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Assistant professor


On leave
Office: BEC 374 250-472-5948
PhD (U of M)
Area of expertise:
Economic history, labour economics


Rob Gillezeau joined the Department of Economics at the start of 2016. Before joining the department he served as the chief economist in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa.

While on leave from 2017 until 2019 he served as the senior aide to the Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier of British Columbia. He received his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.


  • economic history
  • Indigenous economics 
  • labour economics
  • public policy


  • ECON 410A, Problems of Canadian Microeconomic Policy​
  • ECON 327, Economic History of North America

Selected publications

  • Gillezeau, R. and Cunningham, J.P., 2019. "Don’t shoot! The impact of historical African American protest on police killings of civilians," Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
  • Gillezeau, R. and Cunningham, J.P., 2018. "Racial Differences in Police Use of Force: Evidence from the 1960s Civil Disturbances," AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108.
  • Gilleazeau, R. and Feir, D., 2018. "Return to the homeland? The impact of the great recession on employment outcomes and labour mobility for Native Americans," Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, 1-15.
  • Gillezeau, R. and Cunningham, J.P., 2018. "The effects of the neighbourhood legal services program on riots and the wealth of African Americans," Russell Sage Foundation.  

Journal articles

  • "Expenditures, efficiency, and distribution: advice for the 43rd Canadian parliament" (with Trevor Tombe), Canadian Tax Journal March 2020.
  • "Don’t shoot! The impact of historical African American protest on police killings of civilians" (with Jamein Cunningham), Journal of Quantitative Criminology, December 2019. 
  • "A Ferguson effect, the drug epidemic, both or neither? Explaining the 2015 and 2016 US homicide rises by race and ethnicity" (with Jamein Cunningham and Shytierra Gaston), Homicide Studies, May 2019, 23(3):285-313 .

Other publications

  • Building British Columbia’s Recovery Together: Proposals for a Just Recovery, with Maria Dobrinskaya, Alex Himelfarb, and Jamison Steeve, Broadbent Institute, 2020. 
  • Recommendations for Short Run Municipal Policy Responses to COVID-19, with Gillian Petit and Lindsay Tedds, Policy Options, 2020.
  • Recommendations for Immediate Provincial Policy Responses to COVID19, with Gillian Petit and Lindsay Tedds, C.D. Howe Institute, 2020.