I received an MA and PhD in economics, and hold a graduate certificate in New Institutional Social Sciences, from Washington University.

My research interests include growth, inequality, institutions, financial markets, and defense economics. I serve on the editorial boards of Defence and Peace Economics, as well as the recently established Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, and have published in a range of economics journals, including the American Economic Review (P&P), Defence and Peace Economics, Economics and Politics, European Journal of Political Economy, and Public Finance Review, as well as law journals such as the Banking and Finance Law Review, Canadian Business Law Journal, and the Columbia Journal of Tax Law.

I am a Professor of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Manitoba and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. I am also Past-President of the Canadian Development Economics Study Group, and have been a visitor at the Central Bank of Brazil, University of Western Ontario , and the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Prior to academia I held positions in the Accelerated Economist Program and the Department of Finance of the Canadian government.

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