exam results at the end of their first year. This award is named after emeritus professor Richard Lipsey, who has held professional posts at the London School of Economics, Essex University, and Queen's University, in addition to visiting posts at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Manchester, and the University of British Columbia.

2021 - Dian Hong

After finishing his master's degree at the University of Alberta, Dian Hong decided to join SFU to further his education and pursue higher academic performance. A second year PhD student, his research interests are auction theory and applied microeconomics. He plans to stay in academia after completing his studies.


2021 - Kiarash Hosseini

Kiarash started his Ph.D. in economics at SFU in 2020, after completing his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and his master’s degree in economics. Kiarash’s research focus is on applied econometrics, political economy, and labor economics.

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Past winners

2020: Azraf Ahmad

Azraf is a second-year PhD student in economics at SFU. After finishing his Masters at SFU, he decided to pursue further education to study the interaction of politics, culture, institutions, and the economy. Azraf got into Economics in the hope that his work will help understand how to make economic development more inclusive and productive.

2020: Hung Truong 

Born and raised in Sai Gon, Vietnam, Hung Truong is a second-year PhD student in economics at SFU. After completing his Bachelor's degree in Economics at Singapore (SIM) and California (UCSD), he joined SFU in 2018 to pursue graduate training in Economics. Hung enjoys exploring outcome of collective behavior of individuals in both computational and experimental environments. His research interests include monetary policy, behavioral economics and evolution of choice. Hung likes to share and exchange economic understanding with his students. Aside from all this, Hung is a novice hiker and tennis player.

2019: Zhifeng Sun

Zhifeng is a second-year PhD student in economics at SFU. After finishing his master's degree program in economics and finance at CEMFI, Madrid, he joined SFU in pursuit of research in development and political economics. One of his research interests is to study the evolution of social norms brought by the emergence of new economy, new social media and migration. 

  • 2018: Marieh Azizirad

About the Donor

Richard George Lipsey, FRSC, OC, Fellow of the Econometric Society, and Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, has held professorial posts at the London School of Economics and Essex University in England, and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, as well as visiting professorships at Yale, the University of California at Berkeley, Manchester, and the University of British Columbia. He was Senior Economic Advisor, C.D. Howe Institute (1983-89) and Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (1989-2002).