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A young uprising scholar, a great athlete and a gentleman: Alexander Condon

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

The 2102 Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal and Thompson Rivers University Medal in Arts was awarded to Alexander Condon. Alexander Condon was born in Victoria, BC and graduated from Oalk Bay High School. He transferred from UBC to TRU in 2009 as an Arts student and athlete. The many friendships he developed with his Wolfpack…

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Watch insights provided by prominent economists on “Economics and Finance: From Theory to Practice to Policy”

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

During the spring of 2011, MIT celebrated its 150th anniversary with symposiums, performances, exhibits and landmark events. This post links to symposiums on Economics and Finance: From Theory to Practice to Policy. Insight are provided by a panel of prominent Economists: Opening Remarks on Economics and Finance: From Theory to Practice to Policy Keynote Address…

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Freakonomics gives you a different flavour of Economics!

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

Steven D. Levitt an economist at the University of Chicago co-authored with a writer Stephen J. Dubner a best selling book titled Freakonomics. The book covers topics such as cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys! Then they wrote another best selling book SuperFreakonomics with stories about the economics of prostitution,…

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Gapminder to promote a fact-based world view!

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

If you are a teacher and want to build a fact-based world view. I strongly recommend Gapminder. It unveils the beauty of statistics. Gapminder’s mission is to “Fighting devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview everyone understands.” Gapminder is a not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable global development – “a modern museum on the internet”. Its aim is…

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Take an economics course from MIT Open Course Ware. It is free of charge!

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

MIT has been a pioneer in offering courses online free of charge! There are numerous graduate and undergraduate courses with lecture notes, assignments and solutions, projects and examples, exams and solutions, online textbooks, multimedia content, image galleries, OCW scholar and study group. You will find the regular introductory, intermediate, and advanced theory courses. But you…

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Upcoming Faculty Presentations at International Conferences

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

Laura Lamb has learned that the Western Economic Association International has accepted her paper, co-authored Belayet Hossain, “Aboriginal Labour Force Participation in Canada: Consideration of a Broader Definition of Capital” for presentation at their annual conference in San Francisco, July 1 – 3. Zena Seldon and Hafiz Rahman have their research entitled “Municipal Dichotomy or…

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HELP! Having problem understanding economic concepts?

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

Although we have an Economics help center here at TRU to help you with your courses you might require additional assistance. MIT has developed an open study group where you can ask questions and get responses back to your inquiries. Join the study group and ask the question for now. I am planning to create…

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Get a head start with introduction to Microeconomics!

  Posted on: July 2, 2012

Have you ever thought you can take a course at MIT? Yes you can! MIT is now offering an Introduction to Microeconomics course free of charge. You will find: Lecture videos by Prof. Jon Gruber. Readings from textbooks as preparation for the lectures. Quizzes to assess your understanding of the material. Problem sets with solution…

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Here is how to engage students in Economics!

  Posted on: June 27, 2012

Use experiments and games! The origin of experimental classroom games in economics as a method of teaching and exploration dates back to the early to mid 1900s. It is due to the experiments Chamberlin, a well known economist, run with his graduate students at Harvard University. Vernon Smith a student of Chamberlin and a Nobel…

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Need help? Economics at Khan Academy

  Posted on: June 26, 2012

Kahn Academy is a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. It is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. Get help with microeconomics,…

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Do your assignments and you will do well in your courses!

  Posted on: June 26, 2012

Dr. Ehsan Latif and Dr. Stan Miles studied the factors affecting the academic performance of economics students at a small Canadian university using advanced statistical analysis. they found that graded homework, shown to have ambiguous effects in previous work, here had a positive effect !  A major contribution of the study is its analysis for…

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How do Students’ Perceive Effective Teaching? Ask Dr. Ehsan Latif and Dr. Stan Miles

  Posted on: June 26, 2012

Using advanced statistical techniques Dr. Ehsan Latif and Dr. Stan Miles assessed how students value various instructor characteristics and teaching practices. Surveys completed by 387 students at Thompson Rivers University in the Winter 2010 term revealed the students relative preferences for characteristics of instructors (e.g., how organized the instructor is, the instructor’s knowledge, and enthusiasm…

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Interested in the Economics of Climate Change? Winter 2013

  Posted on: June 26, 2012

Dr. Peter Tsigaris will be offering a new course on the economics of climate change. The course considers efficiency, externalities, public good issues asssociate with climate change well as environmental policy instruments. The course deals with the question on inter-temporal decisions and uncertainties about the impacts of climate change. The costs of mitigation and adaptation to climate change will also…

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A fun game that illustrates important economic concepts with climate change mitigation

  Posted on: June 18, 2012

Laura Lamb and Peter Tsigaris published a paper entitled “Public Good Provision and Fairness Issues for Climate Change Mitigation: A Classroom Experiment” in the Journal of Business Ethics Education. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf3dTpe0wU4[/youtube] This article presents a new classroom experiment in order to illustrate and initiate discussion on the public good provision of prevention of dangerous anthropogenic climate…

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Fun game that illustrates the trade-off between production of dirty goods and environmental quality.

  Posted on: June 16, 2012

Nancy Carson and Peter Tsigaris published a paper that illustrates environmental issues using the Production Possibility Frontier. It is an easy to design classroom experiment. The game can be used to show how production changes as labour changes initially without paying attention to the pollution (negative externality). Once resources are fully employed in the dirty…

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Do elderly prefer depot to curbside?

  Posted on: June 11, 2012

Peter Tsigaris and Dana Taylor (M.Sc. in Environmental Science program graduate) learned that their paper entitled “Elderly and their Valuation of the Convenience of Curbside Recycling” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability. The research originated from Dana’s thesis which was guided by Peter Tsigaris. The paper examines the willingness to…

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How are decisions made in Canadian cities and municipalities?

  Posted on: June 11, 2012

Dr. Hafiz Rahman and Dr. Zena Seldon found out that their paper titled “Decision-Making in Cities and Municipalities: A Canada-Wide Study” has been accepted for presentation at the 64th annual Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC) meeting. This study will shed light into the factors that influence decision making for small and for big…

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How do students’ perceive the quality of their transnational program?

  Posted on: June 11, 2012

Congratulations to TRU M.Ed. alumni (2010) Margaret Hohner and Associate Professor Peter Tsigaris who have their paper entitled: “Students Perception of Quality for a Business Program Delivered in Canada and China”published in the Journal of International Education in Business. The paper originated from Margaret’s thesis in the Masters of Education program at Thompson Rivers University…

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Interested in a strategy course?

  Posted on: June 9, 2012

Dr. Stan Miles will be teaching a new course Econ 3990: Game Theory and Strategy in the Fall 2012! This course is an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. If you have seen the movie “The Beautiful Mind” and enjoyed it then this is the course for you. You will learn about Nash’s equilibrium,…

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