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Immigration and its impact on Unemployment. Evidence from Canada

  Posted on: November 25, 2015

Dr. Latif, Associate Professor of Economics at Thompson Rivers University, used provincial level panel data from the Statistics Canada, to examine the impact of permanent international immigration on the unemployment rate in Canada. The results suggest that, in the short run, immigration has a significant positive impact on unemployment rate and that the unidirectional short-run…

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The demand for electricity consumption

  Posted on: November 25, 2015

Dr. Latif, Associate Professor of Economics, research uses panel data from the Statistics Canada (1983–2010) to examine the determinants of electricity consumption in Canada. His statistical estimations suggest that per capita real Gross Domestic Production (GDP) has a significant positive while electricity price has a negative, but insignificant impact on per capita electricity consumption. The results suggest that there…

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Does winning a lottery make you happier forever?

  Posted on: November 25, 2015

Dr. Latif, Associate Professor of Economics at Thompson Rivers University, used longitudinal data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey (1994-2009), to examined the short run and long run effects of a one-time increase in income on individual happiness. After control for the unobserved individual specific heterogeneity and using three different specifications he found that…

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Does increased income inequality affect health status of people?

  Posted on: November 25, 2015

Dr. Latif, Associate Professor of Economics at Thompson Rivers University, used longitudinal data from the Canadian National Population Survey (1994–2006), to examine the impact of income inequality on current health outcomes. His statistical result suggests that once unobserved individual specific heterogeneity is controlled for, income inequality as measured by Gini Coefficient has no significant impact…

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Recessions don’t cause only higher unemployment but they cause depression too. Evidence from Canada

  Posted on: November 25, 2015

Dr. Latif, Associate Professor of Economcs at Thompson Rivers University used longitudinal Canadian data from the National Population Health Survey (1994-2006) in order to examine the impact of the provincial unemployment rate on mental health as measured by the short form depression scale. After controlling for the unobserved individual specific factors study found that, for…

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Want to be happier? Don’t compare your income with others

  Posted on: November 25, 2015

Dr. Latif, Associate Professor of Economics at Thompson Rivers University, used data from the Canadian National Population Health Survey (1994–2009), to examine the relationship between comparison income and individual happiness. His study utilizes two definitions of comparison income: Average income of the reference group and the difference between one’s own household income and the average…

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Does immigration affect housing rent in Canada?

  Posted on: November 25, 2015

Dr. Latif research examines the impact of new immigration on housing rent, using Canadian province-level panel data from 1983 to 2010. The statistical evidence suggest that immigration flow has a significant positive impact on housing rent in the long run. He also finds a short run short run causal impacts of new immigration on rent….

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Is It Time to Raise the Gas Tax? Optimal Gasoline Taxes for Ontario and Toronto

  Posted on: November 13, 2015

Dr. Wood research attempts to calculate the optimal (second best) gasoline taxes for Ontario and the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) under distortionary pre-existing income taxes. It is well known that an increase in the tax on gasoline has social benefits because it reduces traffic congestion, air pollution, and accidents. An increase in the gasoline tax…

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When a ban is not a ban: The case of BC log exports

  Posted on: November 12, 2015

Dr. Wood research uses an economic trade model to evaluate British Columbia’s (BC) log export restrictions. His research contradicts previous work which indicated that there are efficiency gains from the removal of BC’s log export restrictions. When the assumptions of the previous research are relaxed he finds that the current policy of restricting log exports is…

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Aboriginal Fringe Finance Use and Financial Capabilities: Survey Evidence from a Canadian City

  Posted on: November 11, 2015

Dr. Lamb research examined survey data collected in the Canadian city of Kamloops, British Columbia. Data included banking habits and attitudes, socioeconomic characteristics, and financial capability levels of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal fringe finance users. The results suggest that Aboriginal fringe finance users have different characteristics, financial experiences and levels of financial capability than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Aboriginal fringe finance users have lower…

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