St FX Economics In The News

Some recent news items involving the Department of Economics:


The Economics of Violence

On January 21, Cornelius Christian spoke to 98.9 XFM about his new course, The Economics of Violence, which is unique in Canada.

Recent Economic Developments

Greg Tkacz appeared on The Rick Howe Show (95.7 FM) to speak about

  • The Bank of Canada's policy decision (January 21)
  • Exchange rate movements (January 14)

He also spoke to The Casket about recent exchange rate movements (January 21)


Warm Weather Spelled an Ill WInd for Scottish Witches

The latest paper by Professor Cornelius Christian was the feature of a full-length article in The Sunday Times, one of the United Kingdom's biggest newspapers. Another write-up appeared in the Edinburgh Deadline News.

StFX Economics Students Among Finalists for Bank of Canada Governor's Challenge

Four Economics students comprised the StFX team that are advancing to the national finals in Ottawa next February to determine the national champion of the Governor's Challenge. This competition requires teams of students to analyze current economic conditions, forecast key economic variables and provide advice to the Bank's Governing Council on the setting of interest rates. Only five Universities are advancing to the finals out of 22 Universities that entered the competition.

Cole Grbavac Among Top-Eight Academic All-Canadians

StFX hockey captain and Honours BBA student Cole Grbavac recently traveled to Ottawa to accept an award from the Governor General as one of Canada's top student athletes. Cole is working on his Honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Teng Wah Leo, and received an ACENet fellowship to conduct research with Dr. Leo.

A Productive Week for Economics Students

In the span of one week, Economics students win top prize at an academic conference; have a paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal; and land a highly coveted position at the Bank of Canada.

About the Economics of Violence

Cornelius Christian appeared on Economics Detective Radio on October 16 to discuss his research on the Economics of Violence.

Who WIll Benefit from the TPP?

Greg Tkacz spoke to The Casket on 15 October about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Nova Scotia.

Briefing the County About CEA 2017

The Department gave the Municipality of the County of Antigonish a heads-up about the June 2017 CEA meeting; The Casket reported on our presentation on September 24.

Economics Student Summer Research

Eight student researchers discuss their impressive summer research work with StFX News on September 15.

On The Rick Howe Show, News 95.7 FM Halifax

Greg Tkacz is frequently called upon to provide expert economic commentary to the listeners of the Rick Howe Show. Some recent topics that he discussed live on the air include:

  • The federal budget surplus (September 15)
  • Is the Canadian economy in a recession? (September 1)
  • Financial market volatility (August 24)
  • Recent exchange rate movements (July 31)

Financial Crisis in Greece

Greg Tkacz appeared on 98.9 XFM on 16 July to discuss the financial crisis in Greece.

CEA 2017 Conference

Greg Tkacz spoke with The Casket on 9 July regarding preparations for the 2017 conference of the Canadian Economics Association, to be hosted by the StFX Economics Department. 

On the Role of Megaprojects in the Economy

Will megaprojects yield many benefits for Nova Scotia? Greg Tkacz spoke to the Halifax Chronicle-Herald on 6 June.

Planning Begins for the 2017 Canadian Economics Association Conference to be Held at StFX

Greg Tkacz was interviewed by 98.9 XFM on 5 June to discuss plans for this massive conference.

Recent StFX Graduates Receive Top Graduate Awards, Among the Highest in Their Discipline

Gabrielle Vasey (B.Sc. 2014) will receive US$306,000 over five years to complete a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Michael Thomson (B.Sc. 2015) will receive $44,000 to complete an eight-month M.A. program in Economics at the University of Western Ontario.

Economics Expert Weighs In on Budget

Greg Tkacz was interviewed by The Casket following the release of the 2015 federal budget.

Impact of Lower Exchange Rate

Greg Tkacz appeared on the Rick Howe Show (95.7 FM Halifax) on 30 January to discuss the implications.

Impact of Lower Interest Rates

What does the Bank of Canada's decision to lower its policy rate mean for the Nova Scotia economy? Greg Tkacz appeared on the Rick Howe Show (95.7 FM Halifax), 101.5 The Hawk (Port Hawkesbury), 98.9 XFM (Antigonish) and The Sheldon MacLeod Show (95.7 FM Halifax) on 22-23 January, 2015, to discuss the implications.

Economics Professors Receive Over $130,000 to Study the Economic Impact of Climate Change on Coastal Areas

Professors Withey and Rosborough receive $89,000 from Natural Resources Canada, and Withey receives a $42,000 SSHRC grant. They spoke to 98.9 XFM on 12 January, 2015, about their work.

Impact of Lower Oil Prices

Greg Tkacz spoke to 98.9 XFM on 7 January, 2015, about the implications of lower oil prices for Nova Scotia, and was interviewed by The Casket on 14 January.


Municipal Financial Condition Indexes

Greg Tkacz offered his views on Financial Condition Indexes that were developed to get a snapshot of the financial health of Nova Scotia municipalities. The Casket, 22 May, 2014.

Outstanding Teaching Award for Dr. Rosborough

Our very own Jonathan Rosborough was the recipient of the 2014 StFX Outstanding Teaching Award, which was awarded at convocation on 4 May, 2014. His citation noted that dozens of current and former students nominated him for this award, and that he has consistently received some of the strongest teaching evaluations at StFX. His students describe him as "an amazing teacher", "fun", "helpful", "caring" and "compassionate". His colleagues in the Department of Economics describe him as, no less, "one of the finest Economics teachers in the country."

Michelin Plant Layoffs

Greg Tkacz shares his views about the impending layoff of 500 workers at the Granton, Nova Scotia, Michelin tire factory (March, 2014).

The 2014 Federal Budget

Greg Tkacz spoke to The Casket about Economic Action Plan 2014:


StFX Student Obtains Coveted Position at the Bank of Canada

  • Casey Jones, an Honours B.A. candidate in Math and Economics, beat out several hundered students from across the country to land a position at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa.

Views on the U.S. Debt Ceiling

  • During Vancouver's morning rush hour on October 17, Greg Tkacz spoke with CKNW AM980 on the implications of the 11th-hour agreement to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

Can Google Predict Recessions?

  • A C.D. Howe Institute Commentary by Greg Tkacz shows that some Google search terms are fairly highly correlated with the 2008-09 recession in real-time. This paper generated quite a bit of media interest, with a Canadian Press story being published in dozens of national outlets such as Maclean's, the Toronto Star, the Calgary Herald, CTV News and the Huffington Post. He was also interviewed by radio stations in Antigonish (98.9 XFM), Port Hawkesbury (101.5 The Hawk), Calgary (660 News), Vancouver (News 1130 and CKNW AM980) and Victoria (CFAX 1070), and several other national and international media outlets. Here are a few interesting media links:

Jon Rosborough Teaches in China

  • Professor Jon Rosborough was part of a faculty and student exchange between St FX and two Universities in China. He taught Microeconomic Theory to students at Changzhou University who will later complete their degrees at St FX.

St FX Economics Department Co-hosts Economic Forum on Rural Economic Development in Atlantic Canada

  • In conjunction with Newspapers Atlantic, the St FX Economics department co-hosted an economic forum titled Rural Redefined on 15 May, 2013. Featured speakers included Ben Cowan-Dewar, manager and developer of Cabot Links in Inverness; Glynn Williams of Authentic Seacoast in Guysborough; and Greg Tkacz, Chair of the Economics Department. 

Budget Reaction Continues

  • Professor Tkacz shared his thoughts on the 2013 federal budget with The Casket.

St FX Economics Department to Host Major National Conference

  • In June 2017, the St FX Economics department will host more than 800 economists from Canada and around the world as part of the 51st annual meeting of the Canadian Economics Association. This will be the first time that this major conference will be held at a primarily undergraduate University.


St FX Economics Professors Trace History of the Antigonish Movement in New Book, The Big Picture

  • Professors Santo Dodaro and Leonard Pluta (retired) give a comprehensive overview of the Antigonish Movement in a new new book published by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Even in Extreme Events, the Tills keep Ringing Up Sales

  • Professors John Galbraith of McGill University and Greg Tkacz of St FX speak to the Globe and Mail about debit card and cheque payments during three extreme events: the Sept. 11 attacks, the 2003 blackout in Ontario and several U.S. states, and the SARS epidemic centred around Toronto in 2003. 

South Sudan Bound: StFX Economics Professor to Advise on Managing Oil Revenue

  • StFX professor and Chair of the Economics Department, Dr. Joe Amoako-Tuffour, has been invited to join experts in a conference in South Sudan this October to deliberate on the management of the country’s oil resources.

A Pair of SSHRC Research Grants for St FX Economics

  • Dr. Tkacz is the recipient of two SSHRC grants, totaling almost $45,000. The first, a Standard Research Grant, and the second, an Insight Development Grant, will look at the research agendas, "Short-run macroeconomic forecasting" and "How should monetary policy respond to financial stress?" respectively.