Warm welcome to our new faculty members, Maggie Jones and Felix Pretis

The Economics department is very pleased to welcome two new faculty members, Maggie Jones and Felix Pretis, who join us this summer as Assistant Professors. Maggie is expected to complete her PhD from Queen’s University later this summer. Felix completed his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2015 and prior to joining our department was a postdoctoral fellow also at the University of Oxford.
Maggie works at the intersection of labour, education, and economic history.  She uses tools from these disciplines to better understand the persistence of socioeconomic inequalities between groups, and how to develop better policies to address these inequalities.  Her thesis analyzed the long-run effects of several major education policies implemented by the federal government for indigenous students in Canada.  In addition, her ongoing work studies discrimination against African Americans in accessing public accommodations prior to the passing of the Civil Rights Act, and gender discrimination in tenure and promotion in academia.
Felix’s research concentrates on time series and spatial econometric methods with applications to climate change, environmental and natural resource economics. He is currently the co-director of the Climate Econometrics project on developing econometric methods to augment climate-economic research (in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund).
Maggie and Felix are going to be wonderful additions to our department and we are very excited that they have joined us. They both complement and extend our research programmes and teaching. Please join us in welcoming both Maggie and Felix and their partners to Victoria.