Research Podcast

Learn more about some of the research that takes place at SFU Economics! Listen as our graduate students and award-winning faculty members discuss their research and their take on economics topics. 

Our research podcast series concluded its run in 2019. Thank you for listening! 

Kevin Schnepel on the Economics of Crime

June 3, 2019

In this conversation with PhD student Marieh Azizirad, Kevin Schnepel describes his interesting and roundabout path to economics and, in particular, the economics of crime. He walks us through a recent paper on the effects of giving accused criminals second chances and discusses the policy implications of his work in general.

Doug Allen on How to Apply Economics

May 6, 2019

PhD student Shirleen Manzur talks to SFU Economics Professor Doug Allen. Doug is well known on campus not only for his research but also his passionate and engaging teaching style, for which he has won a number of awards. Doug tells us a little about his personal history with economics and gives us his take on how the discipline should--and shouldn't--be applied.

David Andolfatto on Cryptocurrencies

January 3, 2019

David Andolfatto is not only a professor of Economics at SFU, he’s also a vice president of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. In this episode, PhD student Shirleen Manzur interviews David about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of his main interests. Among other things, David and Shirleen talk about the pros and cons of cryptocurrencies, their role in the economy now and in the future, and how they can be regulated by the government.

Bertille Antoine on Econometrics

November 20, 2018

This episode we’re bringing you Associate Professor Bertille Antoine in an interview with PhD candidate Thomas Vigie. Today’s show is all about econometrics: what it is, how Bertille got interested in it, and her recent work in the field. Thomas and Bertille discuss the relationship between economics research and decision making in public policy, and also the possibility of a widening gap between theoretical and applied research in economics.

David Jacks on International Trade and Economic History

October 10, 2018

This episode we bring you professor David Jacks interviewed by PhD student Ricardo Meilman Cohn. David specializes in international trade and economic history. He describes his latest research on the effects of alcohol prohibition in the United States and the role history plays in economics generally. David also gives his take on current international trade wars and the legalization of marijuana—all from a historical perspective.

Chris Bidner on Applied Economics

September 4, 2018

This episode features Associate Professor Chris Bidner in a conversation with Garrett Petersen, one of our PhD students. Chris and Garrett touch on a number of topics, including: applied economics, Chris' recent work on gender roles in marriage, and advice for prospective graduate and undergraduate students. You may recognize Garrett from his own podcast, the Economics Detective. You can check out that at