Wendy Wai Yee Kei


I lecture at the Vancouver School of Economics and I am a full-time Economist at Statistics Canada. I teach macroeconomics, econometrics, and international finance courses at intermediate level.

I have previously served in research roles at the Bank of Canada, specializing in projects on credit and monetary aggregates. I co-authored the backgrounder article on the Bank of Canada’s Senior Loan Officer Survey and was one of the creators of the Bank of Canada’s Credit Conditions and the Senior Loan Officer Survey affiliated websites.

My primary research fields are public finance, labour economics, and applied econometrics, with a special interest in household finance and aging-related contexts. My research has garnered a number of graduate awards, including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Albert Whiteley Memorial Fellowship from the University of British Columbia for public policy research.

In addition to my Ph.D. degree in Economics, I received my Master of Science in Business Administration and my Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degrees from the University of British Columbia. My Bachelor’s degree was accompanied by numerous awards such as the Air Canada Outstanding Student Award, Top Investment Student Award, and the Most Outstanding Female Finance Student Award. I passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination on first attempt and will be eligible for the CFA charter upon completion of required work experience.


Published Policy Papers

Examining the effect of public pension benefits on the low income of senior immigrants (with Marc-David L. Seidel, Dennis Ma, and Marjan Houshmand), Statistics Canada Insights on Canadian Society. December 3, 2019. Catalogue No. 75-006-X.


The Bank of Canada’s Senior Loan Officer Survey (with Umar Faruqui and Paul Gilbert), Bank of Canada Review, Autumn 2008, 55-62.



Work in progress

Bridging the gap in family concepts through the use of data integration and low-income measures

Presented at the:

  • Canadian Research Data Centre Network 2019 Conference, Halifax, Canada (October 2019)


Immigration and housing for the near-retirees

Presented at the:

  • 49th Annual Canadian Economics Association Conference, Toronto, Canada (May 2015)
  • 2018 International Association for Applied Econometrics Conference, Montréal, Canada (June 2018)


Public pensions and elderly immigrants’ labour supply decisions

Presented at the:

  • 50th Annual Canadian Economics Association Conference, Ottawa, Canada (June 2016)
  • Canadian Research Data Centre Network 2017 Conference, Montréal, Canada (November 2017)



Winter 2019

ECON302 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis I Sections

Income and employment theory, monetary theory, the open economy, economic fluctuations and growth. Credit will be granted for only one of ECON 302, ECON 305, or ECON 309.

Winter 2019

ECON326 Methods of Empirical Research in Economics Sections

Techniques of empirical economic research. Topics include simple and multiple regression, time series analysis, and simultaneous equation estimation. Students will be required to undertake applied work. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

Winter 2019

ECON356 Introduction to International Finance Sections

Exchange rate policy regimes; international financial organizations; the interaction between monetary policy and exchange rate regimes; financial crises.