Morley Gunderson Lecture in Labour | Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University): “Real Wages over Time and Space (The McWages Project)”


This year’s Morley Gunderson Lecture in Labour Economics and Industrial Relations is being held Friday, November 11th, 4:30-6:00 pm.

The speaker is Orley Ashenfelter, Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics at Princeton University.

His talk is entitled, “Real wage rates over time and space (The McWages Project).”

Professor Ashenfelter is a pioneer in empirical labour economics:

The talk is open to everyone, but we are requested to register in order to estimate attendance (chairs, etc.):

Rotman Research Roundtable on Gender + the Economy – Rotman School of Management – November 16, 2016


New Challenges For Big Data In Economics And Finance Conference – The Fields Institute


Immigration and the Future of Canadian Society

The second SD Clark Symposium, “Immigration and the Future of Canadian Society,” will be held at Hart House on 4 November. It will feature leading experts on the subject.



C. Malim Harding lecture in Political Economy on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 pm in in VDCCF at Munk

Lecture Topic:  ‘Understanding the 2016 U.S. Election
Our speaker is Theda Skocpol who is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, a [U.S.] national organization that encourages public engagement by university-based scholars. 
“Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University.  At Harvard, she has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies.  In 2002-03, she served as President of the American Political Science Association.  She has been elected to membership in all three major U.S. interdisciplinary honor societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences.  Skocpol’s research focuses on health reform, social policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy.  Current projects include tracking the implementation of health reform in the U.S. states; analyzing the dynamics of local Tea Party groups; and probing how the Democratic Party has handled – and mishandled – political battles over taxes and public revenues.  Her most recent books are Health Care Reform and American Politics (2012, with Lawrence R. Jacobs), The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (2012, with Vanessa Williamson), and Obama and America’s Political Future (2012).  In addition to her teaching, research, and service in academia, Skocpol currently directs the Scholars Strategy Network, , a national organization she co-founded in 2009 that encourages public engagement by university-based scholars.  Skocpol speaks regularly to community groups and writes for blogs and public-interest magazines. She has met with groups of Congressional Democrats and attended White House sessions that included the president during the Clinton years.”
More details will follow closer to the lecture.

Bank of Canada Competition announcement


The Bank of Canada has announced it will hold its second Governor’s Challenge this year. Last year, the St. George Team won their division and competed in the National finals in Ottawa. Prof. Michelle

Alexopoulos and Prof. Martin Burda have agreed to coach this year’s team from the St. George campus. Attached you will find the description of the competition, with additional information available at


St. George students interested in participating in the competition should send an e-mail to with the subject “Bank of Canada Competition”.  In the e-mail, interested parties should give a brief statement as to why they are interested in participating in the

competition and attached a pdf version of their recent transcript. To be eligible, the student’s primary affiliation must be on the St.George campus.


Next Steps Conference

The Department of Economics invites you to attend the 2016 Next Steps Conference, a two-day conference for students thinking about their path after graduation.

With a variety of speakers, industry panels, personal and professional development seminars and networking opportunities, Next Steps lets you explore options you may not have even known you had. And, over 150 alumni speakers and networking guests will be on hand to share their knowledge and connect with you!

DATE  April 29th & 30th, 2016

LOCATION    U of T’s Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street

 No cost to attend / Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the event

 Visit the conference website to view the full conference schedule and a list of confirmed speakers.

 Interested in attending? Register online today!

Questions? Feel free to email



Department of Economics 2016 Award for Excellence in Teaching by Teaching Assistants – deadline for nominations May 1, 2016

The Department of Economics Award for Excellence in Teaching by Teaching Assistants has been established to recognize outstanding contributions in teaching by Economics teaching assistants.

Nominations for the award may be made by students in Economics classes, Economics faculty and sessional instructors. The award will be advertised on the Department of Economics web-site, via e-mail, and posted on Department Bulletin Boards. Please refer to the attached for eligibility, selection and nomination process details.


Nominations must be submitted to the Graduate Assistant, (Department of Economics, 150 St.

George St., Room GE 166), by May 1, 2016.Eco Dept TA Teaching Award 2016

Research Assistant Position in Economics

Summer job description:  research assistant in economics


The department of economics is looking for a full-time research assistant who will engage in designing and building a database to track the performance of its alumni.  The research assistant will also have the opportunity to engage in analysis of the data collected, using statistical software such as STATA.


Qualifications: we are looking for a senior-undergraduate student with strong excel skills. The successful candidate must be organized, independent and self-motivated.

Prior experience with database management will be an asset.  Prior knowledge of econometrics is an asset, as is experience with data analysis.  Preference will be given to candidates with a prior knowledge of STATA.


Timing and hours:   35 hours per week for 12 weeks, beginning early May.

If interested, submit a CV, cover letter and any evidence of data analysis and econometric skills to Professor Hamilton by April 29, 2016:   (email Subject: Summer RA Alumni Job)

Hands on summer program for students interested in innovation, design and social justice

In the past decade there has been a growing interest in design thinking and the way it can be used to solve complex social and policy problems. We are emailing you today to inform you of an upcoming opportunity for students interested in design, innovation, and social justice, who might be looking for concrete ways to approach public sector innovation.  At the end of this summer, the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution will be running a week long design project for post-secondary students at Osgoode Hall Law School. The project focus will be on justice system innovation, and students who attend will learn cutting edge innovation tools and methodologies – social impact design, empathy design, and design thinking – and apply them over the course of the week to a specific access to justice challenge.

This year, the Justice Design Project (JDP) will run from August 29 to September 2, 2016 at the law school. The “early bird” fee for the week is $599.00 and $699.00 thereafter. Subsidies are available for students who demonstrate financial need.

If you know of any students who might be interested in the project, or would like to learn more about the initiative yourself, feel free to contact me directly ( For more information about the JDP you may also want to check out this video taken by Canadian Lawyer 4Students Magazine..Justice Design

We would greatly appreciate if you could please circulate this email and poster to any student groups or other organizations that might have interested members.