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Dr. David Giles invited to present lecture at Concordia University, Montreal

David Giles recently presented the 2nd. invited "T.D. Dwivedi Memorial Lecture" in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Concordia University, (Montreal). This lecture series honours the late Professor T. D. Dwivedi, an eminent statistician, who was instrumental in the organization of the Canadian statistical community. The title of Dr. Giles's lecture on 24 April was "Bias Reduction for Nonlinear Maximum Likelihood Estimators".

B.C. can have a boom without the bust

Opinion: Better policies and planning are needed to manage the province’s non-renewable resources
By Daniel Rondeau, Judith Sayers and Karena Shaw, Special to The Vancouver Sun

"Our concern is that the rush to develop B.C.’s public resources in the absence of an adequate decision framework could leave us with degraded landscapes, reduced biodiversity, and reduced economic opportunities. This is much less than residents of this province deserve." Read story

Malcolm Rutherford awarded the Veblen-Commons Award

The Veblen-Commons Award of the Association for Evolutionary Economics is given in recognition of the contributions made by an outstanding scholar in the field of evolutionary institutional economics. In January 2013, Malcolm Rutherford was awarded the Veblen-Commons Award at the AFEE/ASSA Meetings in San Diego, California.

G. Cornelis (Kees) van Kooten awarded Fellow of the CAES

The Canadian Agricultural Economics Society awards the title Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society to recognize continuous and distinguished contributions to the profession and to the CAES. Fellowships are the highest recognition that can be granted in the field of agricultural economics in Canada. At the June, 2012 annual meeting of the CAES in Niagara Falls, Kees van Kooten was one of two Fellows named. CAES

Two US Economists share the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics went to Lloyd Shapley and Al Roth, for "... an outstanding example of economic engineering."

Econ Graduate student presents paper at the Canadian Forest Economists Symposium

Craig Johnston, Economics PhD student presented his paper "Re-evaluating the role of biomass and dead organic matter in the optimal forest harvest decision with carbon sequestration" at the Canadian Forest Economists Symposium. The symposium was held at the Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria on 16-17th February, with a topic of "“Change” in BC’s Forest Sector. Other Uvic students papers included Zhen Xu "Climate and Money: a Spatial Regression Model for Planning Firefighting Budgets in British Columbia" and Tim Bogle "Protecting Timber supply on Public Land in Response to Catastrophic Natural Disturbance: A Principal-Agent Problem". All three students' Phd programs are being supervised by Dr van Kooten.

Camosun Info Session - Certifications in Accounting

Agatha Thalheimer, Accounting & Management Information Systems Chair, School of Business, Camosun College will talk about how to combine Camosun accounting and business courses with a UVic economics degree to satisfy the course requirements for CMA, CGA, and CA certifications. Wednesday, 1st February 2012, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, SSM A102. Cant make it to the session but would like to know more about Accounting Certifications, visit our Careers web page at

Bank of Canada Info Session

Sept 21, 2011 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm, MacLaurin D110

The Bank of Canada’s 2011–12 University Recruitment Campaign is now under way.  They are offering challenging full-time positions to graduates interested in conducting leading-edge research at Canada’s central bank. Through their work at the Bank, graduates will have opportunities to learn and grow while contributing to the economic and financial well-being of the country.

The Bank will be hiring graduates in economics and finance at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels as research assistants, economists/analysts, and senior analysts. The application deadline is 25 September 2011 for bachelor’s and master’s graduates, and 15 November 2011 for doctoral graduates. Students can apply online and find more information about the Bank on their website at

"The Link Between House Prices and Divorce"

A new study by UVic economics assistant professor Martin Farnham and co-authors Lucie Schmidt and Purvi Sevak finds that declining house prices make it less likely that a homeowner will get divorced but more likely that a renter’s marriage will end, writes Christopher Shea of The Wall Street Journal. Read more.

Economics Course Union Facebook page

The Economics Course Union (ECU) has a new facebook page, become a fan now.

Coast Capital Savings will be generously supporting the Department of Economics Seminar Series with a three-year sponsorship

This support will help us to continue to provide a forum for visiting scholars to share their latest research with faculty and students. Our thanks go out to Tracy Redies, President and CEO of Coast Capital and a UVic alumna, for this support.

High School Symposium: "Piecing Together the Story of the Global Economic Crisis"

Thursday 30 Sept, noon-3pm, UVic DSB C103. All interested high-school students are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Schure

Faculty of Social Sciences on YouTube and Facebook

The Faculty of Social Sciences now has a presence on Facebook: search for University of Victoria - Faculty of Social Sciences. You'll need a login to access it, but you're certainly welcome to visit. The YouTube channel is open to everyone; no login required!

Report predicts labour shortage

With the effects of the financial crisis subsiding, Vancouver Island could be facing a labour shortage in four years, a new government report suggests. UVic labour economist Dr. Herbert Schuetze provides comment. Times Colonist

Distinguished Alumni Awards - Ms Tracy Redies

UVic Economics Alumna Ms Tracy Redies, CEO and President of Coast Capital Savings, was honoured by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony held on Tuesday, February 3 at the University of Victoria. Dr Peter Keller (Dean of Social Sciences), Dr David Scoones (Chair of Economics), and Jennifer Davison (Chair of the Economics Alumni Network) were also there to share in the celebration. Congratulations Tracy!