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Researchers awarded prestigious federal grants

  Posted on: September 9, 2016

Four TRU researchers were awarded $215,000 through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant program, bringing the total to nine faculty supported by the SSHRC Insight program.

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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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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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