Six PhD students from the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta will give 7-minute talks about their dissertation research. We will leave time for both formal questions and informal conversations after. The event will be facilitated by Rick Szostak, Chair of the Department and Past President of ESNA.
These are their dissertation topics:
- Topic Area I: Macroeconomics
- Scott Auriat is from Edson, Alberta. The core focus of his project is answering the “why Europe first” question. That is, why did the industrial revolution take place in Western Europe when it did? His research suggests the Mongols played a prominent role in the answer to this elusive question. Twitter: @ScottAuriat
- Liang Ma is originally from China. His research interests lie in the areas of monetary economics and financial economics. His current research studies the impact of unconventional monetary policies on the financial market and the real economy.
- Francis Chiparawasha, is from Zimbabwe. His research interest is in macroeconomics using microdata. He is currently researching the extent to which households in South Africa cushion themselves against income loss without adjusting their consumption as well as the sources of this insurance. Twitter: @fchipara
- Topic Area II: Environmental and Resource Management
- Boris Ortega Moreno is from Chile. His project analyzes how the presence of hydroelectric projects affects salaries, unemployment, and health outcomes at the county level in Chile.
- Asrafuzzaman is originally from Bangladesh. His research interest is in environmental economics and he is currently investigating the impact of environmentally sustainable technologies on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.
- Kwabena Bediako is from Ghana. He earned an undergraduate degree from University of Ghana and an MA Economics at University of Saskatchewan. He is in his fourth year and is working in the area of Resource and Environmental Economics. His research focuses on the management of internationally shared fisheries, specifically tackling the issue of over-exploitation