Dr. Jen Baggs

Dr. Jen Baggs
Associate Professor


BA in Economics, University of Alberta; MA in Economics, University of British Columbia; PhD in Commerce, University of British Columbia

Office: BEC 248


  • Canada-US free trade
  • Exchange rates

Dr. Jen Baggs is an economist working with the Gustavson School of Business. Her primary research interests are in international trade and industrial organization. Her current research explores how free trade agreements and exchange rate fluctuations affect firm survival, growth and financial structure; international trade in hazardous waste; and the effects of competition on incentive based contracts, effort and performance.

Jen conducts her research in association with Statistics Canada and hopes her research will help Canadian businesses both take advantage of the opportunities, and insulate themselves from the threats, created by freer trade and fluctuating currencies.. She is a winner of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics Young Economists' Award, and the Canadian Economics Association’s Robert Mundell Prize.

Jen has a cross-appointment with the Department of Economics and teaches in the areas of international business, statistics and economics.

Before joining the University of Victoria, she was an assistant professor at Queen’s University.

Baggs. J., Beaulieu, E., & Fung, L. (2014). Persistent effects of transitory exchange rate shocks on firm dynamics. Contemporary Economic Policy, 32(2), 334-350.

Baggs, J., de Bettignies, J. & Ries, J. (2013).  Product market competition and returns to talent. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 22(3), 569-593.

Fung, L., Baggs, J. & Beaulieu, E. (2011).  Plant Scale and Exchange-Rate-Induced Productivity Growth. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 20(4), 1197-1230.

Baggs, J., Beaulieu, E. & Fung, L. (2010). Are Service Firms Affected by Exchange Rate Movements? Review of Income and Wealth, 56(1), 156-176.

Baggs, J., Beaulieu, E. & Fung, L. (2009). Firm Survival, Performance, and Exchange Rates. Canadian Journal of Economics, 42(2), 393-421.

Baggs, J. (2009). International Trade in Hazardous Waste. Review of International Economics, 17(1), 1-16.

Baggs, J. & de Bettigines, J.E.. (2007). Product Market Competition and Agency Costs. Journal of Industrial Economics, 55(2), 289-323.

Baggs, J. & Brander, J. (2006). Trade Liberalization and Financial Leverage. Journal of International Business Studies, 37(2), 196-211.

Baggs, J. (2005). Firm Survival and Exit in Response to Trade Liberalization. Canadian Journal of Economics, 38(4), 1364-1383.

  • Gustavson Award for Excellence in Service (2010)
  • European Association for Research in Industrial Economics Young Economists' Award
  • Canadian Economics Association’s Robert Mundell Prize
  • Statistics (MBA)
  • Economics (MBA)

UVic KnowlEdge, January 2015: Shopping for Answers

Dr. Jenn Baggs is an Economist and Professor with the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. In this video, Jen discusses her research on how Canadian firms adapt to change in foreign competition.