Directed Research

Directed Research Opportunities for 4th Year Students in Economics

The Directed Research Projects in Economics course (ECO4150) 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 ECO2143, ECO2145, and ECO3150), and who  have a grade point average of at least 6.0 (or B).  (ECO3151 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 ECO4150 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
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
2013-2014
SupervisorTitle
Marc BlanchetteUne analyse des importations canadiennes des pays en voie de développement 
Hugh DengAgri-Biotech for Canada from a Global Perspective
Ross FinnieDifferences in Earnings by Level of Schooling
Madanmohan GhoshCarbon intensity of Canadian final consumption: A household level study
Tara GilkinsonImmigrant official language ability and economic outcomes
Tara GilkinsonHealth and Economic Outcomes of immigrants and Refugees to Canada
Sophie HébertUnderstanding the impact of a community-based financial literacy program on post-secondary education for youth-at-risk
Taylor HuiEarly Results of Transitions: the Motivational Interviewing Pilot Project for Income Assistance Clients in BC
Maria KlimasEstimating Economic Values Associated with Ecological Goods and Services
Jean-Michèle LarivièreEstimer les bénéfices pour la santé et l’environnement d’une réduction de la pollution atmosphérique dans une ville canadienne en utilisant la méthode de transfert de valeurs
Eng Kooi LimA Telecommunications Policy towards More Choice, Lower Prices and Better Service to Canadians
Ryan MacdonaldKLEMS Rate of Return
Ryan MacdonaldInstrumental Variables for Household Saving Analyses
Barbara Mackay and Roman MeyerovichHow much data is enough: Does ‘Big Data’ defy the law of diminishing returns in predictive analytics?
Kevin PageTrust, Confidence and Institutions: A Conceptual Framework Analysis
Andrew SharpeThe Development of Estimates of Regrettables for the Index of Economic Well-being
Brian WallaceAboriginal Issues
Yang YangEstimating economic values associated with water quantity change
2012-2013
SupervisorTitle
Marc BlanchetteScan of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programs of Canadian Mining Programs / Un survol des programmes sur la responsabilité sociale des entreprises  canadiennes dans l’industrie de l'extraction
Marc BlanchetteSocial Impact Bonds for Greater Access to Finance
Marc BlanchetteFair Trade for Development
Richard GabayStructure of the Canadian Housing Industry
Francesco L. GalassiGlobal Trade Flows and Labour Rights
Rory Gilsenan & John HectorBenchmarking Innovation and Advanced technology Use in Canada's Forest
Taylor Shek-wai HuiOnline learning of essential skills and the post secondary institutions
Vlad IvanenkoIdentifying Petroleum Producers: Updating the Canadian Business Registry
Andrew SharpeProductivity in Atlantic Canada: A Review of the Literature
Andrew ShapeEstimation of the Social Costs of Greenhouse Gases Emissions for the Index of Economic Well-being
Eitan WaldmanThe Importance of Electricity as an Input in the Canadian Economy
Joanna WardzinskiA Deeper Look at the Performance of Resource Based Manufacturing
2011-2012
SupervisorTitle
Dany BrouilletteThe Cost of Performing R&D in Canada and the United States / Coût de la recherche et développement au Canada et aux États-Unis
Carl GaudreaultDes modèles ARIMA de la productivité du travail des provinces canadiennes / ARIMA Models of Provincial Labour Productivity
Sophie HébertLiteracy and Essential Skills in the Workplace / Alphabétisation et compétence essentielles en milieu de travail
Taylor Shek-wai HuiOnline Delivery of Government Programs
Hankook KimMarket Size and Geographical Market Distribution: Canada vs. U.S.
Boris PalametaAn Overview of Social Finance and Other Performance Based Funding Models for the Delivery of Government Programs
Brian WallaceFirst Nations Demographics Research - Education
Michael BurtThe Pricing Power of Sectors: Assessment and Implications
Marc FrenetteUn aperçu général des soutiens financières et sociales des étudiants avec des charges de famille au Canada
Marc FrenetteLe financement des études postsecondaire
Carl GaudreaultImpacts prévus du vieillissement de la population sur l'économie et les finances publiques : une revue des constations au niveau international
Taylor Shek-wai HuiCost-Benefit Analyses for the Access to Post-secondary Education Project
Andrew SharpeThe Development of Estimates on Unpaid Work for OECD Countries for the index of Economic Well-being
Vlad IvanenkoLe dollar canadien est-il une pétro-devise?
Martha JustusBenefits of Immigration
Brian WallaceFirst Nation School Infrastructure
Joanna Wardzinski et Eitan WaldmanTendances d'investissement en ressources naturelles et leurs effets sur la croissance sectorielle
Li XueUse of Behavioural Economics in Agri-environmental Policy Research
Li XueData Needs for Social Analysis on Agri-environmental Issues
2010-2011
SupervisorTitle
Michael BurtThe Role of Government in Canada's Aerospace Sector
Amélie ClémentPéréquation - Indicateurs de coûts pour les systèmes policiers, judiciaires et carcéraux provinciaux
Richard GabayLiterature Review of Household Projection Methods
Martha JustusAnnual Review of Landings Data of Temporary Residents in Canada
Edgard Rodriguez
Labour and Canadian Development Policy: A cross-section study of Canada's role to improve labour outcomes in the developing world
Carole VincentThe Role of Labour Market Information in Canada
Brian WallaceFirst Nation Community Ranking Framework
Joanna WardzinskiLabour Force Characteristics in the Natural Resource Sectors
Sami BibiImmigration, Employment Disadvantages and Inequality
Brian WallanceSmall Municipal Financing Practices in Ontario
Martha JustusLabour Market Monitoring of Immigrants in Canada
Katrina MarshNatural Resource Productivity Trends
Andrew SharpeProductivity Performance of the Canadian Agricultural Sector
Piyanjali TissaaratchyTrends in Federal Direct Expenditures in the Health Care System
Dominique TremblayHealth Care Expenditures and Income in Canadian Provinces: Unit Root and Cointegration Analysis Based on Panel Data 
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