Research Visit

Had a great visit at Grand Valley State University to work with my coauthors Dan Giedeman and Kuhelika De on our paper Macroeconomic Shocks and Racial Labour Market Differences. Looking forward to having this under review shortly. Was great to get to meet Sebastian Linde and Christopher Cruz this visit as well!

Sabbatical 2019

Just a quick note that I am on leave until January 2020. I hope to move a number of projects along over the coming months and so hopefully will see a few publications in the coming 6-9 months. I’ll be sure to update any news here.

Defence & Security Economics Workshop

Just back from a great time at the Defence and Security Economics Workshop in Ottawa. Really enjoyed my time on the panel discussing Eli Berman’s fantastic new book Small Wars, Big Data! I highly recommend the book to those interested in the study of terrorism, civil wars, and foreign interventions. As always, big thanks to…

ACEA 2018

Just returned from a great trip to the Atlantic Canada Economics Association Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I presented my paper “The Tax-Spending Nexus: Canadian Provincial Evidence” with Wayne Simpson (Manitoba). Thanks to Herb Emery (UNB) for putting together the session, and to all the conference organizers for putting together a great weekend!! It was…

New Paper Forthcoming

My paper “Racial Differentials in the Wealth Effects of the Financial Crisis and Great Recession” is now forthcoming in the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy. This is joint with Dan Giedeman and Leslie Muller. This was my first time working with Leslie and it was a great experience, thank you to her and Dan…

New Paper Forthcoming

“Banking and Inequality: US State Evidence” is now forthcoming at the Social Science Journal. This paper is joint with Chen Xu, Daniel Giedeman, and Gary Hoover. Congratulations to Chen Xu on his first publication as a graduate student in the economics PhD program at the University of Oklahoma.

CEA 2018

Just returned from a great trip to the Canadian Economics Association Meetings in Montreal. I presented my paper “The Tax-Spending Nexus: Canadian  Provincial Evidence” with Wayne Simpson (Manitoba) at a great session chaired by Bev Dahlby (Calgary). Big thanks to Marcelin Joanis (Polytechnique Montreal) for amazing comments as the discussant on the paper!!

New Institutional Economics

With the semester over I figured I’d post the course outline for my recently completed Honours/Grad course in New Institutional Economics. I will definitely update it over the coming months to try and incorporate new papers and topics, so if any of you work/teach in this area and have suggestions please get in touch! Thanks!


Big congratulations to Betsy Troutt, Laura Brown, and Hikmet Gunay on their promotions to Full Professor, and Ryan Godwin on his promotion to Associate Professor, as part of the Economics and Econometrics Group at the University of Manitoba!! Well deserved!

Lakehead University

Just recently returned from presenting my work “Racial Differentials in the Wealth Effects of the Financial Crisis and Great Recession” (coauthored with Dan Giedeman and Leslie Muller of GVSU) at the economics department of Lakehead University. Had a great day there and really appreciate my fantastic host Karl Skogstad, all the members of the economics…