Nancy Olewiler



Nancy Olewiler is an economist and Professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. Her PhD is in economics from the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to SFU’s Economics Department in 1990, Nancy was in the Economics Department at Queen’s University.

Nancy’s areas of research focus on public policy, including climate policy, natural resources, energy, and regulation and risk. She has published in academic journals, edited books, provided reports for governments, has written two widely used textbooks, and teaches graduate courses in policy analysis, economics, and regulation.

Nancy has served on a number of boards of directors including BC Hydro, Powertech, Pembina Institute, and TransLink. She is currently a member of the Mitigation Panel for the Canadian Institute of Climate Choices, and serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, Technical Safety BC, and Genome BC. Nancy also chairs the Macroeconomic Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada. 

Research Interests

  • Climate Policy, Environmental Economics, Natural Resources, Energy, Regulation and Risk

Selected Publications


N. Olewiler and B. Field. Environmental Economics, Third Canadian Edition, Toronto:  McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2011.


Olewiler, N. and S. Bowman. “Environmental Taxation” in Kerr, H., McKenzie, K, and J. Mintz, eds. Tax Policy in Canada . Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2012.

Olewiler, N. “The 2009 Federal Budget and the Environment: Missed Opportunities and Misguided Directions” in C.M. Beach, B. Dahlby, and P.A.R. Hobson, eds., The 2009 Federal Budget, Challenge, Response, and Retrospect . McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.

Olewiler, N. “Epilogue: Lessons from Copenhagen for Canadian Climate Policy” in T.J. Courchene and J.R. Allan, eds., Carbon Pricing and the Environment, Canada: the State of the Federation. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.

Olewiler, N 2007 “Securing Natural Capital and Ecological Goods and Services for Canada” Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy. In A Canadian Priorities Agenda, Policy Choices to Improve Economic and Social Well-Being. Edited by J. Leonard, C. Ragan, and F. St-Hilaire.


Dow, G., Reed, C., and Olewiler, N. (2009) “Climate Reversals and the Transition to Agriculture” Journal of Economic Growth 14, No. 1: 27-53.

Olewiler, N. (2009) “Advice to Michael Ignatieff:  ‘Green the Liberals: Yes you Can” Inroads 25, Summer/Fall 2009: 44-47.


Olewiler, N. 2012 "Smart Environmental Regulation with Full Cost Pricing" University of Calgary, School of Public Policy Research Paper, Vol 5, No. 6, March 2012.

Olewiler, N 2008 "A Cap and Trade System for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in British Columbia: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Western Climate Initiative Design Proposal" Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. White Paper.

Olewiler, N Mintz, J. 2008 A Simple Approach for Bettering the Environment and the Economy: Restructuring the Federal Fuel Excise Tax. University of Ottawa: Sustainable Prosperity.