2013 Inaugural Fall Conference

The renaming of UBC’s Department of Economics to the Vancouver School of Economics this past year has been a major achievement and milestone. To celebrate this accomplishment, we are pleased to invite you to our inaugural Fall Conference on Friday, September 20, 2013 in Vancouver, B.C.

The event is a full-day academic conference with an agenda of renowned international speakers, joined by members of the School’s faculty. This day will include four seminars, a keynote luncheon address, a keynote alumni address and a wrap-up reception… and registration is free!  The conference will be held at UBC Robson Square, Friday, September 20, 2013, from 9:00am – 5:30pm, with a reception to follow.

Keynote Speakers

Lunch Keynote Closing Alumni Keynote
David Card, UC Berkeley Rob Feenstra, UC Davis
“The Rising Importance of Firms in Labour Market Outcomes” “Does International Trade Raise Incomes and How Do We Know?”


Presenter: Nathan Nunn, Harvard University
Discussant: Siwan Anderson, University of British Columbia
“The Roots of Economic Underdevelopment”


Presenter: Dave Donaldson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Discussant: Matilde Bombardini, University of British Columbia
“The Elusive Pro-competitive Effects of Trade”


Presenter: Martin Eichenbaum, Northwestern University
Discussant: Viktoria Hnatkovska, University of British Columbia
“Unemployment and Business Cycles”


Presenter: Scott Taylor, University of Calgary
Discussant: Keith Head, University of British Columbia
“Back to the Future of Green Powered Economies”

Program & Speakers Bios

Please click here for the program and click here for the speaker’s and discussant’s bios.


Seminars and Reception Lunch Keynote
UBC Robson Square Theatre Map Law Courts Inn
800 Robson Square, Vancouver, BC 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC
V6Z 3B7 One Block from Robson Square


Thank you to everyone who has registered!  Event registration is now FULL. If you wish to be put on a WAITLIST for a seat, please email the following information to admin.VSE@ubc.ca, and include the word “Waitlist” in the title of your email. Please note that we will only contact you if a seat at the conference becomes available.

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