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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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Banking on poverty: research investigates use of payday loan companies

  Posted on: November 19, 2015

While some cities wish to prohibit or limit the clustering of payday loan operations, Thompson Rivers University economist Dr. Laura Lamb wants more attention given to the lack of financial options for the clients. When Lamb conducted her research into the use of these fringe finance institutions in 2012, she expected to find evidence to…

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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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Women empowerment and infant mortality in Bangladesh

  Posted on: November 11, 2015

Dr. Hossain research attempts to investigate the effects of women empowerment on infant mortality in Bangladesh. He used four indicators to measure four dimensions of women empowerment: the level of education, participation in household (HH) decisions, autonomy in movements and employment status. Using the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) data of 2011 and advanced…

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The Canadian tax-free savings account: a programme to help the rich get richer?

  Posted on: November 11, 2015

Dr. Hossain and Dr. Lamb examine participation in the Canadian tax-free savings account (TFSA), implemented in 2009, and its potential impact on wealth inequality in Canada. They use data from the 2012 Survey of Financial Security to test the hypothesis that high-income earners and wealth holders are the most likely recipients of the benefits associated…

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The Evolution of Overconfidence and Grade Expectations: An Observational Study

  Posted on: November 11, 2015

Dr. Hossain and Dr. Tsigaris research explores how grade expectations are formed by two groups of students as they progressively attempt to forecast their final grade. They first classify students who do not make significant forecast errors during the term as “good” forecasters. The other group contains students who are “poor” forecasters of their final grade….

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