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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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TRU recognizes Professor Ehsan Latif’s research accomblishments

  Posted on: April 23, 2014

Thompson Rivers University bestowed Dr. Ehsan Latif, Associate Professor of Economics the 2013-2014 Excellent in Scholarship Award. The Award for Excellence in Scholarship recognizes excellence in research, scholarly activity or the production of creative works over a sustained period of time that represents a significant contribution to the field of inquiry. Award winners will have…

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Professor Eaton talks about the co-evolution of beliefs and the formation of networks under cognitive dissonance

  Posted on: April 8, 2014

Dr. Curtis Eaton University Professor and Professor of Economics University of Calgary  “The Coevolution of Beliefs and Networks” Cognitive dissonance is a deeply rooted human psychological trait. We experience dissonance when our beliefs are not the same as those of our associates.  What do we do when this happens? We either change our beliefs and/or…

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“Who pays for Climate Change?” Find out from Professor Jason Shogren

  Posted on: April 1, 2014

Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation & Management University of Wyoming  Speech for the TRU Environmental Seminar Series Who Pays for Climate Change? Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:00 – 4:50 pm Science Building, S203 Experiments in Environmental Economics Informal discussion of his research with SoBE faculty (open to the public) Friday, April 4, 2014 2:30…

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Professor Curtis Eaton is coming to TRU on April 9th, 2014

  Posted on: March 14, 2014

It is with great pleasure to announce that Professor Curtis Eaton is coming to visit the Department of Economics at Thompson Rivers University on April 9th 2014 to give a seminar on The Coevolution of Beliefs and Networks (co-authors Jasmina Arifovic and Graeme Walker). Professor Curtis Eaton is a prolific and a well-known Economist around the…

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Professor Jason Shogren will be visiting TRU from April 2-4, 2014

  Posted on: March 14, 2014

It is with great pleasure to announce that Professor Jason Shogren from the University of Wyoming will be visiting the Department of Economics at Thompson Rivers University on April 2-4, 2014.  Professor Jason F. Shogren will be giving a talk at the Environmental Seminar Series. His research interest is in environmental, natural resource economics, public…

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TRU hosting the British Columbia Economics Articulation Meetings

  Posted on: March 14, 2014

Welcome to the Department of Economics at Thompson Rivers University.  We are excited to be hosting the B.C. Economics articulation meetings on April 28th and 29th, 2014. We believe we have a very exciting two day program with many presentations which will have a focus on Economics Education as well as the round table articulation…

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Obesity and Happiness: Does gender matter?

  Posted on: January 25, 2014

Dr. Ehsan Latif continues to explore important health issues. This time his focus is on obesity and happiness and asks an important question. Does gender matter? In order to explore this he used longitudinal Canadian data from the National Population Health Survey (NPHS), covering a period of 1994-2006. His study finds that obesity significantly reduces happiness…

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Does an Economic Downturn affect Mental Health in Canada?

  Posted on: January 25, 2014

Associate Professor Ehsan Latif  new research examines the impact of an economic downturn on mental health in Canada. His research uses 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. To control…

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Want to find out who should supervise commercial banks for the banking sector stability?

  Posted on: September 27, 2013

Professor Khan and Dewan empirically examine by whom the commercial banks should be supervised for the stability of a banking sector. With a cross-sectional dataset from 78 countries and using a logit estimation model, they find that the probability of the instability of a country’s banking sector reduces if the commercial banks are supervised exclusively…

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Professor Dewan proposes a working definition of sustainability related to high-priority policy issues

  Posted on: September 27, 2013

Since the publication of the Brundtland Commission Report numerous definitions of sustainability and many different sets of sustainability indicators have been proposed by researcher and various stakeholders. However, the quest for a useful composite index and a set of sustainability indicators related to high-priority policy issues still continues. Professor Dewan proposes a working definition of…

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Researchers compute genuine wealth growth rates for Canadian provinces

  Posted on: September 27, 2013

Sustainable development has long been a goal of Canadian governments. However, due to over reliance on traditional indicators such as GDP (gross domestic product), little progress has been made towards its achievement. Professor Tsigaris and his former student Condon computed genuine wealth growth rates for Canada and each of its provinces and territories for the…

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Students’ grades will improve with class attendance and online assignments claim Professors

  Posted on: September 27, 2013

Professor Latif with Professor Miles used data from business students taking an introductory statistics course to examine the impact of class attendance on examination performance. Controlling for factors related to ability and effort, class attendance has a significant positive impact on grade. The results further suggest that completion of online assignments also has a positive…

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