Dr. M. Christopher Auld

Dr. M. Christopher Auld
Associate Professor
Office: BEC 348

PhD (Queen's)

Area of expertise

Health economics, microeconometrics

Chris Auld is an applied econometrician who studies issues in health behavior, the labor market, and education.


  • Econometrics
  • Health
  • Labour
  • Education


  • ECON 318, Health Economics
  • ECON 486, Topics in Econometrics: Advanced Applied Econometrics
  • ECON 524, Health Economics
  • ECON 548, Applied Econometric Modelling
  • ECON 565, The Econometrics of Cross-section Data

Selected publications

  • Feir, D. and Auld, M.C., forthcoming. Indian Residential Schools, Height, and Body Mass Post-1930, Canadian Journal of Economics
  • Auld, M.C.and M. Zarrabi, 2015. Long-Term Effects of Tobacco Prices Faced by Adolescents, Forum for Health Economics and Policy 18 (1): 1-24.
  • McLaren, L., M. Zarrabi, D.J. Dutton, C. Auldand JCH Emery, 2012. Child care: implications for overweight/obesity in Canadian children? Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada 33(1):
  • Stockwell, T., C. Auld, J. Zhao and G. Martin, 2012. Does minimum pricing reduce alcohol consumption? The experience of a Canadian province, Addiction107(5): 912-920.
  • Auld, M. C. (2011) Effect of large scale social interactions on body weight, Journal of Health Economics.
  • Auld, M.C. and Grootendorst, P. (2011) Challenges for causal inference in obesity research, forthcoming, Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity, J. Cawley (ed), Oxford.
  • Faulkner, G.E.J., P. Grootendorst, V.H. Nguyen, T. Andreyeva, K. Arbour-Nicitopoulos, C. Auld, S.B. Cash, J. Cawley, P. Donnelly, A. Drewnowski, L. Dubé, R. Ferrence, I. Janssen, J. LaFrance, D. Lakdawalla, R. Mendelsen, L.M. Powell, W.B. Traill and F. Windmeijer, 2011. Economic instruments for obesity prevention: results of a scoping review and modified Delphi survey, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity8(1): 1.
  • Auld, M.C. and Powell, L. M. (2009) Economics of food energy density and adolescent body weight, Economica 76(304):719-40.
  • Powell, L.M., Auld, M.C., Chaloupka F, et al. (2007) Associations between access to food stores and adolescent body mass index. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 33(4S):S301-S307.
  • Auld, M.C. (2006) Estimating behavioral response to the AIDS epidemic. Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy 5 (article 12).
  • Auld, M.C. (2005) Smoking, drinking, and income. Journal of Human Resources 40(2):505-518. (Reprinted in The Economics of Health Behaviors, vol II, Cawley and Kenkel (eds), Elgar 2008.)
  • Auld, M.C. (2005) Causal effect of early initiation on adolescent smoking patterns. Canadian Journal of Economics 38(3):709-34. (Harry Johnson Prize for best paper in the CJE, 2005.)
  • Auld, M.C. and Grootendorst, P. (2004) An empirical analysis of milk addiction. Journal of Health Economics 23:1117-1133. (Reprinted in The Economics of Health Behaviors, vol I, Cawley and Kenkel (eds), Elgar 2008.)
  • Auld, M.C. (2003) Choices, beliefs, and infectious disease dynamics. Journal of Health Economics 22:361-377.

Book chapters

  • Auld, M.C. and P.V. Grootendorst, 2014. Instrumental variables: Informing policy. In Encyclopedia of Health Economics pages 61-66.