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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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Women empowerment and utilization of antenatal care in Bangladesh

  Posted on: November 10, 2015

Dr. Hossain and Dr. Hoque conducted a study to examine the role of women empowerment in the utilization of antenatal care in Bangladesh. Using a 2011 database and applying advanced statistical techniques they found that the level of education, freedom of choice/movement, power in the household decision making process and involvement in economic activities are…

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Rent Bank Research Lends Hope to the Homeless

  Posted on: September 8, 2014

What happens to a family in danger of eviction when they can’t pay the rent? Dr. Ehsan Latif’s new project researches the performance of the Kamloops Rent Bank in its goal to prevent homelessness.

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Dr. Wood joins Economics at TRU

  Posted on: May 27, 2014

Dr. Joel Wood graduated from the University of Guelph with a Ph.D. in 2011. His areas of interest are Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Cost-Benefit analysis, Development Economics and Environmental Policy. Dr. Wood worked at the Fraser Institute as a Senior Research Economist at the Centre for Environmental studies from 2010-2013. Dr. Wood was promoted…

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TRU recognizes Professor Tsigaris’ Environmental Initiatives

  Posted on: April 23, 2014

TRU bestowed Professor Tsigaris with the 2013-2014 Environmental Achievement Award. The award recognizes individuals within the Thompson Rivers community that have made or are currently making remarkable contributions to environmental sustainability. Peter Tsigaris has been instrumental in advancing the goal of environmental sustainability at Thompson Rivers University. Peter has written high impact publications for Science Daily and National Geographic, the…

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