Directed Research

Directed Research Opportunities for 4th Year Students in Economics

The Directed Research Projects in Economics course, ECO 4150, offers students an opportunity to carry out an economic research project related to Canadian economic policy under the supervision of an economist working in a government department or non-profit agency. The program is offered in both the Fall and Winter semesters. The program is open to students in the Major, Honours, Joint Honours, and Honours with specialization programs in economics who have completed at least 81 credits (including ECO 2143, ECO 2145, and ECO 3150), and who have a grade point average of at least 6.0 (or B). (ECO 3151 is highly recommended as well.) Project descriptions for each semester will be posted as they become available. Proposals are posted in the language in which they were prepared. If a title appears in both official languages in the list below, that is an indication that the work can be done in either language. Interested students should submit a letter of application outlining their interests in economics and a copy of their transcript (non-official) to the Director of the program by the application deadlines indicated below. The Director would be happy to answer any questions about it.

Management of Directed Research Projects in Economics
Professor Kathleen Day
Social Sciences Building, Room 9034
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 1694
Kathleen.Day@uOttawa.ca

Directed Research Projects in Economics

Dates and Deadlines Fall 2017 Winter 2018
Submission of applications by students September 8 January 12
Sponsors and students informed about outcome of matching September 12 January 16
Student interviews with sponsors September 13-21 January 17-25
Last day for students to register in ECO 4150 September 22 January 26
University of Ottawa Reading Week October 22-28 February 18-24
University of Ottawa Easter Break   March 30-April 2
Classes end December 6 April 11
Final Exam Period December 8-21 April 13-26
Students submit draft to supervisors (recommendation) December 6 April 11
Students submit final draft and report to Director December 20 April 25
Supervisor submits evaluation to Director January 8 May 7
Fall 2017
Supervisor Title
Christina Hackett Tracking the point prevalence of chronic conditions across Canada: Generating a database for health economic modeling (English)
Hugh Dang Several possible topics relating to agriculture and economic development (2-3 students, English)
Madanmohan Ghosh (English)
Hankook Kim Impact of Clean Tech Adoption on Firm Performance (English)
Jean-François Nadeau A model-based measure of fiscal sustainability : A federal perspective (English or French)
Massoud Khazabi (1) Aviation Security, an Economic Literature Review (English)
Andrew Sharpe A Review of the Literature on the Measurement of Intangible Capital and Its Impact on Productivity Growth (English)
Tara Gilkinson Influencing a Culture Shift: Behavioural Economics and International Experience Canada (English)
Jacob Schulz The Impact of Temporary Workers on Labour Market Displacement in Canada and an Examination of Existing Displacement Measures (English)
Eric Madueno and Eva Audy Development Financing Tools – Review and Advice (English or French)
Kevin Page Nowcasting, debt management, infrastructure, … 5 or more students (English or French)
Mykyta Vesselovsky Canada’s Travel Services in the Balance (English)
Vicky Barham Factors underlying retention rates in an undergraduate program at the University of Ottawa (English or French)
Vicky Barham Impact of International Academic Experiences on Academic Performance (English or French)
Brian Wallace First Nation Infrastructure (English)
Winter 2016

Proposals are posted in the language in which they were prepared.   If a title appears in both official languages in the list below, that is an indication that the work can be done in either language.

Supervisor Title
Hugh Dang Research in International Economics and Policy
Massoud Khazabi
Passenger Rail Transportation in Canada: A Literature Review
Madanmohan Ghose Marginal abatement cost of GHG emissions from different Models: Its interpretation and application in the policy context
Tara Gilkinson Economic Outcomes of Immigrants and Refugees: An International Analysis
Piyanjali Tissaaratchy Input into Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care Program’s Annual National Statistical Report
Piyanjali Tissaaratchy Research in support of an exploration of Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care Program’s  Funding Formula
Piyanjali Tissaaratchy Research in support of an exploration of Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care Program’s  Reporting Requirements
Piyanjali Tissaaratchy Literature Review: Measuring Unmet Home Care Needs under Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care Program
Sophie Hébert Aperçu des conditions de logement des personnes ayant des limitations physiques
Brian Wallace Paper on First Nation Infrastructure Programming
Kenten Musselman Oil Prices and the El Unemployment Rate
Andrew Sharpe A Review of the Productivity Slowdown in the United Kingdom
Fall 2015
Supervisor Title
Hugh Dang Agricultural R&D in China in Comparison to Other Countries / Food and Agriculture in Hong Kong: Marketing and Policy Analysis
Maria Klimas and Yang Yang Estimating economic values associated with selected species in Canada
Li Xue and Cally Dhaliwal Job Vacancies in Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector
Brian Wallace A New Approach To Funding Infrastructure in First Nation Communities
Abdel Felfel and Mohammad Shakeril Analysis of Environmental Stewardship in Canada's Food Industry
Andrew Sharpe Sources of Productivity Growth in the Canadian Rail Industry
Colleen Dempsey Precarious Employment in the Canadian Labour Market and the Economic Outcomes of Immigrants
2014-2015

Proposals are posted in the language in which they were prepared.   If a title appears in both official languages in the list below, that is an indication that the work can be done in either language.

Supervisor Title
Maria Klimas and Liliana Camacho Estimation des valeurs économiques associées à des espèces sélectionnées au Canada /  Estimating economic values associated with selected species in Canada
Hugh Dang Impact of Social Media on Economics-related Journals
Madanmohan Ghosh
Carbon Intensity of Household Consumption in Canadian Provinces: An Analysis of Trend over 1999-2008
Martin Lagacé Identity Economics: The Canadian Identity and Civic Engagement / L’économie de l’identité:  l’identité canadienne et l’engagement civique
Alan Stark Labour Market Tightness in Skilled-Trade Occupations
Brian Wallace First Nation Financial Statement Analysis
Marc Blanchette  Cash Transfer Programs and Child Labour – a Meta Analysis
Hugh Dang Impact of Social Media on Economics-related Journals
Francesco Galessi and Shishir Shahnawaz Gravity Analysis of Panel Data Exports to OECD Countries
Tara Gilkinson and Colleen Dempsey 
Gender and Economic Outcomes of Immigrants and Refugees to Canada
Sophie Hébert Aperçu des measures de besoins de lodgement / An overview of measures of housing needs
Maria Klimas and Yang Yang Estimating economic values associated with selected species in Canada / Estimation des valeurs économiques associées à des espèces sélectionnées au Canada
Ryan Macdonald  Provincial Real Income Estimates
Carl Gauldreault and Dominique Tremblay Canada’s Fiscal Policy over the Past 25 years / La politique fiscale du Canada au cours des 25 dernières années
John Rietschlin and Benoît-Paul Hébert Changes in participation rates and hourly wages of older workers compared to younger workers / Évolution du taux d’activité et de la rémunération horaire des travailleurs âgés en comparaison des travailleurs plus jeunes
Aaron Sydor and David Boileau Do Canadian exports grow faster to faster-growing countries?
Li Xue and Cally Dhaliwal Employment and required skills in the food processing sector
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