Economics
Developing economies hardest hit by pandemic downturn

Developing economies hardest hit by pandemic downturn

While the economies of developed countries are struggling, most experts are confident they will recover over time. Those of developing countries, however, were in economic peril prior to COVID-19 – and now face a frightening and uncertain future.

Student lauds residence experience in pandemic

Student lauds residence experience in pandemic

With his family in India and friends scattered around the globe, Moiz Rajwani will always treasure the support he received from his Western family in his home away from home.

Alumnus bottling help, hand sanitizer for fight

Alumnus bottling help, hand sanitizer for fight

“We were aware there was beginning to be a need – people didn’t have any. Hand sanitizer is made with high-proof alcohol. We thought, ‘Let’s see what we can do. We have a building full of alcohol – let’s do a little bit.’”

Frontiers Award honours economist Howitt’s career

Frontiers Award honours economist Howitt’s career

Famed Western economist Peter Howitt, along with French economist Philippe Aghion, have been named co-recipients of the 2019 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance and Management.

Survey eyes costs of partner violence in workplace

Survey eyes costs of partner violence in workplace

Starting Nov. 25, Western community members will be able to participate in a university-led academic survey, ‘Intimate partner violence and its financial costs,’ that hopes to determine the extent to which intimate-partner violence impacts survivors, perpetrators and witnesses at the university workplace.

Alumnus named to top Bank of Canada role

Alumnus named to top Bank of Canada role

With the appointment of Toni Gravelle, BA’88, PhD’96 (Economics), as a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, Western continues its tradition of leadership at the bank, with four of the top six positions being held by alumni.

Finding good ‘Company’ in the written word

Finding good ‘Company’ in the written word

Browse the diverse and entertaining bookshelves of Awais Khan, BA’08 (Economics), whose latest book, In the Company of Strangers, explores love, longing and the delicate game of deceit.

Calculating the costs of movie piracy

Calculating the costs of movie piracy

Movie piracy may be siphoning less money from the box office than some analysts suggest, a paper by a Western PhD student says. In fact, the word-of-mouth promotion generated by people who view illegal downloads could, in some cases, offset movie-house losses as the...

Western economist MacGee joins Bank of Canada

Western economist MacGee joins Bank of Canada

Western economist Jim MacGee has been appointed the Bank of Canada’s new Managing Director of Economic and Financial Research for a two-year term, beginning Jan. 2, 2019.

Study eyes worker mobility impact on economy

Study eyes worker mobility impact on economy

A new economic model developed at Western calculates the cost of reallocating working‐age Canadians (20-64 years old) from one industry to another and shows that an unwillingness by many to relocate or change careers hurts the economy and leads to high unemployment regionally and nationally.

Western mourns death of former Chancellor, economist

Western mourns death of former Chancellor, economist

Western is mourning the passing of former Chancellor Grant Reuber, BA’50, LLD’85, who served the university in multiple capacities, including as head of Economics and Sociology, the first dean of the Faculty of Social Science, as Provost & Vice-President...

Study: Women’s impact on economy undervalued

Study: Women’s impact on economy undervalued

Statistical agencies and government bodies have significantly undervalued women’s contribution to the economy, according to Western researchers. The previous methods economists used to determine human capital – the combined measure of an individual’s skills,...

Newsmakers: The Racer

Newsmakers: The Racer

Pete McLeod

 Pete McLeod, BA’07 (Economics), cannot remember a time when he wasn’t flying while growing up in Red Lake, Ont. The 33-year old Londoner is an accomplished bush pilot, had his pilot’s license at 16, pursued aerial aerobatics at 18, and earned his...

Civil Engineering ranked tops in Canada

Civil Engineering ranked tops in Canada

Ashraf El Damatty can think of no better motivator than when the 2017 Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects tapped Western’s Department of Civil Engineering No. 1 in Canada and No. 12 globally. “I feel very proud of my department, my faculty and staff...