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Current Information

Position:Professor, Department of Economics, Queen's University
Director, John Deutsch Institute for the Study of Economic Policy
Research Interests:Computational economic policy analysis.
Citizenship:USA; Permanent Resident of Canada
Personal:Married; 3 children.


Ph.D., Economics, University of Minnesota, 1990.
Thesis: Agents Becoming Principals: Theory And Estimation of a Tournament Model Of Promotions In Partnerships. Advisor: Kenneth I. Wolpin
B.A., Economics and Computer Science, University of Wyoming, 1984.

Refereed Publications

The Role of University Characteristics in Determining Post-Graduation Outcomes: Panel Evidence from Three Canadian Cohorts, with Julian Betts and Ross Finnie, Canadian Public Policy 39, 81-106, May, 2013.
Explaining and Forecasting Results of The Self-Sufficiency Project, Review of Economic Studies, 79(4), 2012, 1495-1526. doi:10.1093/restud/rds008.
Modeling the value of strategic actions in the Superior Colliculus, by Dhushan Thevarajah, Ryan Webb, Christopher Ferrall and Michael C. Dorris, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 3, 57, February, 2010, 14 pages, doi: 10.3389/neuro.08.057.2009.
Solving Finite Mixture Models: Efficient Computation in Economics under Serial and Parallel Execution, Computational Economics, 25, 4 (June), 343-379, 2005
Unemployment Insurance and the Business Cycle, with Laura Brown, International Economic Review, 44, 3 (August), 863-894, 2003.
Wage and Test Score Dispersion: Some International Evidence, with Kelly Bedard, Economics of Education Review, 22, 1 (February), 31-43, 2003.
A Sequential Game Model of Sports Championship Series: Theory and Estimation, with Anthony A. Smith, Jr., Review of Economics and Statistics, LXXXI, November 1999, 704-19.
Incentives and Transactions Costs Within the Firm: Estimating an Agency Model Using Payroll Records, with Bruce Shearer, Review of Economic Studies, 66, 2, 309-338, 1999.
Endogenous Work Hours and Practice Patterns of Canadian Physicians, with Allan Gregory and William Tholl, Canadian Journal of Economics, 31, 1,1-27, 1998.
Unemployment Insurance Eligibility and the Transition from School to Work in Canada and the United States, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics 15, 2, April, 1997, 115-129.
Empirical Analysis of Occupational Hierarchies, Journal of Human Resources 32, 1, 1-34, Winter 1997.
Routines to Maximize a Function in Stata, Stata Technical Bulletin, 38, July, 1997, 22-26. Text and programs available in
Promotions and Incentives in Partnerships: Evidence from Major U.S. Law Firms, Canadian Journal of Economics 29, 4, 1996, 811-827.
Interactive Statistics Tutorials in Stata, Journal of Statistics Education, Vol 3, 3, 1995.
Levels of Responsibility in Jobs and the Distribution of Earnings Among U.S. Engineers, 1961-1986, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 49, No 1, October 1995, 150-169.

Working Papers

Wages and Seniority When Coworkers Matter: Estimating a Joint Production Economy Using Norwegian Administrative Data, with Kjell Gunnar Salvanes and Erik Øiolf Sørensen, QED working paper 1200, April 2009.
Should I Stay or Should I Go . . .North? First Job Location of U.S. Trained Doctorates 1957-2005, with Natalia Mishagina, QED working paper 1194, January 2009, (updated July 2010).
Estimation and Inference in Social Experiments, 2004, 55 pages.
The Transition to Work for Canadian University Graduates: Time to First Job, 1982-1990 with Julian Betts and Ross Finnie, Statistics Canada research report #141,
Human Capital Theory and the Life-Cycle Pattern of Learning and Earning, Income and Wealth, with David Andolfatto and Paul Gomme, working paper, May, 2000.

Work in Progress

Niqlow, a software package.

Current and Former PhD Students

*: awarded the annual Curtis Prize for best QED thesis within the last two years.
+: Designated Social Sciences Outstanding Thesis.
Bruce Shearer
Professor, Department of Economics, Laval University. Ph.D., December 1994. Title: Empirical Models of Labour Market Incentives: Applications to the Brittania Copper Mine. (co-supervisor: Charles Beach).
Lisa Powell
Professor and Director of Health Policy and Administration, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Ph.D., July 1995. Title: Child Care and Female Labour Supply (co-supervisors: Charles Beach and Tom Crouchene).
Kelly Bedard
Chair and Professor, Department of Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara. Ph.D., September 1996. Title: The Structure of Education and the Distribution of Wages*
Laura Brown
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Manitoba. Ph.D., December 1996. Title: An Equilibrium Model of Unemployment Insurance in a Cyclical Economy,.
Christopher Auld
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Victoria. Ph.D. June, 1999. Title: Three Essays on the Economics of Health-Related Behaviour*.
Raymond Yeung
Chief China Economist, ANZ Banking Group. Ph.D. September 1999. Title: Towards a Family Model of the Labour Market Behaviour of Immigrants: Estimates of a Discrete Choice Dynamic Programming Model.
Andrew Leach
Associate Professor, School of Business, University of Alberta. Ph.D. December 2003. Title: Three Papers on the Economics of Climate Change*.
Kathleen Rybczynski
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo. Ph.D. December 2005. Title: Gender Differences In Self-Employment: The Contribution of Credit Constraints and Risk Aversion to Self-Employment Entry, Duration, and Earnings in Canada.
Erik Ø. Sørensen
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), dr. øcon January 2006. Title: Essays on the production of human capital (supervisory committee member).
J. F. Houde
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Cornell University, Ph.D. July 2006. Title: An Empirical Investigation of Spatial Differentiation and Price Floor Regulations in Retail Markets for Gasoline*+ (co-supervisor Susumu Imai).
Natalia Mishagina
Researcher, CIRANO , Ph.D. September 2009. Title: Labor Market Behavior of Sciences and Engineering Doctorates: Three Essays. (co-supervisor Susumu Imai).
Pamela Cardozo
Researcher, Central Bank of Colombia, Ph.D. December 2009. Title: Bidders' Behaviour and Theory of Share Auctions with Applications to the Colombian Primary Bond Market.
David Byrne
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Melbourne, Ph.D., December 2010. Title: An Empirical Study of the Causes and Consequences of Mergers in the Canadian Cable Television Industry * (co-supervisor Susumu Imai).
Ryan Webb
Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, Ph.D., June 2011. Title: Towards a Neural Measure of Value and the Modelling of Choice in Strategic Games, (co-supervisor Michael C. Dorris).
Michael Barber, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Economics, Queen's.
Kamin Peyrow, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Economics, Queen's.