Faculty of the Vancouver School of Economics engage in policy-related discussions with the broader economics community on numerous levels.
Our faculty undertakes policy discussion by:
- Advising directly with government departments
- Being involved in government commissions
- Interactions with NGOs
- Giving presentations and participating in panel discussions at various conferences and events
- Taking part in the public debate through media commentaries
Policy Discussion Activities
Accurate measures of price indexes are central to all government policy. On its own, the consumer price index is probably the single most important economic measure, being integral in both individual contracts in the economy and in our efforts to measure real economic growth.
Much of Erwin Diewert's work has been concerned with the properties and correct measurement of these indexes. He consults directly with governments, agencies and United Nations-sponsored groups worldwide and is a significant figure in efforts to improve and coordinate national statistics.
Governments seem to be particularly interested in soliciting input on policy decisions related to labour markets (e.g., in policy areas such as employment insurance, education, retirement, immigration, training) and public finances (taxation and expenditure decisions).
We have very active labour and public finance group both as researchers and as contributors to policy discussions.
Our School includes some of the top macroeconomists in Canada (and among the top-ranked in the world). They have spent considerable time and effort advising central banks – particularly the Bank of Canada – and organizations like the International Monetary Fund.
One of our acknowledged areas of expertise is in development economics. Faculty members are active participants in ongoing policy debates, with a particular focus on India.