|"The human right to water entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use." — United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. (UNICEF)|
Professors in the Department of Economics are actively engaged in research and consulted as experts on a wide variety of topics.
Recent working papers published by faculty members include: Canadian Retirement Security: A New Reality of Low Returns? by Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald and Lars Osberg; The Hunger of Old Women in Rural Tranzania: How Subjective Data Could Improve Poverty Management by Thadeus Mboghoina and Lars Osberg; Brand-Name and Generic Drug Pricing in a Regulated Envrionment: Findings from Canadian Data by Zhe (Jerry) Ren, Ingrid Sketris, and Kuan Xu; Theoretical Considerations and Implications of Low Income Threshold Choices to Low Income Dynamics: A Case Study for Canada from 1999 to 2007 by Zhe (Jerry) Ren and Kuan Xu; Allocative Inefficiency and Sectoral Allocation of Labor: Evidence From US Structural Transformation by Talan Iscan; and "Running With Two Legs": Why Poverty Remains High in Tanzania and What To Do About It by Lars Osberg and Amarakoon Bandara.
Several professors with the department are also affiliated with SPHERE, the Social Policy, Health and Economics Research Unit. The aims of SPHERE are to support research on the determinants of income, health and well-being of people in Canada and internationally.