The Centre for Innovative Data in Economics Research (CIDER), based out of the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, is a hub for data-driven economics research and fosters innovative data-intensive research focused on economics and related fields.

CIDER creates and supports unique opportunities for faculty and students to engage in new uses of data to uncover insights about the economy, society, and the environment.


We offer the following support to our researchers:
  • Liaise around UBC and in the community to solve administrative problems for researchers
  • Facilitate and support existing initiatives and explore ways to foster new collaboration
  • Provide assistance with the administrative preparation of grant proposals
  • Help communicate economics research at UBC and beyond thereby maximizing its impact
  • Provide assistance to launch and administer future inter-university initiatives
  • Ensure students access training opportunities and build experience with research projects
For inquiries, please contact Jay Shankar at




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CIDER supports work that breaks new ground to combine the data science of statistics, computational methods, and machine learning, with the social science of economics. This innovative research uses big data to ask big questions about the world we live in and where we’re headed.

As a leader in data-driven economics research, our centre is at the forefront of this emerging academic field. I am excited that as a centre we can offer the support, resources, and network for faculty and students to take their research to the next level.

We welcome opportunities to collaborate with researchers and institutions through grant giving, conferences, workshops, exchanges, and visits.

Our funding is generously provided by the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Program, and I would invite you to learn more about the unique work we do with your visit to this page.

Thank you for stopping by.

–           Prof. Henry Siu, Interim CIDER Academic Director