Another indication of the school’s strength in research is that nine faculty members (Siwan Anderson, Matilde Bombardini, Mauricio Drelichman, Nicole Fortin, Patrick Francois, John Helliwell, Joseph Henrich, Marit Rehavi, and Francesco Trebbi) are affiliated with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). This is an elite research group that brings together leading researchers from across Canada and around the world to work collaboratively.
For more information about recent honours and awards for research conducted by faculty, students and alumni of the Vancouver School of Economics, please visit our News postings on research.
Notable Research Awards Won by Faculty
- Thomas Lemieux is the 2014 Insight Award winner, and a 2013 Nominee, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project which has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.
- Erwin Diewert is the only economist in Canada who is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, one of the highest honours in economics. He also received the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Prize (2002).
- Five faculty members (Paul Beaudry, Michael Devereux, Thomas Lemieux, Li Hao, and Michael Peters) are recipients of the Rae Prize, which is awarded biennially since 1994 to the Canadian economist who has made the most significant contribution to the field of study over the past five years.
- Four faculty have been honoured as Bank of Canada Research Fellows (Paul Beaudry, Michael Devereux, Thomas Lemieux and Francesco Trebbi). This Fellows program supports the leading senior macroeconomists in the country.
- In 2008, the Bank of Canada created the Governor’s Award to recognize and support the leading junior macroeconomist in Canada, and the first award went to Henry Siu from the Vancouver School of Economics. The school was honoured again when Francesco Trebbi won the award in 2012, and Matilde Bombardini won it in 2015.
- Professors Craig Riddell (2013) and Nicole Fortin (2014) are winners of the prestigious Mike McCracken Award for Economic Statistics, presented by the Canadian Economics Association. The national award recognizes both theoretical and applied contributions of all sorts that have contributed in important ways to the development or use of official economic statistics.
- Professor Brian Copeland won the 2013 Enduring Paper Award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. The award recognizes his much cited (over 1,000 Google Citations) paper, “Is Free Trade Good for the Environment”.
- The Purvis Prize is awarded annually for a work of excellence on Canadian economic policy; five faculty members from the School have been awarded this prize (Craig Riddell, Kevin Milligan (twice), Erwin Diewert, David Green and Brian Copeland).
- Professors David Green and Craig Riddell are Research Fellows of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Research fellows contribute to the IRPP’s programs by providing advice and counsel on strategic research directions.
- Associate Professor Francesco Trebbi received the prestigious UBC Killam Research Prize in recognition of his outstanding research and scholarly contributions to the field of economics and the UBC community.
- Professor Joseph Henrich (Economics and Psychology) is a winner of a 2012 UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship.
- Two faculty members have won the National Tax Association Award, an annual North American-wide competition for outstanding doctoral dissertations in government finance and taxation: Assistant Professor Joshua Gottlieb (2012) and Associate Professor Kevin Milligan (2002).