I joined the economics department at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1995 with a PhD in Economics from the University of Alberta. I have taught a variety of undergraduate economics courses and have taught graduate students in both the Master of Arts in Business Economics and the Master of International Public Policy programs. I also served as the Director of the Master of International Public Policy program for several years. As an expert on equalization in Canada, I have been invited to participate in numerous roundtables and workshops on equalization sponsored by the Privy Council’s Office, the C. D. Howe Institute and the Expert Panel on Equalization.
My research is concentrated in the areas of public economics and public policy, emphasizing issues relating to fiscal federalism, intergovernmental grants and equalization. There are unique challenges to the design and implementation of public policy in a federal state like Canada. Federal and provincial governments jointly occupy all major tax fields, expenditure responsibilities are constitutionally determined and sometimes shared and intergovernmental grants from federal to provincial governments are a significant feature of the fiscal and political landscape. My recent work focuses specifically on climate change policies, on elderly drivers and licensing reform in Canada, and on the tradeoffs between centralized and decentralized policy options.
I am willing to supervise graduate students who are interested in working in the area of public economics. Research topics for past supervisions include cigarette taxes and tax competition, housing prices and landfills, traffic roundabouts and safety, corporate income taxes and income shifting.