Research

Research at the Department

The Department of Economics has a dynamic group of professors and graduate students who are actively engaged in research. They carry out empirical as well as theoretical research in several fields of economics, among which are development economics, environmental and resource economics, health economics, industrial organization, labour economics, macroeconomics, and political economy. Through its active series of workshops, internal and external seminars, the Department offers opportunities for professors, graduate students, and scholars from around the world to present and discuss their research ideas and findings.

World of Ideas Features

 

Comment mesure-t-on la plutonomie?

(in French) Au début des années 80, plusieurs politiciens commencent à marteler que l’État providence est un frein à la prospérité de tous et qu’il faudrait éliminer autant que possible les réglementations, diminuer la progressivité de la taxation et limiter le rôle de l’État. Dès le départ, le tout est enrobé dans un discours sur l’excellence des élites. Mettre en place des politiques qui favorisent les élites économiques serait, selon ce qu’ils affirment, bénéfique à tous. Il ne faut surtout pas s’inquiéter des personnes sans emplois ou des salariés à bas revenus puisque dans un avenir relativement proche, tous bénéficieraient de cette nouvelle prospérité collective.

Author: Paul Makdissi, Department of Economics

Est-il progressif de maintenir des frais de scolarité peu élevés pour l'éducation postsecondaire?

(in French) In this text, Paul Makdissi, attempts to answer the question: is maintaining low tuition fees regressive, in other word, does it increase inequalities in Quebec? Using statistical models, professor Makdissi demonstrates that the Robin Hood argument put forth by the supporters of increased tuition fees does not reflect the reality of Quebec.

Author: Paul Makdissi, Department of Economics

Research Chairs, Groups and Laboratories

Canada Research Chair

Study and Research Laboratory

  • Study and Research Laboratory in Economic Development
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