Professor of Economics
St Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS)
CIRANO (Montreal, QC)
B.A. Concordia University; M.A. & Ph.D. McGill University
I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, specializing in forecasting and monetary policy. My current research interests include forecasting and nowcasting with big data, and studying the inter-relationships between financial markets and the macroeconomy. My work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Payments Canada, and has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Econometrics and the Journal of Forecasting.
I am also a Fellow at
, a Montreal-based inter-University research centre that specializes in areas such as Finance, Experimental Economics and Public Policy.
Prior to joining St Francis Xavier University in 2010, I spent a good part of 18 years working as an economist and manager at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa. Part of my duties involved providing independent policy advice to Mark Carney and the rest of the Bank's Governing Council using alternative models of the economy. During my lunch breaks I did some part-time lecturing at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, teaching two or three courses per year.
I am currently on the Editorial Board of the new international journal
Quantitative Finance and Economics
(published by the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences), and previously served on the Editorial Boards of Canada's leading English and French-language Economics journals (the Canadian Journal of Economics and L'Actualite Economique). I also served a three-year term on the Executive Council of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA), which represents almost 2,000 academic and professional economists across the country. I am the local organizer of the 2017 CEA conference, which will be held at StFX from June 1-4.
Department of Economics
St. Francis Xavier University
P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2W5 CANADA
Phone: (902) 867-4846; Fax: (902) 867-3610; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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