Brief Vitae (Full Curriculum Vita)
  • Citizenship : Canadian Permanent Resident; Singapore Citizen
  • Employment :
    • Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, St. Francis Xavier University, 09/2014-Present
    • Assistant Professor (Tenured) at the Department of Economics, St. Francis Xavier University, 07/2011-08/2014
    • Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics, University of Guelph, 07/2012-06/2013
    • Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, St. Francis Xavier University, 07/2006-06/2011
  • Education :
  • Research Interest : Applied Micro & Applied Econometrics, Welfare Economics
  • Academic Visits :
    • Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics, National Taiwan University, 05/2018-06/2018
    • Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Guelph, 07/2012-06/2013

  • Publications:
    • On the Asymptotic Distribution of (Generalized) Lorenz Transvariation Measures, Metron, 2017, 75(2), 195-213. Special Issue: Transvariation After a Hundred Years.
    • Quantifying Changes in Economic and Social Justice: The U.S. 1960-2000, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2017, 18(1), 17-45. Joint with Gordon Anderson. Previously circulated as "Quantifying Progress in Equality of Opportunity in the U.S. 1960-2000 in the Context of Many Outcome and Circumstance Indicators".
    • A Note on a Family of Criteria for Evaluating Test Statistics, Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods, 2016, 45(11), 3138-3144. Joint with Gordon Anderson.
    • Measuring Advances in Equality of Opportunity: The Changing Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in Canada in the Last Half Century, Social Indicators Research, 2014, 119(1), 73-99. Joint with Gordon Anderson and Robert Muelhaupt.
    • An Empirical Examination of Matching Theories: The One Child Policy, Partner Choice and Matching Intensity in Urban China, Journal of Comparative Economics, 2013, 41(2), 468-489. Joint with Gordon Anderson.
    • A Polarization-Cohesion Perspective on Cross-Country Convergence, Journal of Economic Growth, 2012, 17(1), 49-69. Joint with Gordon Anderson and Oliver Linton.
    • Distributional Overlap: Simple, Multivariate, Parametric and Non-Parametric Tests for Alienation, Convergence and General Distributional Difference Issues, Econometric Reviews, 2010, 29(3), 247-275. Joint with Gordon Anderson and Ying Ge. Online Publication Date: 7 January 2010.
    • Child Poverty, Generational Mobility and the One Child Policy in Urban China, Review of Income and Wealth, 2009, 55(s1), 607-629. Joint with Gordon Anderson.

  • Working Papers :
    • Alienation and Segmentation in Latent Classes of American Household Income Distributions, 1977-2015, with Gordon Anderson. (In Preparation)
    • On Providing a Complete Ordering of Non-Combinable Alternative Prospects, with Gordon Anderson. (Under Revision)
    • Dealing with Increasing Dimensionality in Wellbeing and Poverty Measurement, Some Problems and Solutions, with Gordon Anderson and Paul Anand. (Under Revision)
    • Is Egoism Counter-Productive to Group Formation, with Claude-Michelle Chavy-Waddy. (In Preparation)

  • Work in Progress :
    • A Semiparametric Approach to Estimating the Impact of Childhood Behavioral Choices on Health Outcome in Adulthood using Mixture Gamma Distribution.
    • An Alternative Approach to Detecting Financial Institutions' Exposure to Excessive Financial Market Risk.
    • Matching in an Unbalanced Market, with Gordon Anderson.
    • Marriage Matching: A Parametric Refinement.
    • Optimal Block Replanting in an Apple Orchard, with Brett Connell.

  • Unpublished Works :
    • From Maternal Preference to Joint Custody: The Impact of Changes in Custody Law on Child Educational Attainment
    • The Impact of Child Custody Legislation on Child Quality: A Differential Fecundity Perspective

  • Invited Seminars:
    • 2018: National Taiwan University, June 2018
    • 2015: Mount Allison University, Janurary 2015
    • 2010: Mount Allison University, February 2010; University of Waterloo, March 2010
    • 2009: International University of Japan, October 2009
    • 2008: Mount Allison University, February 2008
    • 2007: Dalhousie University, January 2007

  • Conference Presentations :
    • 2018:
      • Society of Labor Economists, 23rd Annual Meeting, Toronto, May 2018
    • 2015:
      • Canadian Economic Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, May 2015
    • 2014:
      • Canadian Economic Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, May 2014
    • 2011:
      • 4th meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ), Catania, Sicily, July 2011
      • International Association for Research in Economic Psychology, IAREP/SABE/ICABEEP 2011 Conference, Exeter, July 2011
    • 2010:
      • Canadian Economic Association Annual Meeting, Quebec, May 2010
    • 2009:
      • Far East & South Asia Meeting of the Econometric Society, Tokyo, August 2009
    • 2008:
      • Canadian Economic Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 2008
      • Far Eastern & South Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society, Singapore, July 2008
    • 2007:
      • Canadian Economic Association Annual Meetings, Halifax, June 2007
      • Singapore Economics Review Conference, August 2007
    • 2006:
      • Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), "Wage Growth and Mobility: Micro, Macro and Intergenerational Evidence", Mannheim, March 2006

  • Awards & Services :
    • Awards : Saint Francis Xavier University, University Research/Publication/Teaching Award, 2009, 2012-2014, 2016, 2018
    • Grants : Saint Francis Xavier University, University Council for Research Grant, 2006
    • Referee : Journal of Economic Growth (2); International Economic Review; Economic Development and Cultural Change; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Review of Economics of the Household (2); The Economic Journal (2); Journal of Human Capital; Journal of Population Economics; The Manchester School; Southern Economic Journal; Canadian Journal of Economics; Social Choice & Welfare; Social Indicators Research
    • Committees :
      • StFX, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Chair in Arctic Marine Security Policy Selection Committee, 2016-2017
      • StFX Academic Computing Committee, 2014-2015
      • Department of Economics, Hiring Committee, 2008 & 2009
      • Atlantic Canada Economic Association, 2007 - 2011
    • Organizing Committee :
      • Atlantic Canada Economic Association 35th Annual Conference (Antigonish, 2006 & 2007)
      • Conference on Matching Models in Economics (Toronto, May 2004)
    • Grant Referee :
      • Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2007

    • Courses Taught/Teaching :
      • St. Francis Xavier University:
        • Introduction to Microeconomics
        • Introduction to Macroeconomics
        • Microeconomics I
        • Microeconomics II
        • Economics of Labour & Human Resources
        • Health Economics
        • Econometrics I
        • Econometrics II
        • Econometrics III
        • Industrial Organization
        • Advanced Microeconomics
        • Advanced Macroeconomics
        • Mathematical Economics
        • Seminar
      • University of Toronto (Teaching Assistant):
        • Economics of the Family
        • Labour Economics
        • Microeconomics with Calculus
      • National University of Singapore:
        • Pre-Enrollment Graduate Mathematics for Economics (Instructor)
        • Macroeconomics (Teaching Assistant)
        • Introduction to Statistical Methods (Teaching Assistant)

    • Honours Thesis & Advance Major Students & Placements :
      • 2018
        • Nolan O'Reilly: MA (Economics) at Simon Fraser University
        • Scott Sampson: MA (Economics) at Queen's University
        • David Zurel: MA (Economics) at University of Toronto
      • 2017
        • Claude-Michelle Chavy-Waddy: MSc (Statistics) at University of Toronto
        • Gordon La: MFE (Financial Economics) at University of Western Ontario
        • Patrick MacKinnon: MA (Economics) at University of Western Ontario
        • Sarah MacPhee (Co-Supervisor): MA (Economics) at Queen's University
        • Hannah Rochon (Advanced Major): MSc (Epidemiology) at McGill University
      • 2016
        • Brett Connell (Co-Supervisor): MA (Economics) at Queen's University
        • Thomas Hindle: MA (Economics) at Queen's University
        • Cole Grbavac: KPMG, Calgary
      • 2015:
        • William Fosey: Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
        • Mark Wickson: MSc Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Guelph
      • 2012:
        • Tong Li: MA (Economics) at the University of Waterloo.
      • 2011:
        • Jefferson Harding: MA (Economics) at University of Guelph. Currently, Senior Financial Analyst at Capital One, Virginia.
        • Amanda McVean (Advanced Major): Account Strategist at the Aber Group. Currently, Manager of Media Acquisition & eBusiness at Scotiabank.
      • 2010:
        • Janine Farmer (Co-Supervisor): MA (Economics) at Queen's University.
        • Thomas C. Feltmate: MA (Economics) at Queen's University. Currently, Senior Economist at TD Bank Canada.
        • Colleen Glenn: MActSc (Acturial Science) at the University of Waterloo. Currently, Consulting Actuary at Eckler Ltd.
        • Matthew Johnson: MA (Economics) at the University of Toronto. Currently, Economist at Ontario Ministry of Finance.
        • Chelsea Mitchell: Joint JD (Juris Doctor) & MA (Economics) at Queen's University. Currently, Legal Counsel at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
        • Gregory Mills: MA (Economics) at the University of Ottawa. Currently, Web Analyst at Free The Children.
        • Sara Olfert: MA (Economics) at the University of Alberta. Currently, Financial & Strategic Policy Consultant at Government of Saskatchewan.
        • John Scannell: JD (Juris Doctor) at the University of Cincinnati.
      • 2009:
        • Gao Qian: MA (Economics) at the University of Waterloo.
      • 2008:
        • Chance Creelman: MSc (Environmental Sciences) at St. Francis Xavier University. Currently, VP Research and Development at Eosense.
        • James D. Crowe: MA (Economics) at the University of Toronto.
        • David Hamilton: MA (Economics) at Dalhousie University.
        • Marguax MacDonald (Co-Supervisor): MA/PhD (Economics) at Queen's University. Currently, Researcher at International Monetary Fund (IMF), Research Department.
      • 2007:
        • Joanna Kirton(Co-Supervisor): Coady Institute Intern.