I work in a variety of areas spanning economics and public policy. My academic work currently focuses on Canadian climate policy, energy affordability, and energy markets, with a little bit of economic history and public finance.  My research spans academic articles and book chapterspolicy articles, short policy notes, and I also write technical reports for governments.

To view my research by topic area, follow this link. Work in progress is available here.

Research Interests

Featured Research

Exploring the Landscape of Canadian Climate Policy

I present an overview of modern Canadian climate policy, and then propose a research agenda for future Canadian climate policy research. This potential research agenda follows three themes: effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policy interventions, equity in climate policy, and understanding policy interactions.

This was published in the 50th anniversary edition of Canadian Public Policy in 2024. 

I presented this work at the Canadian Economics Association Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 3, 2023.

Carbon Tax Costs and Distributional Impacts

This is joint work with Dr. Brett Dolter, University of Regina and Dr. G. Kent Fellows, University of Calgary. It is published in Canadian Public Policy and received the 2023 Vanderkamp Prize for the best article in Canadian Public Policy.

Given the differences in provincial approaches to emissions pricing and the differences in household spending, it can be difficult to determine exactly how much this carbon price costs Canadian households. In an effort to help people understand the household impact of carbon pricing in Canada, for each province and by income decile, we present estimates of:

We analyse four revenue-recycling options: (1) a means-tested sales tax (GST/HST) credit increase; (2) a lump sum dividend; (3) a sales tax rate reduction; and (4) an increased basic exemption for personal income taxes. We characterise the distributional impact and progressivity of each revenue-recycling option.

We find the carbon tax is generally progressive even without revenue recycling, the GST rebate and lump sum rebate are progressive, the sales tax rate reduction is mostly regressive, and the income tax change is regressive. Importantly, the large-emitters system mitigates the indirect costs that exacerbates the effect of carbon pricing on households.

The paper explains our methodology and results in detail, and report results on the website